Senate Energy Vote Looms

By July 31, 2006Energy

The Senate is scheduled to vote at 5:30 p.m. today on cloture for S. 3711, the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act. If cloture is invoked — and indications are that it will be — up to 30 hours of debate will follow.

Gearing up for the vote, NAM President John Engler will be up on Capitol Hill at 1 p.m. when the bipartisan bill’s primary sponsor, Sen. Pete Domenici, R-NM, holds a news conference to urge its passage. (The Senator issued a news release last week emphasizing the legislation’s importance in increasing supply and stabilizing energy prices.)

The boss — that’s Engler — was also quoted in this Christian Science Monitor article today, noting that technological advances have made exploration and development of offshore energy sources environmentally safe.

The CSM story does a fair job of representing various points of view, including those of former EPA Director Carol Browner. A biofuels advocate, Browner hauls out the moldiest ol’ straw man argument we know to oppose the bill: “The idea that we are going to drill our way out of the problem is wrong.”

And who, precisely, is promoting that idea? Certainly not the NAM or its members, who include world leaders in energy conservation and efficiency. We support a reliable, affordable and diverse energy supply. That includes biofuels, absolutely, but also the abundant and accessible domestic supplies of oil and natural gas.

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