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Update on the House Energy Package

Tuesday Update – Here's what "Congressional Quarterly" is reporting as of midafternoon today:  Deal Clears Way For Friday House Vote on Energy Package.  For one thing, the tax package that the Senate rejected is back.  I lamented its exclusion in June in my post, The Morning After.  (See also earlier posts on how close the Senate version came to including it and how it came to be blocked.)  It's taken a lot of horse trading to get the 786-page omnibus bill, along with the $16 billion tax package, this far.  Here's another take on where we stand from Reuters.  The tax package (see this summary from the Ways & Means Committee) is not dissimilar to the one that was blocked from a vote in the Senate.  It takes away subsidies from the oil and gas industry and gives that money to renewables.  The last two big-ticket items, as I noted yesterday, are the CAFE standards (included in the Senate bill) and the Renewable Portfolio Standard (not in the Senate bill).  There's going to be an awful lot of pushing and pulling between now and Thursday when the Rules Committee will determine whether or note the CAFE and the RPS can be offered as floor amendments on Friday. 

Video from the American Wind Energy Association , These good folks (not the FPA, please note) are pushing hard for the Renewable Portfolio Standard.  See their website and their video:

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Bill Hewitt

Bill Hewitt has been an environmental activist and professional for nearly 25 years. He was deeply involved in the battle to curtail acid rain, and was also a Sierra Club leader in New York City. He spent 11 years in public affairs for the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation, and worked on environmental issues for two NYC mayoral campaigns and a presidential campaign. He is a writer and editor and is the principal of Hewitt Communications. He has an M.S. in international affairs, has taught political science at Pace University, and has graduate and continuing education classes on climate change, sustainability, and energy and the environment at The Center for Global Affairs at NYU. His book, "A Newer World - Politics, Money, Technology, and What’s Really Being Done to Solve the Climate Crisis," will be out from the University Press of New England in December.

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the policy, politics, science and economics of environmental protection, sustainability, energy and climate change