Bipartisan Camaraderie On Energy Panels Suggest Progress in 113th

Or. Democrat Ron Wyden

Ron Wyden, Or. Democrat

Recent bipartisan camaraderie expressed among incoming US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Ranking Member Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and leaders in the U.S. House like Ed Whitfield (R-KY) Chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy and Power, is encouraging for potential movement of important energy legislation during the 113th Congress.

For instance the U.S. maintains an abundant supply of natural gas and steps are needed to help make it a viable portion of the nation’s multiple energy-generating sources.  Policies are needed to foster natural gas production and congressional leaders serving on the House and Senate energy panels indicate that differences over environmental concerns like hydraulic fracturing can be worked out.

Congress Needs To Focus On Incentives

Moreover Congress needs to focus on incentives that enhance private sector investment and balanced regulations in renewable energy technologies like hydropower, geothermal and biomass.  For instance, tax and economic inducements for planning, permitting and development of biomass facilities and the purchase of equipment and technology to generate biomass are needed.  Regulations fostering mutually beneficial environmental objectives are also needed.

Especially after the elections of 2012, and the electorate’s desire for congressional members to work together, it is good to see the initial congeniality among congressional leaders that are in charge of our nation’s overall energy policies.  Their goals should focus on maintaining a well-balanced and diversified power generation portfolio that includes coal, nuclear, natural gas, and renewable energy.

Time to Work Together!

It has been five years since Congress adopted the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (Pub.L. 110-140).  Given the bipartisan nature and leadership styles of incoming leaders on congressional energy panels;  major prohibiting factors to adoption of major U.S. energy policies may be a thing of the past.

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