New Directions For Federal Energy Policy

It's obvious that the US Congress will take a new tact on energy policy, beginning January of 2007. The Washington Post gives us a glimpse of what's coming . " Energy issues will have to go through Rep. John D. Dingell of Michigan (pictured), the ranking Democrat and presumptive chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee". " Dingell said he would back measures to promote new energy technologies, diesel fuel and cars, electric vehicles, and conservation in buildings " And, in an interesting sidebar: "Alan Reuther, legislative director for the United Auto Workers, which has opposed mandated fuel-economy increases, said lawmakers could rally behind legislation promoting advanced vehicle technologies and expanding the markets for ethanol and diesel fuels".The Society of Environmental Journalists put up a nice prospectus as well: "On the menu: more research and support for energy alternatives such as wind, clean diesel, plug-in cars, and green buildings. Off the menu: tax breaks and giveaways for oil, drilling the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge or many offshore tracts".

Hint to Senate and Congressional staffers, TreeHugger's archives are your go-to place to see the latest and greatest examples of what Congress will be looking at, along with reactions from our readers.

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