Lawmakers in both parties have shown interest in establishing a new federal renewable power mandate.
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.
“The Senate will set the energy agenda especially at the beginning,” said Paul Bledsoe, a senior adviser with the Bipartisan Policy Center and a former Senate Democratic aide.
“We are going to have a run at energy legislation,” Majority Leader Harry Reid said on CNN on Dec. 22.
Lawmakers in both parties have shown interest in establishing a new federal renewable power mandate or a broader one that includes not just sources like wind, solar and geothermal but also nuclear and cleaner uses of coal.
With mandatory carbon controls seemingly off the table, more emphasis may be placed on longtime bipartisan efforts to reduce other major air pollutants stemming from power plants. Oil-state lawmakers will continue to seek the right balance between government oversight and private enterprise in drilling off the nation’s coastline in the aftermath of this summer’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill. And first will be an effort to curb greenhouse gas regulations at the Environmental Protection Agency.
With that in mind, here are 10 senators in particular who could be major players on energy and environmental policy:
Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.)
Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.)
Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.)
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)
Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.)
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.)
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)
Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.)
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.)
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Source: Darren Goode | Politico
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