With a bi-partisan vote of 85 to 12, on April 20 the U.S. Senate passed S.2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act. This bill revamps the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and strengthens support for renewable energy. However, environmental organizations were not happy, expressing concern over the fostering of biomass as an energy source and thereby endangering forests. The Sierra Club further opposes the bill because it “includes expedited approvals of gas exports; increased investments in dirty methane hydrates and dangerous nuclear energy; the repeal of a policy that requires federal buildings be fossil fuel free by 2030; and a controversial biomass amendment which undermines both the President’s Clean Power Plan and U.S. climate progress.”
The bill goes into conference with a House version that is even weaker than the Senate bill. Unless the conferees agree to strengthen S.2012, President Obama is expected to use his veto power.
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