Energy legislation can pass this CongressThe Hill, November 15, 2013
Can this Congress pass significant energy legislation? Recent signs–including the demise in the Senate of an efficiency bill–are not encouraging.
Yet when major energy legislation was being written in 2005, in a Republican Congress, and in 2007, with Democrats in control, both bills attracted bipartisan support because their sponsors made sure they reflected widely-shared goals regarding energy policy. Despite current partisan gridlock, those goals–reducing dependence on imported oil, increasing low emissions production, improving energy efficiency and investing in breakthrough technologies–still enjoy fairly broad support in Congress.