Kudos to Bipartisan Ideas for the Clean Power Plan

June 5, 2015 by Michael Tubman

Debate over the proposed Clean Power Plan has been, not surprisingly, contentious and, unfortunately, partisan. With all the partisan rancor surrounding the plan, it was refreshing to see a bipartisan group of senators take a different approach.[read more]

A Bipartisan Bid to Boost the Gas Tax

June 24, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Gas Taxes and Bipartisanship

Yes, you can be sure you read that headline right. Senators Corker (R-TN) and Murphy (D-CT) are backing a 12-cent-per-gallon gasoline tax increase to shore up the nation’s highway trust fund, and they are actually getting praised for it to boot.[read more]

Building Bipartisan Collaboration on Energy Competition?

July 19, 2013 by Elias Hinckley

All indications are that the bipartisan Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act introduced by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Rob Portman will be brought to the Senate floor for debate.[read more]

The Polarization of Energy

November 24, 2011 by Christopher Williams

It’s no secret that at the core of the Supercommittee’s failure earlier this week is the increasing polarization of American politics. Huffington Post contributor and law professor June Carbone illustrates this transition over the past half-century: “A half century ago, neither political party disproportionately consisted of those who...[read more]

7 Bipartisan Fixes For The US Oil Problem

May 20, 2011 by Deron Lovaas

Here in D.C. we often bemoan the fact that we can’t all just get along. But when it comes to transportation, we actually CAN get along. And now we’ve got it in writing. A new joint report by three organizations from all points in the political spectrum -- the left-leaning Transportation for America, the centrist Taxpayers for Common...[read more]

Twilight of the Ethanol Subsidy?

May 11, 2011 by Geoffrey Styles

The current tax credit for blending grain ethanol into gasoline, the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC), has outlived its usefulness. That's not just because I consider it unwise to subsidize any industry to such a generous extent for more than thirty years, but also because the passage of the ambitious federal Renewable Fuels...[read more]

ARPA-E funding at risk in H.R. 1

February 18, 2011 by Cai Steger

As I noted in a previous blog (in conjunction with just about all of my colleagues), the Continuing Resolution currently being debated in the House means deep cuts for a disturbing amount of energy and environmental programs.  One especially problematic cut would reduce the DOE’s new Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E...[read more]

Will New Congress Move First on Energy?

December 31, 2010 by Teryn Norris

Politico reported yesterday in “10 to watch: Senators on energy“: “With Republicans controlling the House and ramping up oversight and investigations of the Obama administration, focus at least initially in the next Congress will be on the Senate to lay a potential pathway for legislative compromise on energy and environmental policy. “...[read more]

How Energy Reform Can Break the Partisan Stalemate

November 16, 2010 by Teryn Norris

In the aftermath of the mid-term elections, it’s unlikely that Washington can overcome the crippling gridlock in Congress. Yet one critical opportunity for bipartisan compromise stands out among the rest: energy policy.[read more]

Steps Toward a Cleaner Environment

May 3, 2010 by Senator Lamar Alexander

While everyone’s been debating comprehensive proposals to deal with climate change, we’ve forgotten that there are other opportunities to clean the air and produce more low-cost, reliable energy.  As my colleagues and I try to figure out what to do with climate legislation, I hope environmental and clean energy proponents will give...[read more]

Idaho’s Sen. Mike Crapo wants a national nuclear energy summit

April 6, 2010 by Dan Yurman

It is a bipartisan appeal to President Obama In a speech to the City Club of Idaho Falls last week, Sen. Mike Crapo, the state's senior senator, called for a national nuclear energy summit. He said that defining the nation's use of civilian nuclear energy should be handled through a bipartisan meeting involving a broad range of...[read more]

Twenty-two Democrats petition Reid for action on bipartisan climate and clean energy jobs bill

March 23, 2010 by Joseph Romm

Representing a diverse group of States and regions, we believe the United States should consider bipartisan and comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation this year with a renewed focus on jobs and reduced dependence on foreign oil. So opens a letter sent yesterday from Tom Udall (D-NM) and 21 other moderate and progressive...[read more]

Climate debate missing the point

March 2, 2010 by Barry Brook

The following essay was published today on ABC The Drum’s Unleashed website. It’s a repackaging and honing of some of the key lines of argument that have been developed on BNC by me, my guest posters, and the blog’s many regular commenters. I hope you find it a useful pointer to the way forward — or at least a sounding board off which...[read more]

“Election energizes climate bill talks” - Graham, Kerry, Lieberman meet with Rahm Emanuel -- and then Chamber of Commerce, whose VP of Gov't Affairs said, “generally we were in synch"!

January 24, 2010 by Joseph Romm

Seeking to resuscitate stalled global warming legislation in Washington’s suddenly changed political climate, a bipartisan group of senators including John Kerry of Massachusetts has been conducting private talks this week with the White House and a key business group over an array of concessions sought by Republicans. The election of...[read more]

Majority Leader Reid to Senate TODAY: “We will tackle our daunting energy and climate challenges, and by doing so will strengthen our national security, our environment and our economy.”

January 20, 2010 by Joseph Romm

The Democrats were always going to need Republican votes to pass the bipartisan clean air, clean energy jobs, livable climate, energy security bill.  And that was always going to be a challenge in this political climate, see “The central question for 2010: Will anti-science ideologues be able to kill the bipartisan climate and...[read more]