This in turn would likely limit the quality of the resulting information and analysis and, ultimately, the utility of the study to BOEM and other stakeholders. We would like to work with the bill sponsor to address this issue. This act would require that the Memorandum of Understanding between the Secretaries of the Interior and Defense regarding energy activities on the OCS be updated to include proposed lease sales for non-oil and gas offshore energy. It also directs the Secretary of the Interior to develop, periodically revise, and maintain a non-oil and gas offshore leasing program. Although not contained in one published program, proposed wind lease auctions for various states are planned years in advance of the auction and periodically revised based on input from many stakeholders.
Any leasing program will need to retain the flexibility to allow BOEM to respond to rapid changes in technology and regional demand.
BOEM plays a vital role in advancing safe and responsible offshore energy development and in helping to secure our energy future. BOEM stands ready to work with the Subcommittee on both discussion drafts should they be introduced. I look forward to our continued work together and to answering your questions today. Offshore Renewable Energy Legislation. HR H. Conclusion BOEM plays a vital role in advancing safe and responsible offshore energy development and in helping to secure our energy future. Other nations, particularly China and Germany , have invested significant resources and adopted policies that would boost their domestic clean energy industries.
This has also helped them create an export market for these new technologies. The United States risks falling out of the running to lead this 21st century industry if we do not invest more in this field. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act began this process in , but its renewable energy programs spent their funds. We must adopt new policies to continue to grow the clean energy sector. Thirty states have a renewable electricity or portfolio standard, or RES, in place that requires electric utilities to generate a specific amount of power from renewable sources such as wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, and other emerging technologies.
A national RES would increase demand for these clean electricity sources and help speed their commercialization at scale. Additionally, Sen. Clean technology companies typically have enough capital to get started but not enough capital to begin commercial production. A dearth of funding is currently available to assist companies with this process. A missing ingredient in U. Additionally, transmission lines must be enhanced and expanded to transfer clean electricity from wind turbines in North Dakota to factories in Illinois.
Other countries are moving ahead to improve their clean energy transmission. Building transmission lines can also create thousands of jobs. Studies of three comparable large-scale projects show that on average new transmission lines create about 14 jobs per mile of transmission, which means that building the 20, miles of new transmission we need could create , new jobs. ACELA includes provisions that would create incentives for regions and states to plan and build additional transmission lines. If the measures fail the bill provides tools to the federal government to accomplish this goal.
Congress should allow states to set long-term, pre-determined, cost-based rates at which renewable electricity generators can sell their power to utilities. ACES includes a provision Section to clarify that states have this right. Finally, two measures deserve attention from the next Congress even though they did not have strong bipartisan support when introduced earlier this year. The extension of the Sec. Without them, the wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, and smaller renewable energy industries will lack the critical financing they need to maintain their operations and put existing and new projects in the ground.
They have been included in a number of tax extender bills in both houses of Congress, including. The 48C program extension is also included in S. Both and 48C also boast strong business support not only from the American Wind Energy Association , Solar Energy Industry Association, and other renewable energy firms but also from more traditional firms such as Google, General Electric, and Deutche Bank.
The BP oil disaster is officially over, but an undetermined amount of oil from the million gallons remains in the Gulf of Mexico. It is critical that BP be held accountable for this huge disaster and that big oil companies are held responsible for future spills. Additional safety measures to protect oil rig employees and new requirements to prevent future blowouts or spills are also needed.
Here are some legislative measures that would lead to a stronger oil spill response and better accountability on oil disasters. Ranking Republican Sen. The Obama administration and many congressional leaders have made the potential bipartisan clean energy agenda much more salient in this Congress than proposals that weaken existing environmental safeguards or benefit big oil companies. But the new congressional leadership may have a very different agenda.
Republican leaders already announced that they would conduct hearings and investigations that undermine climate science and scientists in the new Congress. One way the GOP leadership plans to forestall global warming pollution reductions is to undermine the settled science that concludes humans are responsible for climate change.
Leaders of this assault on science could include Rep. EPA is preparing to exercise its Clean Air Act authority to require reductions in greenhouse gas pollution. It will limit these safeguards to the very largest pollution sources—those that spew 75, tons of carbon dioxide or other GHGs annually.
After global warming legislation failed in the Senate many senators who opposed legislative efforts to reduce pollutants then claimed that only Congress should set such standards. Rockefeller hopes to have a Senate vote on it before the th Congress adjourns at the end of the year. This proposal will likely be back next year. The House has a companion bill, H.
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Under Administrator Lisa Jackson EPA has a public health protection agenda to establish reductions of other pollutants that threaten human health and the environment. This includes finalizing or proposing safeguards to reduce mercury and sulfur pollution from power plants, require the disposal of toxic coal ash as a hazardous waste, and new, more protective National Ambient Air Quality Standards from ozone smog subscription required.
Unsurprisingly, the oil industry and other major polluters are mobilizing to oppose the greenhouse gas and other pollution reduction rules. Such legislation may be difficult to pass, and would face a likely presidential veto. But there is another option to block public health protection. Big Oil and coal defenders could block these safeguards by adding a rider to the fiscal year or EPA spending bill.
Because there are not many state or district level polls on energy issues, I focus on national level polls. Collins Maine and Reps. Supplementary data. As discussed in de Figueiredo and Richter , the main statistical challenges include omitted-variable bias and endogenous selection bias. One implicit assumption used in this literature is that the content of a bill is taken as exogenously given. Siting, construction, operation, and maintenance of this infrastructure may raise environmental, health, and safety concerns, particularly when oil or gas moves by pipeline through heavily populated areas. January 16, — August 25, R
The rider could simply prevent EPA from spending any funds to develop or implement reductions in greenhouse gas, mercury, sulfur, toxic ash, or other pollution under the Clean Air Act. This has happened before. They were eventually removed after President Bill Clinton vetoed this spending bill and the Republican Congress shut down the federal government for three weeks rather than provide funding without the riders.
Then, the Republican Congress began including a rider in the Department of Transportation funding bill in that prevented the agency from taking any steps to improve motor vehicle fuel economy standards. This blocked action to reduce oil use each year until Some Republican leaders have already discussed using this rider process to undo the Affordable Care Act health reform law, and it could be used to block these health protections as well.
Politico reports that conservative legislators:. The just-elected th Congress will be quite different—and much more conservative—than the th Congress that enacted major health care and financial reforms but failed on clean energy legislation.