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Congress Tops Off First 100 Hours by Passing Clean Energy Act

Today the House of Representatives voted 264 to 163 to pass “The C.L.E.A.N. Energy Act of 2007,” (H.R. 6) which would close some tax loopholes for big oil companies, and recover royalties from oil and gas produced in public waters.  H.R. 6 will shift more than $14 billion from these subsidies to investments in clean energy, such as energy efficient technologies and renewable power.  The bill was the last of the six bills brought up for consideration during the House’s first 100 legislative hours.

News Release

Congress Tops Off First 100 Hours by Passing Clean Energy Act

Today the House of Representatives voted 264 to 163 to pass “The C.L.E.A.N. Energy Act of 2007,” (H.R. 6) which would close some tax loopholes for big oil companies, and recover royalties from oil and gas produced in public waters.  H.R. 6 will shift more than $14 billion from these subsidies to investments in clean energy, such as energy efficient technologies and renewable power.  The bill was the last of the six bills brought up for consideration during the House’s first 100 legislative hours.

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Alternatives to Coal Plants Tops Environmentalists' Legislative Agenda

A coalition of environmental, religious, sportsmen and parents groups announced their agenda on Thursday for the upcoming legislative session. Topping the list was a push to invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy as alternatives to the construction of 19 additional coal-fired power plants.

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Wind Energy Development in Texas at Risk

Tomorrow the Commissioners of the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) will vote on a proposed rule that will determine the fate of wind energy development in our state. Last year, the State Legislature passed, and Governor Perry signed into law, SB 20, a bill increasing the portion of renewable energy used by the state and providing a mechanism to provide the transmission lines needed to bring the renewable energy to market. After sixteen months of intensive rulemaking to implement SB 20, on the afternoon before Thanksgiving the Public Utility Commission released a new rule drastically weaker than the rule originally drafted by the Commission staff.

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Senator Ellis, other legislators and public officials want to Clean-up Texas’ Air

Today, Texas Senator Rodney Ellis filed Senate Bill 124, the Texas Vehicle Emissions bill, which will reduce air pollution from cars and trucks, save consumers money at the gas pump, boost our economy and clean up our state’s air and making it much healthier to breath.  Representative Mark Strama filed a companion bill in the House, House Bill 344.  Supporters of the proposal include Mayors Bill White of Houston, Laura Miller of Dallas and Mike Moncrief of Ft. Worth.

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