WASHINGTON - League of Conservation Voters (LCV) President Deb Callahan today issued the following statement regarding passage of the Senate Energy bill (S. 10):
"The Senate energy bill is not an energy policy for the 21st Century as it missed opportunities to address some of our nation's most pressing energy problems. Even with gas prices at record highs, the Senate rejected an amendment to increase fuel economy standards, which would have reduced our dependence on foreign oil and ultimately saved consumers money. Additionally, this bill allows for an invasive inventory of offshore oil and gas, which could pave the way for drilling off our coasts. While it makes some modest investments in energy efficiency and clean, renewable energy technologies, like wind and solar, overall the bill falls short of a what is needed for a sustainable and affordable energy future.
Even more worrisome is the House-passed bill that conferees will attempt to merge with the Senate bill. The House bill includes some egregious provisions, including Arctic Refuge drilling, the bailout for MTBE makers, and massive tax breaks and subsidies for big oil and other polluting industries.
As the House and Senate move toward a conference committee, we urge the conferees to improve the final bill. The conference should be an opportunity to reflect the views of the majority of the American people who prefer a forward-thinking, secure, and clean energy future instead of failed policies of the past."