Dianne Feinstein on Energy and the Environment

Last Updated : Sep 25, 2012

Summary

Senator Feinstein believes in man-made global warming and has been a strong supporter of government action to curtail its effects for some time. She has supported a number of carbon capping initiatives, including the cap-and-trade programs that Congress attempted to pass in recent sessions. She supports raising the CAFE standards to reduce fuel use and lower carbon emissions.

To address energy concerns, Senator Feinstein supports eliminating the tax subsidies for oil companies, and eliminating the subsidies for ethanol. She opposes increased or continued offshore drilling and opposes drilling for oil in ANWR.

Climate Change and Cap-and-Trade

In 2003, Senator Feinstein asserted that it is time for the United States to take real action against climate change. She noted the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and cited several effects of global warming ranging from forest fires to glacial melt. While supporting the Climate Stewardship Act of 2003 to create a cap-and-trade system, Senator Feinstein stated that we should be a leader--not an obstacle--when it comes to combating global warming.

In 2005, Senator Feinstein supported the Energy Policy Act of 2005 stating that global warming was California's No. 1 environmental problem. She noted that carbon dioxide and global warming were correlated and asserted that it was the number 1 greenhouse gas. In discussing the legislation, Senator Feinstein asserted that it was time for the United States--the world's largest contributor to climate change -- to step up and take responsibility for its actions and impact on the world as a result of global warming. She expressed her support for the McCain-Lieberman amendment which failed to pass the previous session and would have enacted a cap-and-trade program. She stated that the US missed a big opportunity to do the right thing for our country and for the world by failing to pass the legislation.

In 2006, Senator Feinstein supported efforts by the California State Assembly to require California to enact a cap-and-trade system to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming. She asserted that delaying could later require severe emission reductions causing a serious shock to our economy if we are going to avoid dangerous climate change. When the legislation passed in 2006, Senator Feinstein stated that it was a landmark moment for the future.

That same year, Senator Feinstein signed onto a letter to President Bush urging him to act on climate change. The letter asserted that the administration had unsuccessfully and irresponsibly sought to downplay the tremendously serious matter of global climate change by sabotaging scientists’ credibility and other nations’ efforts to work in good faith toward a global solution.

Throughout 2006 and 2007, Senator Feinstein issued a call for action, noting that a scientific consensus has been forged on climate change and it was time to enact a cap-and-trade system. 

In 2008, Senator Feinstein expressed disappointment in the global warming program outlined by President Bush, stating that the voluntary actions to prevent climate change fell short of what is needed to prevent catastrophic climate change. She called for a workable cap-and-trade program and other policies like energy efficiency tax credits.

International Regulation

Senator Feinstein has supported attaching the US to international agreements to regulate carbon emissions. This includes co-sponsored several pieces of legislation, including the Global Climate Change Security Oversight Act.

EPA Regulation

When the EPA ruled that carbon dioxide was a danger, Senator Feinstein stated that it was good news, stating that the finding will likely compel the EPA to deal with the emissions from vehicles and large stationary sources that are causing global warming. In 2011, she opposed efforts to strip the EPA of these powers.

Drilling

In 2003, Senator Feinstein co-sponsored an amendment to remove the inventory of Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas resources from the Energy Policy Act of 2003. She asserted that Californians did not want drilling off their coast and opposed wording in the legislation that refered to an offshore drilling moratorium as an impediment to progress. Two years later, Senator Feinstein opposed the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and again asserted her opposition to the inventory and offshore drilling. She also opposed provisions of that legislation that opened ANWR to drilling.

In 2006, Senator Feinstein opposed the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act and was especially opposed to the drilling provisions to open offshore regions. She co-sponsored the California Ocean and Coastal Protection Act, to permanently protect California from oil and gas drilling.

That same year, Senator Feinstein signed onto a letter that called for continuing the long-standing moratorium on outer continental shelf oil and gas drilling to 2022. 

When President Bush lifted the ban on drilling in the federally protected waters of the Outer Continental Shelf. She signed onto a letter sent to President Bush opposing that action. She stated that there were no rigs ready to drill in those locations, that most oil and gas was already available in open drilling locations, and that the rigs and drilling would damage the ecosystems.

Senator Feinstein supported the drilling moratorium put in place in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon tradgedy noting that it showed the danger of such drilling. 

