Today's 51-47 Senate vote on oil subsidies fell short of the 60 votes needed to slash $24 billion in tax breaks for Big Oil. Moments before the vote, President Obama delivered a speech in the Rose Garden, urging the Senate to side with American taxpayers, not Big Oil.
"I think it's time they got by without more help from taxpayers who are already having a tough enough time paying the bills and filling up their
A New York Times editorial published yesterday applauded the Obama Administration’s industrial carbon pollution standards for power plants, along with the increased focus on fuel economy standards, saying:
“The Energy Information Administration is predicting that emissions in 2025 will be 6 percent below what they were in 2005. Some of that is obviously because of the economic slowdown. But some is because of market forces that have encouraged the switch to cleaner fuels, and some to
As gas prices rise higher the closer we get to summer, Big Oil is raking in record profits –making $200 million more per quarter for every penny increase in gas prices. The big five oil companies and other oil and gas firms spent over $146 million lobbying Congress in 2011 –for which they were handsomely rewarded with continued tax breaks.
Last year’s Senate vote on repealing oil subsidies failed to gain 60 votes with
Earlier today, the Obama administration proposed historic new standardsthat would – for the first time ever – limit the industrial carbon pollution from power plants that contributes to global warming.
The EPA’s new clean air safeguards will help improve the quality of our air and protect our children’s health, while also helping to spark new innovations in clean energy technologies.
LCV President Gene Karpinski released the following statement on the new standards for industrial carbon pollution:
Two polls conducted by a bipartisan team found that Montana voters overwhelmingly support increasing clean energy in their state. Over three-quarters of voters support expanding the state’s renewable energy standard from a 15 percent renewable energy target by 2015 to a 25 percent renewable energy target by 2025.
This view aligns with the voting records and priorities of Montana Senator Jon Tester, who voted in 2011 to stop oil subsidies with the Close Big Oil Tax
The Sierra Club has created a series of online videos featuring iconic TV personalities and shows from the 1980’s to spread the word about the dangerous and deadly effects of coal.
“These ads aim to do for coal what the Truth campaign did for tobacco – expose the fact that coal pollution is dirty and dangerous, and that coal executives will say anything to make people believe that coal is safe - while making our
As pleasant as an early spring might be, it’s a dangerous reminder of the encroaching effects of climate change. This year’s record-breaking spring temperatures have been consistent with models of a warming global climate, and the increased extreme weather events are also likely related to global warming trends. Generally reluctant to link individual weather events with climate change, meteorologists and climate scientists are voicing their view of the connection.
When asked his scientific opinion on
The Senate is expected to vote for end to Big Oil tax breaks this upcoming Monday, following the release of a House budget and tax plan continuing the annual $4 billion for the next ten years. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has filed for a procedural vote for Repeal of Big Oil Tax Subsidies Act of 2012 (S 2204) for late Monday afternoon. The bill also contains credit extensions for renewable energy