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House: we have an energy bill

The U.S. House has now passed its version of a new energy bill.

The U.S. House has now passed its version of a new energy bill. It does not match one passed earlier this year by the Senate. And neither bill matches what President BUsh indicates he would sign into law.

The House bill does require utilities to use more renewable energy sources in producing electricity. It calls for 15% of electric generation to come from renewable sources such as wind, solar or hydroelectric. The House bill calls for more stringent energy efficiency standards on new buildings, appliances and lighting. It does NOT raise mileage standards on cars. That is a conflict with the Senate bill.

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