Skip to comments.With gas prices as incentive, bipartisan energy bill 'gang' could be revived (Grahamnesty Alert)
Posted on 03/13/2011 11:49:35 AM PDT by rabscuttle385
Key senators said Tuesday they hope rising gasoline prices will serve as the impetus to reincarnate a bipartisan gang of lawmakers who worked in 2008 to develop a compromise energy bill.
The lawmakers hope to revive a now-disbanded group of senators who developed an energy plan in 2008 when gas prices were at an all-time high that would have expanded offshore drilling and provided incentives for alternative vehicles, among other things.
Klobuchar said she has reached out to Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), two of the founding members of the group, about whether they would like to hold talks on a bipartisan energy bill. Klobuchar has also reached out to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.).
Graham said Tuesday theres a possibility the gang will reform. Thats likely to recreate itself, he said in the Capitol.
He said he hopes the prospect of increasing gas prices will push lawmakers to cooperate.
At the end of the day, Congress will be tripping over themselves to find a way to lower gas prices because people are upset, Graham said.
I think [the prospect of] $5 a gallon gas is the best incentive I know to find a rational energy plan that would create jobs, make us more energy independent and clean up the air, Graham said.
Both Graham and Klobuchar said Tuesday a bipartisan energy bill could be built around a clean energy standard (CES), in which a certain percentage of the countrys electricity comes from low-carbon sources like wind, solar, nuclear and natural gas.
To me a clean energy standard, regionally applied, is a way to go forward. Thats what I think makes the most sense, Graham, who has floated such a standard, said.
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A bad idea the first time and a worse idea now
I believe we are already giving people $7500 to buy the Volt and Leaf and no one is still buying them. Why do losers like Grahamnesty feel the need to constantly ruin their credibility by using these "Bipartisan" groups?
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Don’t waste much time on this bunch, their power is limited in the Senate (due to the filibuster) and non-extent in the House, due to the Tea Party and the Republican majority.
They can bloviate all they want about how much they ‘care’ about high prices, but unless they do something meaningful, it will never see the light of day...not in this Congress at least.
Both of these 2 communist bastards can go to hell!
Graham is an idiot.
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Turn the oil cos.. loose on ‘’shale oil’’ drilling and these idiots won’t have a job much longer. Ill. has shale oil deposits too, what do you want to bet that the state opposes their develoment. Ill. don’t need no stinkin revenue.
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