The House Energy and Commerce Committee began debate April 24 on two pieces of energy legislation. The first, the Gasoline Regulations Act of 2012 (H.R. 4471), which was introduced April 23 by Representative Ed Whitfield (R-KY), would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from implementing Tier 3 vehicle emissions standards, greenhouse gas standards for oil refineries, and ozone air quality standards until a multi-agency panel has studied their impact on gasoline prices. The second, the Strategic Energy Production Act (H.R. 4480) would require that any withdrawal from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve would be offset by an increase in federal lands offered for oil and gas exploration, development, and production.
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