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Fueling change

August 12, 2007

Re "House OKs a mandate on clean energy," Aug. 5

The House bill favoring energy efficiency and renewable energy, rather than subsidies to the oil and coal industries, is indeed momentous. Next the bill goes to a conference committee, where it meets the substantially different Senate bill. Given the saturation of lobbyists proclaiming for the dinosaur fuels, what emerges from the committee could be a strange animal or no animal at all.

However, there is a real possibility that the Senate's improved fuel economy standards and the House's emphasis on renewable energy will survive; and if they don't spend it all on ethanol, the U.S. will be off to a great new beginning.

Robert Siebert

Orange

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