On her official website, Senator Feinstien asserts that more drilling is simply not the answer to our energy needs.

CAFE Standards

Senator Feinstein has long pushed for increasing the vehicle fuel standards as a mechanism to lower fuel usage and emissions. She has introduced the 10 in 10 act to raise vehicle fleet fuel averages by 10 miles per hour in 10 years. In doing this, she stated that under the existing CAFE system US vehicles are disadvantaged because they cannot classify vehicles by size. The new system would allow the NTSB to divide vehicles into classes based on their attributes, such as size. So a small car in a small-car class is evaluated against other small cars--not a small car evaluated against a Navigator or a Cadillac but class-by-class evaluations. 

In 2007, Senator Feinstein supported increasing the CAFE rate to 35mpg by 2019. She also supported allowing California establish its own standards for fuel efficiency.

Ethanol

In 2003, Senator Feinstein supported a provision to remove the "safe harbor" provision for ethanol producers which shielded them from liability if the additive harms the environment. She stated that it was egregious public policy to mandate ethanol into our fuel supply in the first place--and even worse to provide complete liability protection to the fuel additive before scientific and health experts can fully investigate the impact of tripling ethanol on the air we breathe and the water we drink. She also noted that scientific consensus was not unanimous on ethanol and that mandating ethanol into our fuel supply raises serious health and environmental concerns.

In 2006, Senator Feinstein co-sponsored legislation to remove the 54cent tariff on imported ethanol. She stated that if our refineries are going to be forced to use ethanol, they should have the choice to buy it from the cheapest seller and not constrained by artificial protectionist tariffs. In addition to this, Senator Feinstein asserted that U.S. taxpayers should no longer be asked to shoulder the costs of these subsidies to the industry.

These beliefs were materialized in the Imported Ethanol Parity Act and the Ethanol Subsidy and Tariff Repeal Act in 2011. These pieces of legislation removed the tariffs on imported ethanol and removed the subsidies for the industry.

 

 

Ethanol - Energy Policy Act of 2003

On June 5, 2003 Senator Feinstein spoke on the Senate floor during a debate on the Energy Policy Act of 2003 and expressed her opposition to a provision to the bill to provide the ethanol industry with a safe harbor provision to protect them from law suits.

 

Drilling - Energy Policy Act of 2003

On June 12, 2003 Senator Feinstein spoke on the Senate floor expressing her support for an amendment to remove an inventory of Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas reserves. 

 

Climate Stewardship Act of 2003

On October 30, 2003 Senator Feinstein spoke on the Senate floor in support of the Climate Stewardship Act of 2003 to enact a carbon trading system.

 

Energy Policy Act of 2005

On June 21, 2005 Senator Feinstein spoke on the Senate floor about her support for the Energy Policy Act and a number of provisions within the legislation that she supports.

 

Energy Policy Act of 2005

On June 28, 2005 Senator Feinstein spoke on the Senate floor on the Energy Policy Act of 2005. She notes her intent to vote for the legislation but also lists several points within the legislation that she opposes.

 

Energy Policy Act - Conference Report

On June 29, 2005 Senator Feinstein spoke on the senate floor discussing the conference report version of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. She opposed this version of the legislation and notes that it removed the carbon trading initiatives.

 

Tax Relief Act of 2005

In November of 2005, Senator Feinstein spoke on the Senate floor in support of legislation that she was introducing to amend the Tax Relief Act of 2005 to remove tax incentives to oil companies for drilling.

 

Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006

In July and August of 2006, Senator Feinstein released a press statement and spoke on the Senate floor about her opposition to the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006. In one statement, Senator Feinstein released a statement noting the particulars of the legislation that she opposed.

 

 

Ban Offhsore Drilling Until 2022

In July of 2006, Senator Feinstein joined with numerous other Senators to propose an amendment that would ban offshore drilling in the outer continental shelf until 2022. Their intentions are noted in a letter to Senate Majority leader Frist.

 

Support for Cap-and-Trade

In May of 2006, Senator Feinstein released a press statement noting her support for the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 which she mirrored after the California law which restricted emissions.

 

Letter to Bush on Greenhouse Gas

In September of 2006, Senator Feinstein released a press statement noting her support for cap-and-trade legislation. She noted a letter that she and other Senators sent to President Bush asking that action be taken on global warming.

