House Passes Energy Tax Prevention Act

H.R. 910, the Energy Tax Prevention Act, prohibits the EPA from defining certain vehicle emission gases, such as water vapor and carbon dioxide, as greenhouse gases in its regulations to stem climate change. The bill also prohibits individual states (such as California) from mandating stricter vehicle emission standards than that provided for by the Federal Government. The CBO estimates that this will save the Federal Government $307 million over the next six years; no estimate of how much this will save consumers at the gas pump, or reduce costs in the auto and oil industries, but it is a significant amount.

The measure passed by a vote of 255-172, with all Republicans voting for it, joined by 19 Democrats.

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