Posted by 03 March 2020
Energy issues will be in the forefront of Senate debate this week. Senators will consider legislation that contains a host of new energy initiatives.
Among the items in S. 2657 are:
- Set energy efficiency standards for federal buildings
- Extend incentives for hydropower
- Provide credits for consumers who purchase energy efficient appliances
- Promote research of nuclear power
- Authorize more funding for research into renewable energy technology
- Provide funds for carbon capture
- Ease restrictions on mining for critical minerals
This legislation largely avoids taking on more controversial energy policies, such as greater efforts to tackle climate change.
Sponsored by Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Joe Manchin (D-WV), this bill has bipartisan support. However, some Democrats have expressed concern that provisions may be too friendly to mining interest. They also say that the bill should go further in tackling climate change. However, even in the face of this opposition, the bill is expected to pass easily later this week. It is unclear if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will bring it for a vote in that chamber.
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