By JULIANE VON REPPERT-BISMARCK
January 31, 2007 5:56 p.m.
BRUSSELS — The European Commission opened a second front in its fight against climate change with a call for binding rules that will force oil refiners to cut carbon-dioxide emissions from vehicle fuel 10% by 2020.
The commission is facing resistance from Europe’s auto industry and national governments over a plan to cut emissions from new cars. Now it is picking a potential fight with oil companies.
If endorsed by European Union governments, the law will take effect in 2011, EU officials said. The plan represents another step toward the commission’s goal to cut dependence on imported fossil fuels by increasing the use of biofuels and curb the economic impact of global warming.