Monday, June 21, 2010

White House to hold bipartisan talks on energy reform


Politicians and others are trying to use the disaster and devastation of the Gulf oil spill as a way to get people motivated to pass the energy reform bill this year. Usually this would not be pushed during an election year, but Senator Joe Lieberman, an independent from Connecticut who sits with the Democratic caucus, told CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday that he believes an energy bill "does have a chance" this year. He further stated that we need to put a price on carbon to let the private sector create the jobs and energy industries we need in the form of a carbon emissions cap on the energy utilities across the country.

How will it do? "There are about 50 Senators who want to vote for a strong, comprehensive energy bill that puts a price on carbon pollution," Lieberman said. "There are about 30 who are set against it and there are 20 undecided. You've got to get to 60 to pass anything in the Senate. We need half of the undecided and we can do it."

Traditional energy industries like the oil and coal producers oppose this cap-and-trade policy, but supporters say it is the best way to start to reduce the nation's dependence on fossil fuels which are responsible for most of the greenhouse gas emissions by the U.S. (the world's largest emitter per capita).

Senator Lieberman added that “…the less we depend on oil, the less chance there is of another environmental disaster like this."

Do you agree with Liebernam’s statement? Why or Why not? Let me know on my Facebook page or @ronideutch on Twitter.

Read the full article here.

Blog Archive