The energy bill passes.

posted by Luke Ran

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.