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senate Bill S. 2012

$43 Billion in Reforms to U.S. Energy Policy

Argument in favor

As a bipartisan compromise, this bill contains provisions that will appeal to both sides of the aisle without alienating potential supporters. A sweeping overhaul of U.S. energy policy to improve the efficiency of the permitting process and ensure federal research programs continue is much needed.

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01/20/2016
"Right now, we have an energy policy that is rigged to boost the profits of big oil companies like Exxon, BP, and Shell at the expense of average Americans. CEO’s are raking in record profits while climate change ravages our planet and our people — all because the wealthiest industry in the history of our planet has bribed politicians into complacency in the face of climate change. Enough is enough. It’s time for a political revolution that takes on the fossil fuel billionaires, accelerates our transition to clean energy, and finally puts people before the profits of polluters." [berniesanders.com]
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01/20/2016
"The energy challenges our country faces are severe and have gone unaddressed for far too long. Our addiction to foreign oil doesn't just undermine our national security and wreak havoc on our environment -- it cripples our economy and strains the budgets of working families all across America." [change.gov]
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01/20/2016
"We can’t address our climate challenge without ending our reliance on fossil fuels — full stop. I would take aggressive executive action and fight for legislation to slash emissions and put our nation on track to be powered by 100% renewable energy within 35 years." [martinomalley.com]
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Argument opposed

There is a lot wrong with this bill: it empowers the federal government to pick winners and losers in energy markets while catering to the needs of special interests. Worthwhile provisions within this legislation ought to be passed as standalone bills, but as a whole this bill fails to achieve the right mixture of reforms.

operaman's Opinion
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01/19/2016
Hate comprehensive all-inclusive big government bills. Break the comprehensive apart into smaller bills assuring less of that government crony capitalism.
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Ryan's Opinion
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01/21/2016
The private sector will sort itself out by what people buy or don't buy. Keep the fed out of private sector as much as possible. Regulations just cost the public more money and lose more jobs by increasing the the cost of doing business.
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Tom's Opinion
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01/31/2016
This has many great ideas! Student training and streamlining grants / loans for energy efficient technologies. But it's the repeal of the 2030 agenda to phase fossil fuels out & stream Lining oil drilling operations is not okay.
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    "Right now, we have an energy policy that is rigged to boost the profits of big oil companies like Exxon, BP, and Shell at the expense of average Americans. CEO’s are raking in record profits while climate change ravages our planet and our people — all because the wealthiest industry in the history of our planet has bribed politicians into complacency in the face of climate change. Enough is enough. It’s time for a political revolution that takes on the fossil fuel billionaires, accelerates our transition to clean energy, and finally puts people before the profits of polluters." [berniesanders.com]
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    Hate comprehensive all-inclusive big government bills. Break the comprehensive apart into smaller bills assuring less of that government crony capitalism.
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    "The energy challenges our country faces are severe and have gone unaddressed for far too long. Our addiction to foreign oil doesn't just undermine our national security and wreak havoc on our environment -- it cripples our economy and strains the budgets of working families all across America." [change.gov]
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    "We can’t address our climate challenge without ending our reliance on fossil fuels — full stop. I would take aggressive executive action and fight for legislation to slash emissions and put our nation on track to be powered by 100% renewable energy within 35 years." [martinomalley.com]
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    The private sector will sort itself out by what people buy or don't buy. Keep the fed out of private sector as much as possible. Regulations just cost the public more money and lose more jobs by increasing the the cost of doing business.
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    Oil is such an archaic form of energy. With renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, and even power generated by ocean tides, it's time to let oil stay in the ground where it belongs.
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    This has many great ideas! Student training and streamlining grants / loans for energy efficient technologies. But it's the repeal of the 2030 agenda to phase fossil fuels out & stream Lining oil drilling operations is not okay.
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    It is time to end our reliance on fossil fuels. And to recognize that the concept of "clean coal" is a myth.
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    Our current energy policy serves a handful of the ultra wealthy. Let's have a policy that serves the American people and the planet we live on
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    The environment is a part of us; to destroy it is to destroy ourselves.
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    Instead of having one huge bill for energy reforms, why not separate it into smaller bills? This allows us to take any large government project one step at a time with everyone aware of exactly what needs to be done, and what amount is specifically needed for that step.
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    This is the 21st century. We can do better than relying on energy sources that date back to a century ago or more.
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    Need to move the country onto renewable energy.
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    We need to be focusing on green energy alternatives, we shouldn't be investing in toxic resources.
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    Why wouldn't you want renewable energy ?
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    There is a lot wrong with this bill, no doubt; but furtherance of the goals laid out in it is still laudable and necessary. Improvements in our energy infrastructure will be crucial to our nation's continued economic competitiveness and the Federal government is uniquely positioned to help drive this needed change forward. Nor should it be despised that this is a bipartisan effort; it's not like we enjoy a surfeit of these. Overall, I would support this bill.
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    Reform the energy industry. The government is not picking losers and winners, it is simply allotting money towards a growing industry, that can sustain our planet without killing it. If the insidious dirty energy companies want to get with the program and reform with us they can. Otherwise, if they stay in the past, they're going to get past.
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    Broad reform = bad policy. Let the policies in this bill be voted on as stand-alone bills, and let the chips fall where they may. The American people should stop accepting these enormous all-encompassing bills laden with pork, subsidies, and set asides.
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    Sounds too complex. Let's pass smaller bills with narrower scope.
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    Basically a gift to the GOP's owners in the form of a streamlined process to drill on federal lands and get rid of regulations they don't like. A few things thrown in that SOUND good but no hard wins for renewable and clean energy.
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