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House energy bill rejects car fuel economy boost

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A House committee on Thursday approved legislation that would increase the energy efficiency of home appliances and promote plug-in hybrid vehicles, but the measure fell short of a related Senate bill that seeks to increase the fuel economy of cars and trucks.

However, House Democratic leaders said a final energy package will include higher vehicle mileage requirements and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she supported the fuel economy boost contained in the Senate legislation.

The bill, which cleared the House Energy and Commerce Committee by a 33-21 vote, would require clothes washing machines, dishwashers, refrigerators and freezers to use less energy, and require more efficient light bulbs.

The bill would also provide government funding to develop plug-in electric vehicles and promote alternative fuels like ethanol.


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