Bill to Cancel Oil Subsidies Will Fail Later Today

By: Tuesday May 17, 2011 12:19 pm

The Senate will hold an initial test vote today on eliminating subsidies for Big Oil, essentially a vote on the motion to proceed that, per agreement, will require 60 votes to pass. Apparently that “gentleman’s agreement” where Republicans promise never to filibuster the motion to proceed (this is a “painless filibuster” where the 60-vote threshold [...]

Jeff Bingaman, Senate Natural Resources Committee Chair, Doesn’t Know About Tax Treatment of Natural Resource Extraction

By: Monday May 16, 2011 11:00 am

The other vote we’ve been waiting for the Senate to hold, other than the one on the Ryan budget that ends Medicare, is a vote on ending $21 billion in fossil fuel subsidies to the Big 5 oil companies. This is another vote that has electoral potential, and it’s already proven to be a fairly [...]

NM-Sen: Jeff Bingaman Becomes Latest to Announce Retirement

By: Friday February 18, 2011 10:11 am

The Senate must not be the fun-loving, free-wheeling place it always was. Jeff Bingaman, the Chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, will announce his retirement later today, according to sources. He becomes the sixth Senator – three Democrats, two Republicans, and Joe Lieberman – to announce their retirements in the past month. [...]

White House Partying Like It’s 2009, Huddling with Senator on Clean Energy Standard

By: Tuesday February 1, 2011 9:53 am

I mentioned last week that the “clean energy standard” proposed by President Obama in the State of the Union didn’t look like it had the support of interest groups on either side, or the support of the House. Nevertheless, the White House and Sen. Jeff Bingaman of the Senate Natural Resources Committee are hashing out [...]

Clean Energy Standard Would Redefine Renewable Energy to Include Nuclear, Clean Coal

By: Tuesday December 14, 2010 7:32 am

You know that energy policy is not going to be as friendly to environmental interests in the new Congress when the Democrat being tapped to lead a coalition is from Alaska. Is a 2011 Senate coalition on energy starting to take shape? Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) said he called Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) late last [...]

Weak Renewable Energy Standard Getting Bipartisan Support

By: Thursday September 23, 2010 9:15 am

If you want to know what successful legislation will look like in an era of divided government, look no further than the bill taking shape from Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Sam Brownback. It offers a renewable energy standard mandating that utility companies derive 15% of their electricity from renewable sources by 2021. For contrast, California’s [...]

Not All Renewable Energy Standards Are Created Equal

By: Tuesday July 27, 2010 7:31 am

The scaled-back energy bill that Harry Reid will release today includes a few decent pieces. It will have an oil spill response package similar to the House bill that gets a Rules Committee vote today. That bill also has a change that would fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which previously authorized funding [...]

Whither the Energy Bill?

By: Monday July 19, 2010 2:27 pm

With the end of any hope for an economy-wide cap and trade bill this year, and even a utility-only cap all but dead (why CAP’s draft recommendations include the utility-only cap when it’s not going into the bill is puzzling), thoughts turn to what kind of a bill the Senate could muster that would actually [...]

Reid Sets Tentative Late July Debate for Climate and Energy Bill

By: Wednesday July 14, 2010 7:00 am

Harry Reid has a draft of a climate and energy bill that he plans to bring to the Senate floor within a couple weeks, the Majority Leader said. That would begin the climate debate right around the end of the July work period, so I don’t know what that means for pushing back the deadline [...]

Energy Bill: Main Components Include Renewable Standard, Oil Spill Response

By: Monday July 12, 2010 1:51 pm

Andrew Restuccia, the new environment and energy reporter for the Washington Independent, has the scoop on the probable component parts of the Senate’s energy and climate bill. Basically, we’re looking at two main parts: a response to the BP oil spill and a renewable electricity standard. A cap on carbon emissions, even a utility-only cap, [...]

Enter Jeff Bingaman, Climate Savior

By: Friday July 2, 2010 7:40 am

(Y’all may have noticed Dave Johnson testing out the equipment for me in the last post. Big thanks to him for filling in. I’ll be around for a little while longer today, and then Dave will be flying solo through next Tuesday.) It must not be fun being John Kerry. You get Swift-boated by a [...]

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