07/28/2010 - Democratic leaders unveiled the bill late Tuesday night after circulating a summary earlier in the day. But it’s not set in stone as lobbying continues — the 10 p.m. announcement of the bill from Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) office heralds arrival of the “current legislative text.”
The current legislative text blends spill response measures — like tougher blowout prevention requirements — and incentives for natural-gas vehicles, electric cars and home-efficiency retrofits.
House debate on separate oil spill legislation is slated for Friday. Darren looks into the political battle over the bills here, and we’ve got other pieces on the bills here, here and here. Reid hopes to pass the bill by the end of next week, in time for the August recess.
The Dems: Reid and Sens. Debbie Stabenow (Mich.) and Robert Menendez (N.J.) are holding a press conference late Wednesday morning to talk up the bill, where they’ll be joined by the Home Star Coalition that backs home energy retrofit measures, and the Pew Environment Group.
Read the full article, E2 Morning Round-Up: Senate Dems and GOP Prep for Energy Duel, Winners and Losers in the Senate Bill, Green Group Offers Beach Reading, and Federal BP Probes Intensify on The Hill's Web site.
The Pew Environment Group’s offshore energy reform work is now a part of Pew’s Arctic Ocean Program.