Momentum Continues as Senate Gears Up for Major Energy Legislation

Just two weeks after the House passed the American Clean Energy and Security
Act, the Senate is preparing to build on their victory with a broad base of
bipartisan support.

A series of hearings and
meetings scheduled for this week is aimed at yielding
legislation comparable to the so-called Waxman-Markey bill before the Sept. 18
deadline imposed by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on all committees. So
far, progress has been swift.

Sen. Jeff Bingaman
(D-NM), chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, expressed confidence that his colleagues will
answer the call for a clean energy economy: "we can enact a system which will not unduly burden
anyone, but will put us on a track to reducing greenhouse gas emissions over
the next seven decades."

Conservation experts echo the belief that the
Senate will be able to finish the job the House started.

“The Senate comes back
from the 4th of July recess gearing up to fight for energy
independence,” said Joseph Mendelson, director of global warming policy at the
National Wildlife Federation. "They're going to take action before the
leaves change."

Published: July 8, 2009