u.s. senate

A Bipartisan Group Of Senators Is Pushing For Distributed Wind: Here's Why It Matters

January 1, 2015 by Nick Blitterswyk

A group of Senators recently urged the U.S. Department of Energy to continue funding programs for the domestic distributed wind energy industry. The bipartisan group, led by Senator Al Franken, wrote a letter highlighting the clear potential for distributed wind power.[read more]

Keystone XL Loses Another Round

November 24, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles

The image that will stick with me from the recent failed attempt by Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana to avoid a filibuster on her bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline is that of her Senate colleague, Barbara Boxer (D-CA) standing next to a blown-up photo of choking smog, presumably in China.[read more]

Senate Rejects Bid to Force Approval of Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

November 20, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

The U.S. Senate defeated an effort to approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. This bill would have turned Congress into a permitting authority, overriding environmental law, and giving a green light to a pipeline project that would worsen climate change and threaten water quality.[read more]

Keystone Falls Short in Senate, Cable News Battle Continues

November 20, 2014 by Matthew Nisbet

Keystone XL and Cable News

In the U.S. Senate Tuesday evening, supporters of the Keystone XL oil pipeline failed by a single vote to pass a bill approving the project. As the battle over the pipeline lives on for at least a few more months, a forthcoming study indicates that cable news and other partisan news outlets have played a significant role in distorting how Democrats and Republicans view even the most basic facts of the debate.[read more]

Post-Election Day, Tax Extenders Will Be a Bipartisan Opportunity

November 2, 2014 by Tom Carlson

Elections and Tax Law

Though Senate movement on passing tax extenders came to a standstill in May, both parties have since shown interest in pushing the issue forward during the lame duck session. There is no question that extending advanced energy tax credits is both vital to industry and has bipartisan support.[read more]

Can CDR Give New Life to Comprehensive Carbon Pollution Legislation in the US?

September 25, 2014 by Noah Deich

CDR and Legislation

The prospects for Federal carbon pollution legislation in the U.S. have remained bleak since the Senate failed to pass comprehensive legislation in 2010. Even now climate change legislation does not appear politically viable in the near future. Could this change quickly if CDR played a larger role in climate policy?[read more]

Senate Gridlock Continues as Tax Extenders, Shaheen-Portman Fall Short

May 24, 2014 by Tom Carlson

Energy Bill Failures

In the last couple of weeks, the U.S. Senate failed to advance two pieces of legislation the advanced energy industry has been waiting for: a bill to extend tax credits that expired at the close of last year and the energy efficiency bill sponsored by Senators Shaheen and Portman.[read more]

Senate Hearing on Nuclear Reactor Decommissioning Challenges

May 22, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

United States Senator Barbara Boxer’s Environment & Public Works Committee recently held a hearing on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 to assess the various difficulties and challenges concomitant with nuclear reactor decommissioning nationwide.[read more]

An Expensive Subsidy, Twisting in the Wind

May 20, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles

The 2014 "tax extenders" bill, S.2260, failed to pass a cloture vote in the US Senate recently. That has spoiled for now the chances of reviving the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind and other (non-solar) renewables that expired at the end of last year.[read more]

U.S. Efficiency Bill Dies Again in Congress

May 15, 2014 by Christina Nunez

Wrangling in the U.S. Senate over unrelated amendments has derailed the bipartisan Shaheen-Portman energy bill for a second time. The stalemate left the bill’s supporters unable to gain the 60 votes needed to end debate over the bill and move to a final vote Monday.[read more]

Senate Finance Committee Approve Bill to Extend Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit

April 11, 2014 by Tom Schueneman

Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit

Late last week the Senate Finance Committee approved the “Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act.” The bill will extend a number of expired or expiring tax provisions, including the Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC).[read more]

New Senate Bill Would Provide Important Incentives for Energy Efficiency

April 4, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

The Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives Act, S. 2189, introduced late yesterday by three Democratic senators, would improve the efficiency of our homes, workplaces, and industry by reinstating and improving important efficiency tax incentives.[read more]

3 Ways New Filibuster Rules Could Affect US Climate Policy

November 26, 2013 by Evan Juska

On Thursday, Senate Democrats used a rare procedural move, known as the “nuclear option,” to end the use of filibusters. Here’s 3 ways the rule change for Presidential nominees could actually affect U.S. climate change policy.[read more]

Senate gets back to climate science

August 1, 2012 by Jay Gulledge

Orhan Cam/Shutterstock

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee holds a hearing tomorrow called “Update on the Latest Climate Change Science and Local Adaptation Measures.” This is the first Senate hearing focused directly on climate science in the 112th Congress, and we hope it won’t be the last. Climate change is happening, the news from peer-...[read more]

Senate Votes Overwhelmingly To End Corn Ethanol Subsidies

June 20, 2011 by Nathanael Greene

Nathanael Greene, Director of Renewable Energy Policy, New York City This afternoon, the U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bipartisan amendment offered by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) to end the main corn ethanol tax credit, known as the VEETC, and the ethanol import tariff immediately. The...[read more]