Note the comments by the new chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, as reported by Reuters:
WASHINGTON, Nov 8 (Reuters) - The Michigan Democrat who will head the House Energy and Commerce Committee next year previewed on Wednesday his energy priorities: cleaner cars powered by diesel and electricity, storing waste from U.S. nuclear reactors and probing offshore federal lease deals.
Rep. John Dingell, who has been a U.S. lawmaker since 1955, also gave a strong indication of what he did not plan to do: raise fuel-efficiency standards for U.S. automobiles...
Dingell, whose home district includes Detroit's big three automakers -- Ford Motor Co. , General Motors Corp. and Chrysler Group - downplayed the need for boosting U.S. fuel economy rules.
"I'm not sure that there's any urgent needs for us to address those questions," Dingell told CNBC in an interview.