Sen. Lugar's energy bill signs up a star supporter: Energy Sec. Chu<
By Jon H. Harsch
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Despite Lugar's acknowledgement that his bill would achieve less than “half the President's 2020 greenhouse gas emissions goal,” Chu wrote Lugar that “I appreciate your ideas for reducing America's oil dependence - which has taken on greater urgency as a result of the BP oil spill. I also commend your focus on energy efficiency, which as you have noted is the fastest, cheapest route to our energy and climate change goals.”
Significantly, Lugar's bill does not include a price on carbon. But Dr. Chu's letter may be a sign that the administration remains interested in reaching across the aisle to work with Republican Senators like Dick Lugar.
The full text of Sec. Chu's letter reads:
June 9, 2010
The Honorable Richard Lugar
Dear Senator Lugar:
I welcome your introduction today of the Practical Energy and Climate Plan Act of 2010.
particular, I appreciate your ideas for reducing
to cleaner energy sources is both an environmental imperative and an enormous
opportunity to create jobs and industries that will power our economy in the
coming decades. I continue to believe that to fully capitalize on these
opportunities we need comprehensive legislation that puts a price on carbon and
makes clean energy the profitable kind of energy. From
I thank you for your contribution to this vital effort. I look forward to working with you and the rest of the Senate to pass comprehensive energy and climate legislation. Moving to a clean energy future is in the interests of all Americans, and it should not be a partisan issue.
To read more about Sen. Lugar's “Practical Energy and Climate Act,” go to: www.agri-pulse.com/20100609H3_Lugar_Energy_Bill.asp
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