Energy Bill and the Keystone Pipeline

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Huffington Post Article

Co-sponsored by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, the energy bill would tighten efficiency guidelines for new federal buildings and provide tax incentives to make homes and commercial buildings more efficient.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., used a parliamentary maneuver to block amendments on the bill, including a measure that would approve construction of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the United States.

Republicans also were seeking an amendment to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from imposing new greenhouse gas regulations on coal-burning power plants.

My opinion: There are two parts to this story. First, the buzz word “Keystone XL Pipeline” part. Once again, I am confused as to the reason why Republicans continue to push things that 1) they know won’t get passed and 2) are narrow-minded viewpoints regarding job creation. What is wrong with trying to think of a way to increase jobs without destroying the environment?

Second, the tax incentives and the regulation limits. I’m all for the tax incentives and from what I have read, the Republicans don’t appear to be overtly opposed. So that’s sweet. I am also not opposed to “limits” on regulation. There is such a thing as over-regulation. That being said, I’m not sure that we are there yet, but the idea of limits on regulation is not a bad one. If I were to see a well-devised strategy on limits, comprised of in-depth cost-benefit analysis, I would be all for it.

Side Note: It certainly seems like the only easy to find parts of news about important bills like this one are “he said this” and “you said this”. Tawdry, petty, boring. Please news, give me some numbers and reasons! I’m begging you for real information.

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