Some of the amendments to the bill proposed on the floor today:
Amendment #3, to remove the provisions of the bill that will allow oil and gas exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, defeated 231–200.
Amendment #4, to direct the Secretary of Transportation to increase fuel economy standards from today’s average of 25 mpg to 33 mpg over 10 years (by 2015) to reduce by 10% the gasoline the nation would otherwise consume by 2015, defeated 254–177.
Amendments #5 and #6 to direct the Administrator of the EPA to revise Federal vehicle fuel economy adjustment factors (related post), passed 346–85.
- Amendment #9 to require the Administration to take “voluntary, regulatory, and other actions” to reduce oil demand in the US by 1 million barrels per day from projected levels by 2013, defeated 262–166.
Amendment #11 to authorize a 3-year demonstration program for the production of ethanol in Hawaii to parallel the existing program for corn to show that the process can be applicable to cane sugar and can be replicated on larger scale, passed by verbal vote.
Debate resumes tomorrow.
Separately, Congressman Bartlett’s Special Order presentation to the House on Peak Oil was rescheduled to sometime next week.