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The Precarious Balance of the Renewable Energy Standard

It’s a tricky thing, getting 60 votes for a renewable energy standard in the Senate. As of yesterday, the RES had 25 co-sponsors, including four Republicans.

Henry Hamer
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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Sep 24, 2010

It’s a tricky thing, getting 60 votes for a renewable energy standard in the Senate. As of yesterday, the RES had 25 co-sponsors, including four Republicans. While that’s not shabby, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has said the bill, proposed by Sens. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) and Sam Brownback (R-Kans.), needs to have the air-tight support of 60 senators before he’ll bring it to the floor.

Environmentalists and renewable energy advocates say they are confident they can get to 60 votes. But here are a couple road blocks that they’ll have to avoid:

-Republicans likely won’t vote for a bill if Reid tries to attach other energy provisions to it.

-Liberal Democrats will likely pull their support if Republicans try to broaden the scope of the RES to include so-called clean coal or nuclear.

-Amendments: RES proponents are worried that a floor debate could get weighed down by Republican amendments.

Henry Hamer | I'm currently working for Google's Chrome team in Munich, Germany, as a developer advocate. I was a member of the team responsible for the online presence of Sueddeutsche.de, one of Germany's largest daily newspapers, from January 2010 to November 2011. I used to work for Yahoo! on their similarly massive European news pages before joining Sueddeutsche. I've concentrated my efforts on the internet, which has turned out to be a fantastic decision.

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