Progressive Energy Bill Faces Veto Threat

Bill Scher

Prospects for a stronger energy bill brightened Saturday, as the House passed a version requiring 15% of our electricity to come from renewable sources, and funding more renewable energy by repealing tax breaks for Big Oil.

Conservatives had kept those provisions off the Senate bill by wielding the filibuster. But afterwards, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he had the 60 votes needed to break any filibuster.

So the prospects for more renewable energy are good, although corporate interests will be trying to kill the key provisions when House and Senate negotiators craft the final bill. (As The Daily Green notes, “The real work starts now.”)

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