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Senate Tentatively Moving Forward with Energy Bill

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For many reasons, it would be important to have Republicans at the table for these discussions, only one of which being the votes needed to pass a bill. With oil continuing to gush into the Gulf, maybe the U.S. public can weigh in on this important issue and convince law makers that we need to put the process in motion to achieve energy independence within the next two decades.

This would of course include much more use of natural gas, more domestic drilling, more nuclear power plants, and market based incentives to encourage research and development and increased use of energy from renewable sources. Most important of course would be increasing energy efficiency.

Even with government and citizen support, it’s difficult to see how this legislation could be passed before the August recess or even this fall’s elections, but it will be interesting to watch the discussions.

Senate Democrats poised to start energy bill

Legislation could include a carbon cap on utility companies. Many Democrats hope a summer discussion on energy will establish a strong contrast with Republicans before this fall’s election.

FeinsteinFrom left, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, (D-Calif.); Michael R. Bromwich, director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management ; and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar speak before a subcommittee hearing on Minerals Management Service reorganization. (Karen Bleier, AFP/Getty Images / June 23, 2010)
By Lisa Mascaro and Richard Simon Tribune Washington Bureau
Reporting from Washington —
With the gulf oil spill creating political opportunity, Senate Democrats will begin crafting a sweeping energy bill this week that could include a first-ever, though more modest, cap on global-warming pollution, believing they must act now despite differences within their ranks and political jitters in an election year.
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Written by Jason

June 27th, 2010 at 8:35 am