Work on the Senate Energy Bill continued today against the backdrop of President Bush pushing hard for the construction of new nuclear power plants.
In a series of floor votes, the Senate rejected the McCain-Lieberman Climate Change Amendment, rejected another climate change amendment from Senator Kerry, and affirmed federal primacy over states in siting LNG terminals and windmills by rejecting amendments that would have given states the final say.
The Senate resumes work on the bill tomorrow, when the PHEV amendment should be introduced.
|Action on Amendments to Senate Energy Bill 22 Jun 05|
|Primary Sponsor||Vote (Y-N-A)||Description|
|McCain (R-AZ)||38–60–2||Rejected. A more rigorous climate change amendment than Hagel’s, specifying a cap (2000 levels by 2012) and credit trading system.|
|Kerry (D-MA)||46–49–5||Rejected. To express the sense of the Senate regarding the need for the United States to address global climate change through comprehensive and cost-effective national measures and through the negotiation of fair and binding international commitments under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.|
|Bingaman (D-NM)||44–55–3||Active. A motion to table the Bingaman climate change amendment to express the sense of the Senate that that Congress should enact a comprehensive national program of mandatory, market-based limits and incentives on emissions of greenhouse gases that slow, stop, and reverse the growth of such GHG emissions to counter climate change was defeated.|
|Feinstein (D-CA)||52–45–3||Tabled. The vote was in favoring of tabling Feinstein’s amendment that would have given state governors the approval/veto power over the siting of LNG terminals in their states. (I.e., the Federal Government decides where the LNG terminals will go, overriding objections from the states.)|
|Alexander (R-TN)||32–63–5||Rejected. To provide for local control for the sitting of windmills.|
|Byrd (D-WV)||Voice approval||Accepted. To provide tax breaks for rural carpools.|