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Senate Democrats prepare for an energy debate this month

By Shailagh Murray
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Tuesday he had assembled a "rough draft" of an energy bill and would aim to bring the legislation to the Senate floor the week of July 26.

Reid (D-Nev.) said the bill would include provisions aimed at cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico and preventing further offshore drilling disasters, along with alternative energy and conservation incentives. The package is part of a broader effort by Democrats to promote initiatives with job-creation potential, as members of Congress head out on the 2010 campaign trail.

But Reid said Senate Democrats had not yet resolved how to address the controversial issue of pollution reduction. The Senate is not expected to adopt the comprehensive "cap and trade" scheme that was included in a bill passed by the House. Republicans say it would drive up energy costs for companies and consumers, especially in coal-dependent states.

The Senate bill may target emissions from power plants, Reid said. "We're looking at a way of making sure that when we talk about pollution, that we're focused just on the utility section," he told reporters Tuesday.

When pressed to specify whether the Senate would seek a "cap on utility carbon emissions," Reid responded, "Those words are not in my vocabulary....we're going to work on pollution."

What does he mean by pollution? "It means there's bad stuff in the air," Reid responded, declining to provide further details.

By Shailagh Murray  |  July 13, 2010; 4:28 PM ET
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All of you who think that the "cost" of energy is only what you pay for it need to look a little deeper. Maybe a mile deeper, into the Gulf of Mexico. Maybe you should add the cost of Iraq and Afghanistan to your equation. You must also realize that non-renewable resources will run out. It is only a (matte) of time.....(I don't know how old you are Rich but I can assure you that you will not outlive the current coal supply in the appalachin coal fields and the powder river basin....as far as cost..it's the economy stupid...and I'm not sure what crude has to do with coal fired generation..

Posted by: tlclary | July 14, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

coal in many cases is the [cheepest]sic generating fuel available.
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Yes, and McDonald's is often the cheapest meal available but look what that does to your body. All of you who think that the "cost" of energy is only what you pay for it need to look a little deeper. Maybe a mile deeper, into the Gulf of Mexico. Maybe you should add the cost of Iraq and Afghanistan to your equation. You must also realize that non-renewable resources will run out. It is only a matte of time. If we are not prepared for that eventuality you can kiss your job goodbye!

Posted by: RichieRichA | July 14, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Republicans YOU need to just put a stake thru the heart of Cap and Trade.

No "bill" that just needs to be worked on later....I mean KILL THE BILL

If they want to make energy more expensive then just cut back on the energy subsidies. Which is another word for taxes.

No new taxes

Posted by: RavenGodiva | July 14, 2010 4:41 AM | Report abuse


I cannot believe that even Progressive Democrats have got the unabashed gall to attempt to shove through another bill that 'we the people' are certain is a lie straight from hell.

To even think that the public will stand by and allow Congress to DEMAND that we bend over for them again is beyond their wildest dreams.

I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that if the Progressive Democrats really, truly want a revolution on their hands, then their wish shall be granted post haste.

CLIMATE CHANGE = REVOLT BY 'WE THE PEOPLE.'

CLIMATE CHANGE = REVOLUTION IN THE STREETS.

Posted by: prossers7 | July 13, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

The Dem Party has lost me. It did not concentrate on my top three interests during the '08 campaign: Jobs, jobs and a healthy housing market.

Posted by: sperrico | July 13, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

"...when we talk about pollution, that we're focused just on the utility section..."

Only 119 days before the gang of Progressives loses the power to single out and selectively destroy whole industries.

http://libertyatstake.blogspot.com/
[For a light hearted take on our present peril]

Posted by: libertyatstake | July 13, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

I think that Sen. Reid should have conversations with people that understand the power generation business. coal in many cases is the cheepest generating fuel available.I also would like to see how dependable these alternatives are.America is very energy dependent and undependable power basically is not an option. And if we do succeed at these altrnative fuels..will the other industrial giants join us such as China,India,and Mexico?

Posted by: tlclary | July 13, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

This Congress is the biggest single threat facing America.

FACT.

Posted by: wave41 | July 13, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Climate change is the biggest single threat facing America in coming years.

FACT.

Posted by: paul65 | July 13, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

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