 

Support for California Emissions Cap

In August of 2006, Senator Feinstein released a statement noting her support for legislation introduced in California that enforced a carbon cap on emissions.

 

A Call to Action

In April of 2006, Senator Feinstein released a press statement noting the effects of global warming and the solution to the problem - a cap-and-trade program. In February of 2007, Senator Feinstein issued another call to action when the IPCC report was issued.

 

Opposition to Offshore Drilling

In September of 2006, Senator Feinstein released a press statement noting her support for efforts in Congress to prevent any further drilling off the coast of California.

 

Scientific Concensus

In January of 2007, Senator Feinstein released another statement noting that 6 energy companies had supported Senator Feinstein's cap-and-trade legislation.

 

Long Term Energy Alternatives

On June 12, 2007 Senator Feinstein spoke on the Senate floor about the Creating Long Term Energy Alternatives for the Nation Act of 2007. She discusses fuel mileage retrictions and a number of other items.

 

Ethanol Subsidies

In May of 2006, Senator Feinstein released a press statement noting their intention to introduce legislation that would end the ethanol tariff.

 

The Clean EDGE Act

In May of 2006, Senator Feinstein released a press statement noting legislation she was introducing called the Clean EDGE Act.

 

CAFE Standards

In May of 2006, Senator Feinstein released a press statement noting her support for increasing CAFE standards.

 

Ethanol Tariffs and Subsidies

In November of 2006, Senator Feinstein released a press statement noting her support for ending the tariff on imported ethanol and ending the subsidies for ethanol blending into gasoline.

 

35 MPG by 2019

In March of 2007, Senator Feinstein released a press statement noting her support for legislation that would require all vehicles to obtain 35mpg by 2019. 

 

California and CAFE Standards

In June of 2007, Senator Feinstein released a statement noting her support for CAFE standards and her belief that California should be free to enforce it's own tailpipe emission standards. 

  

Regulation of the Carbon Market

In December of 2007, Senator Feinstein released a press statement noting legislation that she was introducing to place regulations on the carbon market to ensure that Enron type scandals did not affect the system.

  

Voluntary Actions Fall Short

In April of 2008, Senator Feinstein released a press statement noting her believe that voluntary actions and incentives put forth by the Bush administration were not enough to deal with global warming.

 

Oil Trading Transparency Act

In May of 2008, Senator Feinstein released a press statement noting legislation that she was introducing called the Oil Trading Transparency Act.

 

Letter to Bush on Drilling

In July of 2008, Senator Feinstein released a press statement noting her opposition to President Bush lifting the ban on offshore drilling.

 

Reaction to Endangerment Finding

In April of 2009, Senator Feinstein released a press statement praising the decision by the EPA to label greenhouse gases as a danger.

 

News Conference: Offshore Drilling

In May of 2010, Senator Feinstein spoke at a press conference noting the recent oil spill and how a similar spill would affect the Pacific coast.

 

Ending Deep Water Drilling Incentives

In June of 2010, Senator Feinstein released a statement noting legislation that she was introducing to end federal incentives for Deepwater drilling.

 

Support for Oil Drilling Moratorium

In July of 2010, Senator Feinstein released a press statement noting her support for the moratorium on oil drilling put in place by President Obama.

 

Pipeline Regulations

In January of 2011, Senator Feinstein released a press statement noting legislation that she had introduced to strengthen regulations on pipelines and increase the number of inspectors.

 

EPA Rules

In March of 2011, Senator Feinstein spoke on the Senate floor concerning amendments to give the EPA the rights to regulate carbon and carbon dioxide emmissions.

 

Economic Development Revitalization Act of 2011

On June 16, 2011 Senator Feinstein issued a press statement noting her support for the Ethanol Subsidy and Tariff Repeal Act.

 

Official Website Statements

 

 

 

Voting Record

Oil Company and Alternative Energy Subsidies

On March 29, 2012 the Senate voted on a cloture motion on legislation to end subsidies to oil companies and to continue subsidies in alternative energy that are scheduled to end. Specifically, the bill would have ended or limited subsidies to oil and natural gas companies while extending subsides for wind companies and biofuel companies. The legislation failed to pass a cloture motion through a mostly party line vote. Dianne Feinstein voted in favor of ending oil subsidies.

