Biofuel, Coal-State Dems Beg for Scraps for Industry in Future Energy Bills

By: Friday February 4, 2011 11:28 am

Democratic Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tim Johnson have taken up the call from President Obama in the State of the Union of a clean energy standard, while calling it a renewable energy standard. Klobuchar and Johnson will introduce legislation on an RES, but she praised the CES idea. In addition, their bill from last year, [...]

Administration Announces Green Building Initiative

By: Thursday February 3, 2011 11:42 am

The President today proposed an energy efficiency initiative for commercial buildings that would provide tax incentives for retrofits and efficiency upgrades. Basically this attaches a “BuildingStar” component to the HomeStar legislation which has sat in Congress for well over a year. The White House estimates this program would increase energy efficiency by 20% in the [...]

The Rapid Demise of the Clean Energy Standard Proposal

By: Wednesday January 26, 2011 10:39 am

One of the few actual policy prescriptions in the State of the Union address was a vow to have a “clean energy standard,” deriving 80% of the electricity in the country from clean energy sources by 2035. The words “clean energy” play an important role here. You typically hear about a “renewable energy standard,” with [...]

Clean Energy Standard, Blocking EPA Carbon Regulation on Pollution-State Senators’ Agenda

By: Monday December 20, 2010 9:59 am

The best hope for success in the 112th Congress is stasis, a kind of gridlock that doesn’t make things appreciably worse. Millions of unemployed Americans across the country would rather that government worked at giving them opportunities for jobs, but the incoming Republican House just isn’t interested in doing that. One area where stasis would [...]

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 [...]

Don’t Expect Big Energy Bills in the Lame Duck Session

By: Thursday September 30, 2010 8:38 am

So, here are the three bills that Harry Reid filed for cloture on last night, which will be the first three taken up in the lame duck session: Promoting Natural Gas & Electric Vehicles Act of 2010 (S. 3815) Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 3772) FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510) Tom Coburn has been [...]

Renewable Energy Standard Will Need Major GOP Support to Pass

By: Friday September 24, 2010 8:19 am

Though the Senate has four Republican co-sponsors on a relatively weak renewable energy standard, Brad Plumer writes that they’d need more to pass anything: It’s possible, but the odds are still extremely long. And four Republican co-sponsors won’t be enough. “Realistically, this bill will need at least a half-dozen Republicans actively supporting it,” says Dan [...]

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 [...]

Murkowski Stripped of Committee Chair, Too

By: Wednesday September 22, 2010 8:23 am

That’s Lisa Murkowski, in her first general election campaign ad, explaining why she will go forward with a write-in campaign. Within a week of that announcement, the Republican leadership in the Senate acted quickly, not only stripping Murkowski of her Vice-Chair position, but taking away her plum committee assignment. Senate Republicans just said they will [...]

The Climate and Energy Failure: Wasted Opportunity, or Pre-Ordained?

By: Wednesday September 8, 2010 12:29 pm

Ezra has a good short piece on why President Obama opted for health care reform over a climate bill, saying that the moment basically was foisted upon him. The health care coalition was broader than the climate coalition, had more institutional actors, and the Democrats in Congress were more united on the issue. Indeed, we’re [...]

Reid: Energy Bill Pushed to Lame-Duck Session

By: Tuesday August 31, 2010 11:23 am

A narrow energy bill which Harry Reid scaled back from earlier, more grandiose ambitions is likely to be pushed back until after the midterm elections, said the Senate Majority Leader on a conference call today. However, he did offer renewed hope, for the first time in a while, that the bill could include a renewable [...]

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