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A bill closely resembling the Bush Administration's National Energy Strategy (Global Climate Change Digest, News, May 1991) was passed by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in May 1991 (S. 1220, National Energy Security Act--amended form of S. 341). When it reaches the Senate floor, one controversial portion of the bill is likely to be fuel efficiency standards for vehicles. A different bill approved by the Commerce Committee in March requires automakers to improve corporate average fuel efficiency (CAFE) by 40% by the year 2001, while S. 1220 has a much weaker requirement calling only for federal study of the need for such standards. Senator Timothy Wirth attempted but failed to attach to S. 1220 a set of global warming amendments, similar to the legislation he introduced last year that was passed by the Senate but not the House (S. 324).

The June 17, 1991, Chemical & Engineering News is a special issue with broad coverage of U.S. energy policy and technological options. (See also Reports/National Energy Strategy, this Global Climate Change Digest issue--July 1991.)

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