Dianne Feinstein voted in favor of ending oil subsidies.

Keystone Pipeline Approval

In March of 2012, the Senate voted on an amendment proposed by Senator Hoeven to approve the Keystone pipeline project. The amendment passed 56-42 with the support of all Republicans and 1/5 of the Democrats. Dianne Feinstein voted against approving the Keystone Pipeline project.

Dianne Feinstein voted against approving the Keystone Pipeline project.

Keystone Pipeline - Presidential Waiver

In March of 2012, the Senate voted on an amendment proposed by Senator Wyden to prohibit oil produced in Canada and transported in any part of the Keystone pipeline from being exported unless the President waived the provision. The amendment failed 33-65 with the opposition of all Republicans and 2/5 of the Democrats. Dianne Feinstein voted in favor of approving presidential waiver to the Keystone pipeline.

Dianne Feinstein voted in favor of approving presidential waiver to the Keystone pipeline.

Cap and Trade

Cap and Trade is the name given to a government program to issue carbon credits to all companies. The company is limited to using only the amount of carbon issued to them by the government (the cap). If a company uses more, it can purchase additional carbon offsets from a company that has not used all their credits, or it can purchase credits from compainies which perform carbon offsets such as planting trees (the trade). The legislation passed the house but not enough senators supported the legislation to end a filibuster in the Senate. To prevent Senate Democrats from using a reconciliation technique to pass the bill with only 50 votes, Senate Republicans introduced an amendment stating oppositon to the use of reconciliation for cap and trade. The amendment passed with the support of all Republicans and about 2/3 of the Democrats. Dianne Feinstein voted against the amendment and thus supported using reconciliation to pass cap-and-trade.

Dianne Feinstein voted against the amendment and thus supported using reconciliation to pass cap-and-trade.

Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008

In September of 2008, The US Senate passed the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008. The Act created tax incentives for energy production and conservation. The bill was largely supported by the Democrats and largely opposed by the Republicans. The bill passed the House'); echo(' in May of 2008, and passed the Senate with widespread support in a 93-2 vote. Dianne Feinstein voted in favor of the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008.

Dianne Feinstein voted in favor of the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008.

Renewable Fuels, Consumer Protection, and Energy Efficiency Act of 2007

Among other things, the Renewable Fuels, Consumer Protection, and Energy Efficiency Act of 2007 removed oil & gas exploration subsidies. The bill passed the House in January and passed the Senate in June. In the House, the bill was supported by almost all Democrats and opposed by a majority of Republicans. After passing the House, the bill got the support of most Democrats and roughly half of the Republicans, passing in a 65-27 vote. Dianne Feinstein voted in favor of the Renewable Fuels, Consumer Protection, and Energy Efficiency Act of 2007.

Dianne Feinstein voted in favor of the Renewable Fuels, Consumer Protection, and Energy Efficiency Act of 2007.

Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006

The Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 was an attempt to open up more areas of the Gulf of Mexico for oil drilling. It passed the Senate with broad support in a 72-25 vote. However, it was not raised in the House. Dianne Feinstein voted against the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006.

Dianne Feinstein voted against the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006.

Amendment - Reduction of Oil Dependence

In June of 2005, the Senate voted on an amendment to reduce oil importation in the US by 40% by 2025. The would have raised the original goals set in the bill form a 1 million barrel per day reduction to a 7.6 million barrel per day reduction. This would most likely be achieved through increased CAFE standards of 78 miles per gallon in cars and a 185-percent increase in light trucks. The voted failed 47-53. Dianne Feinstein voted in favor of the amendment.

Dianne Feinstein voted in favor of the amendment.

Amendment - ANWR Fast Track

In March of 2003, the US Senate voted on an amendment to prevent fast-tracking of drilling in ANWR. The amendment passed 52-48. Dianne Feinstein voted in favor of the amendment and thus opposed ANWR drilling.

Dianne Feinstein voted in favor of the amendment and thus opposed ANWR drilling.

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge amendment

In April of 2002, the Senate voted on an amendment to allow ANWR to be opened up for drilling. The full amendment was a separate piece of legislation that dictated the amount of land to be leased, the amount to be reimbursed to native Alaskans, an amount to be traded with Israel, and numerous other provisions. The amendmnent failed to pass the Senate 46-54. Dianne Feinstein voted against the amendment to open up ANWR to drilling.

