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Hastings Speaks Out Against Energy Bill

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Washington, D.C. -- Representative Doc Hastings is speaking out against a new energy bill passed by the House.

The bill would create a new fuel economy standard, forcing cars to get 35 miles per gallon by 2020. It would also boost renewable fuel and electricity production and generate $13 billion in new tax revenues by repealing a tax break on US oil and gas companies.

Hastings says the bill will raise taxes and gas prices and that it ignores hydropower as a renewable energy source.

The bill must still be passed by the Senate before the President takes a look at it.