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Web Date: June 22, 2007

Senate Passes Energy Bill

Vote follows surprise agreement over vehicle-efficiency standards
Department: Government & Policy | Collection: Climate Change
News Channels: Environmental SCENE

Just before midnight on June 21, by a 65 to 27 vote, the Senate passed a broad energy bill. The vote followed a surprise agreement over vehicle-efficiency standards that had bottled up the bill on the Senate floor for more than a week.

The agreement raises vehicle mile-per-gallon requirements for the first time in more than 30 years. It increases today's average of 25 mpg to 35 mpg by 2020 for cars and trucks. With . . .

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