Friday, December 07, 2007

Energy Bill Passes House

An Energy Bill passed the house yesterday:

Of Utah's congressional delegation, only 2nd District Rep. Jim Matheson voted in favor of the legislation. Utah's two Republicans, 1st District Rep. Rob Bishop and 3rd District Rep. Chris Cannon, voted against it.
Matheson, a member of the Energy and Air Quality Subcommittee, wrote a provision that aimed at reducing commercial building greenhouse gas emissions and helped scuttle proposals to reduce energy development on public lands.
"Energy independence is a matter of national security and economic security. I believe this legislation provides a market-based, balanced, comprehensive step towards that goal," Matheson said in a statement.
Bishop had nothing good to say about the bill.
"This Democratic No Energy Bill is not a comprehensive new energy policy, rather a collection of paybacks to special interest groups," Bishop said in a statement. "Instead, as a payoff to a special interest group, this bill prohibits using biomass from the largest source of dead trees - national forests!"


Here are some provisions of the bill:

* Raises car and truck fuel efficiency to 35 miles per gallon (15 km per liter) by 2020.

* Cuts U.S. oil demand by 1.1 million barrels a day by 2020.

* Cuts greenhouse gases equal to what 28 million cars emit. Increased Biofuels Production

* Boosts mandated use of renewable fuels like ethanol to 36 billion gallons by 2022; supply from corn capped at 15 billion gallons.

* Ethanol from non-corn and farm wastes to reach 3 billion gallons in 2016 and rise to 21 billion gallons by 2022. Renewable Electricity Standard

* Requires utilities to generate 15 percent of their power from renewable sources likes solar energy and wind by 2020.

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