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Lieberman encouraged that energy bill will be on track

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This comes as only somewhat of a relief after yesterday’s news that tripartisan talks on the energy bill had broken down the day before a draft of the legislation was to be released. I say “only somewhat” because saying it may be done “this year” is a far cry from previous estimates that it would be done in the next couple of months.

The reason I see the energy bill as so important is not because I’m hoping for one set of policies or another. Yes, I have my preferences, but it seems all of industry is waiting to hear what’s in this bill so they can plan their energy use and investment strategies accordingly. Clearly, however it shakes out in the particulars, this bill will demand at least some changes in energy use on the part of business, government, and regular citizens.

This does not necessarily put us solely in the reactive position, as many stakeholders have been proactively engaged, from regular voters voicing concerns to elected officials, to industry, to utilities, and to  oil, coal,  gas, and alternative energy providers.

The sooner the politicians enact the voices of the people who’ve spoken and release this bill, the sooner we can move forward.

WASHINGTON — A day after bipartisan support for an energy and climate change bill appeared to crumble, a Senate sponsor said yesterday he was optimistic the coalition would regroup and lawmakers would consider the measure this year.

Senator Joe Lieberman, a Connecticut independent, said that he was encouraged after talking to Senate majority leader Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, and Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, who were at odds over Reid’s suggestion that an immigration overhaul might be considered before the energy bill.

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Senators to Release New Energy Plan by April 22

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Senators seek new energy plan

Apr 15 – McClatchy-Tribune Regional News – Barbara Ferguson Arab News, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Sen. John Kerry is preparing legislation to release a new energy plan by Earth Day.

Kerry, D-Massachusetts, said he and the other senators drafting the legislation, Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, and Joseph Lieberman, Independent from Connecticut, are on track to release their plan on April 22.

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Written by Jason

April 16th, 2010 at 7:16 am