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32 Senate Democrats Call for RES in Energy/Spill Bill

With this week’s delay on the energy and oil spill bill, lawmakers are renewing their push to include a renewable energy mandate in the legislation. Politico notes this morning that 32 Democrats sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) calling for inclusion of an a renewable energy standard in the bill.

Lawmakers sent a version of the letter to Reid last month; this one includes five more signatures. The lawmakers call for the passage of the “strongest possible” RES and discourage Reid from allowing other “non-renewable energy sources,” like nuclear or coal coupled with technology to reduce its emissions, to count in such a standard. Republicans have long called for a so-called “diverse energy standard,” which would take into account nuclear and “clean coal.”

Reid has consistently said he does not have the votes necessary to pass an RES, but that isn’t going to stop the renewable energy industry from lobbying for inclusion of the standard. Yesterday, a key industry source told me it’s “very likely” that the industry will renew its RES push.

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