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And the Winner Is

The Renewable Portfolio Standard!  The House just voted on the RPS amendment and it passed 220-190 , not nearly as close as many had thought. 

To reiterate, it requires electricity suppliers to have 15% renewable energy in their mix by 2020.  See numerous references in the posts below to the RPS and to links for specifics.  A great victory occurred today for renewable energy and the environment.  Let's really hope that it stays in when the Senate and House conference on their respective energy bills in September.

P.S.  An hour later the House passed the full package, H.R. 3221, by a vote of 241-172.

P.P.S.  A few hours later now, and the House has just passed the tax portion, H.R. 2776, the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2007, by a vote of 221-189.

Here's a summary of today's events from Bloomberg News.



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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