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Harry Reid on Energy & Oil

Democratic Sr Senator (NV)


BP and oil companies need regulation

Reid tried to turn Angle's disdain for government regulations against her. "My opponent favors big banks. She's against Wall Street reform. Oil companies--she said BP had too much regulation, that's what went wrong there. I have a different philosophy. I am for the middle class," he said.
Source: NPR Morning Edition coverage of 2010 Nevada Senate debate , Oct 15, 2010

More energy efficiency, no drilling in ANWR

The Senate is expected to reorganize itself upon returning from its Memorial Day recess [as a result of Jim Jeffords’ resignation from the GOP]. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle say the change will be abrupt, broad, and deep: The Republican-led Senate dwelt on tax cuts, energy production, and Bush-style education reform. The Democratic-led Senate is likely to shift the focus to health care, energy efficiency, and Ted Kennedy-style education priorities. Democratic Whip Harry Reid (D, NV) said the agenda is likely to include a minimum wage increase, a prescription drug benefit as part of Medicare, and energy initiatives excluding drilling in ANWR but including conservation measures and some relief for California.

Democrats plan to give new impetus to election law reforms and will lean on the House to act soon on campaign finance legislation, Reid said. Democrats also intend to push for privacy initiatives and to propose modest and as yet undefined gun control measures.

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune, p. A-6 , May 28, 2001

Voted NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases.

Congressional Summary:To prohibit the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from promulgating any regulation concerning the emission of a greenhouse gas to address climate change. The Clean Air Act is amended by adding a section entitled, "No Regulation of Emissions of Greenhouse Gases". In this section, the term 'greenhouse gas' means any of the following:
  1. Water vapor
  2. Carbon dioxide
  3. Methane
  4. Nitrous oxide
  5. Sulfur hexafluoride
  6. Hydrofluorocarbons
  7. Perfluorocarbons
  8. Any other substance subject to, or proposed to be subject to regulation to address climate change.
The definition of the term 'air pollutant' does not include a greenhouse gas, except for purposes of addressing concerns other than climate change.

Proponent's Argument for voting Yes:
[Sen. McConnell, R-KY]: The White House is trying to impose a backdoor national energy tax through the EPA. It is a strange way to respond to rising gas prices. But it is perfectly consistent with the current Energy Secretary's previously stated desire to get gas prices in the US up to where they are in Europe.

Opponent's Argument for voting No:
[Sen. Lautenberg, D-NJ]:We hear the message that has been going around: Let's get rid of the EPA's ability to regulate. Who are they to tell us what businesses can do? Thank goodness that in this democratic society in which we live, there are rules and regulations to keep us as a civilized nation. The Supreme Court and scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency agreed that the Clean Air Act is a tool we must use to stop dangerous pollution. This amendment, it is very clear, favors one group--the business community. The Republican tea party politicians say: "Just ignore the Supreme Court. Ignore the scientists. We know better." They want to reward the polluters by crippling EPA's ability to enforce the Clean Air Act.
Status: Failed 50-50 (3/5

Reference: Energy Tax Prevention Act; Bill Am183 to S.49 ; vote number 11-SV054 on Apr 6, 2011

Voted NO on protecting middle-income taxpayers from a national energy tax.