The U.S. Senate has passed a version of the energy bill after removing a controversial tax increase on major oil and gas producers from the version approved by the House.
The measure passed 86-8 and included improved fuel economy standards that would require cars, trucks and SUVs to reach an industry average of 35 miles per gallon in the next 13 years, 10 miles per gallon more than they achieve today. The bill would also boost the use of ethanol to 36 billion gallons per year by 2022, 21 billion of which would have to come from sources other then corn.
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