Coalition Calls on Reid to Include RES in Energy Bill

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Friday, July 23, 2010 at 2:41 pm

A coalition of environmental, labor and renewable energy groups sent a letter today to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) calling for inclusion of a renewable energy standard in the energy bill he will bring to the floor before the August recess.

The letter is the latest effort by the groups to pressure Reid to push a RES, which requires that a certain percentage of the country’s electricity come from renewable sources like wind and solar. The coalition does not offer any details on what the RES should look like, but renewable energy advocates have long called for a 25 percent RES by 2025. Given the lack of support for a utility-only climate bill in the Senate, the question is: Can a strong RES get 60 votes?

In the letter, the coalition cites the RES included in Sen. Jeff Bingaman’s (D-N.M.) energy bill. But Bingaman’s RES would requires 15 percent of the country’s electricity come from renewables by 2021, a target that is too weak by most environmentalists’ standard.

The letter says:

As representatives of labor, the environmental community, and renewable energy trade associations, we appeal to you to include the national renewable electricity standard (RES) in the energy bill next week. Without immediate passage, hundreds of thousands of jobs will be lost and surrendered to other countries forever.

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trippin
Comment posted July 23, 2010 @ 8:26 pm

“the question is: Can a strong RES get 60 votes?”

Simple. To answer that, answer this: would a strong RES diminish the profits of oil companies even slightly?

If the answer to this question is “yes,” then the answer to that question is “no.” No sophisticated prognostication necessary.


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Comment posted July 24, 2010 @ 11:56 am

It might be important to recall that the tipping point of $145 a barrel two years earlier forced current economic slump.
As we are well aware, the high gas prices had prompted soaring consumer prices and inflation pressures, as a consequence, the Federal Reserve Bank
raised key interest rates on end, taking a heavy toll on the construction market.
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Inevitably, the high gas prices turned SUV, housing boom into a gas-guzzler, housing bubble.
The major automotive businesses in line with oil firms had been so reluctant to moving to energy efficiency that they suffered near dismantling. Without tax payers' money , they could've flattened.
And ahead of the break-out of this recession, the average folks had been feeling the severe pain at the pump for the several years.
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Presently, the huge trade deficits come from oil import and the trade deficit with China. Against this backdrop, the hands-off approach on such issues
is never consistent with the chanting of mounting debt. Unless the administration implements renewable energy policies to reverse the huge trade deficits on oil,
the nation risks double-dip recession.
Thankfully, recent findings show that tangible increase in the renewable energy is economically and technically feasible.
Again, heart-breaking costs of war and too excessive military spending need to be redirected to the promising, unavoidable measures on renewable energy.


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