The energy bill passes.
We here at RAN join the Grist crew in being underwhelmed
by the new energy bill. Requiring 35 mpg fleet fuel economy in a decade or so is a modest improvement, sure. But plug-in hybrids
---hybrids that allow you to recharge from the electrical grid in addition to generating electricity from gasoline---already get around 80 mpg. Also, some provisions for funding investment in renewables were stripped from the bill to get the CAFE standard through. It seems like Congress could do a little more if they were really serious about averting environmental catastrophe.