Wednesday, April 13, 2011
The last month was a big one for energy. Oil prices reached two-and-a-half year highs; Japan dealt with a nuclear power plant on the verge of a meltdown; the one-year anniversary of the Gulf Oil disaster neared; and the International Energy Agency, historically known as an interest group for oil producing nations, issued a report calling a more aggressive build-out of clean energy to offset declining oil production and climate change.
And what did policy makers in Washington, DC do?
The House of Representatives passed a bill stripping the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions; Republicans in the House and the Senate crafted legislation that would abandon a 2007 law – signed by then-President Bush and supported by lightbulb manufacturers – that created better efficiency standards for lightbulbs through 2014; and in a final dig to Democrats, Republicansrepealed the Greening the Capitol Initiative and brought back Styrofoam cups and plastic utensils to the cafeteria in place of biodegradable ones.
Posted by Joe Bono at 10:58 PM
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