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Kerry-Boxer Hearings: Day 3

climate bill  climate legislation  congress  energy  kerry-boxer  waxman-markey  environment and public works committee 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 30, 2009

The ongoing debate over the Kerry-Boxer climate bill has tended to focus primarily on two issues: the bill's potential costs and its proposed environmental benefits. But there are at least two other critically important items that have not been addressed adequately by the bill's sponsors. Both were mentioned briefly at yesterday's hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing. 

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Kerry-Boxer Hearings: Day 2

climate bill  climate legislation  congress  energy  environment and public works committee  kerry-boxer  refineries  waxman-markey 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 29, 2009

One of America's largest refiners told a Senate panel yesterday that climate legislation could force his company to shutter some U.S. refineries. Bill Kleese, president and CEO of Valero Energy Corp. (not a member of API) made his comments during the second day of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearings on the Kerry-Boxer bill which proposes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent in 2020. The Kerry-Boxer bill would likely reduce U.S. refining jobs because refiners would be forced to pay billions of dollars for carbon credits. 

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Kerry-Boxer Hearings: Day 1

climate bill  climate legislation  congress  efficiency  environment and public works committee  kerry-boxer  waxman-markey 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 27, 2009

In the first of a series of Senate hearings about the Kerry-Boxer climate bill today, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mt.) said he has "serious reservations" about the bill's "overall direction."

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Groups Urge Congress: Avoid Energy Taxes

congress  energy policy  energy taxes  labor unions  taxes 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 26, 2009

Members of the Oil and Natural Gas Industry Labor-Management Committee, which includes API along with fifteen labor unions, have written to senior members of Congress encouraging them to support tax policies that will protect and encourage the development of quality U.S. jobs, while at the same time fortifying our nation's energy and economic security. 

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Is Anyone Listening?

climate  climate bill  climate change  congress  distribution  energy tomorrow  energytomorrow  kerry-boxer  natural gas  taxes  waxman-markey 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 23, 2009

More voices are speaking out against the climate legislation being considered on Capitol Hill. Here's a sampling of some of the statements and studies that have been in the news during the past couple of days.

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A Solomon-like Decision

climate  climate bill  climate change  congress  energy costs  energy tomorrow  energytomorrow  ghg  ghg emissions  greenhouse gas emissions  kerry-boxer  waxman-markey  costs 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 19, 2009

As we've explained in this blog, there's no doubt that the Waxman-Markey climate bill would be very expensive for American consumers. According to studies, it could increase fuel costs, 

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The Uncertainty of Waxman-Markey

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 14, 2009

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee held a hearing this morning to examine the Waxman-Markey climate bill's potential costs and benefits. But when the senators asked direct questions about the bill's impact, the government witnesses often had difficulty answering. As one witness said, "There's a significant degree of uncertainty." 

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Climate Legislation Update

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 9, 2009

Although it appears that the Senate climate bill won't come to the floor for a few weeks, work continues on climate legislation in Washington. According to an AP news report, the White House has stepped up its lobbying efforts to push for a bill, and administration officials have met with more than half of the senators as well as mayors and governors to drum up support. The report also quotes Carol Browner, the president's assistant for energy and climate change, as saying the goal "is to get the bill moving and keep it moving." 

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Climate Legislation and Higher Prices in Your State

climate change  congress  energy  energy policy  over regulation  prices  waxman-markey 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted September 15, 2009

In this blog, I've discussed a Heritage Foundation study that finds gasoline prices would increase significantly in order to meet emissions limits imposed by the Waxman-Markey legislation.

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Yesterday on the Hill

congress  domestic energy  energy  energy costs  energy policy  obama  taxes 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted September 11, 2009

Yesterday, API Chairman J. Larry Nichols told Congress that the Obama administration's $80 billion tax increase on America's oil and natural gas industry is based on myths and would result in less oil and natural gas for consumers, higher energy costs and kill jobs at a time when the nation's economy needs all the help it can get.

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