Dianne Feinstein voted against the amendment to open up ANWR to drilling.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-112; Bill Number-S 33; A bill to designate a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness - Cosponsor

Amends the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 to designate a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska as a component of the National Wilderness Preservation System under the Wilderness Act.

Session-111; Bill Number-S 3973; Diesel Emissions Reduction Act of 2010 - Cosponsor

Amends the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to reauthorize and extend funding for FY2012-FY2016 a grant program for reducing diesel emissions. Authorizes the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to: (1) provide contracts and rebates to eligible entities to achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions; and (2) support rebate programs administered by states that are designed to achieve such reductions.

Session-110; Bill Number-S Res 30; Climate Change and International Commitments - Cosponsor

A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate regarding the need for the United States to address global climate change through the negotiation of fair and effective international commitments.

Session-110; Bill Number-S 2555; Reducing Global Warming Pollution from Vehicles Act of 2008 - Cosponsor

Amends the Clean Air Act to approve the application of the state of California for a waiver of federal preemption of its motor vehicle emission standards.

Session-110; Bill Number-S 357; CAFE Standards and Price Gouging - Ten and Ten Fuel Economy Act - Prime Sponsor

A bill to improve passenger automobile fuel economy and safety, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce dependence on foreign oil, and for other purposes.

Session-110; Bill Number-S 1018; Global Climate Change Security Oversight Act - Cosponsor

A bill to address security risks posed by global climate change and for other purposes.

Session-109; Bill Number-S 2025; Vehicle and Fuel Choices for American Security Act - Cosponsor

A bill to promote the national security and stability of the United States economy by reducing the dependence of the United States on oil through the use of alternative fuels and new technology, and for other purposes.

Session-109; Bill Number-S 342; Climate Stewardship Act of 2005 - Cosponsor

A bill to provide for a program of scientific research on abrupt climate change, to accelerate the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States by establishing a market-driven system of greenhouse gas tradeable allowances, to limit greenhouse gas emissions in the United States and reduce dependence upon foreign oil, and ensure benefits to consumers from the trading in such allowances.

Session-109; Bill Number-S J Res 5; A joint resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the United States should act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions - Prime Sponsor

Expresses the sense of Congress that the United States should demonstrate international leadership in reducing the health, environmental, and economic risks posed by climate change by: (1) reducing greenhouse gas emissions; (2) generating climate-friendly technologies; (3) participating in negotiations under the United Nations (UN) Framework Convention on Climate Change to achieve long-term reductions in global greenhouse gas emissions; and (4) supporting the establishment of a long-term objective to prevent the global average temperature from increasing by greater than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit above preindustrial levels.

Session-110; Bill Number-S 506; High-Performance Green Buildings Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

A bill to improve efficiency in the Federal Government through the use of high-performance green buildings, and for other purposes.

Session-112; Bill Number-S 1914; Cut Energy Bills at Home Act - Cosponsor

Amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow individual taxpayers a tax credit for the cost of a qualified whole home energy efficiency retrofit for the purpose of reducing the energy use of the taxpayer's principal residence. Limits the amount of such credit to the lesser of $5,000 or 30% of the qualified home energy efficiency expenditures paid by the taxpayer to reduce residential energy use. Sets forth requirements for a qualified whole home energy efficiency retrofit, including design, testing, and documentation requirements. Terminates such credit after 2016. Directs the Secretary of the Treasury to establish a review process for home energy efficiency retrofits, including an estimate of usage of the tax credit and an analysis of the average actual energy use reductions.

Session-112; Bill Number-S 461; Polluter Pays Restoration Act - Cosponsor

Amends the Internal Revenue Code by reinstating until December 31, 2020, the Hazardous Substance Superfund financing rate and the corporate environmental income tax.

Session-112; Bill Number-S 587; Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act or the FRAC Act - Cosponsor

Amends the Safe Drinking Water Act to repeal the exemption from restrictions on underground injection of fluids or propping agents granted to hydraulic fracturing operations relating to oil and gas production activities under such Act. Requires: (1) state underground injection programs to direct a person conducting hydraulic fracturing operations to disclose to the state (or the Administrator if the Administrator has primary enforcement responsibility in such state) the chemicals intended for use in underground injections before the commencement of such operations and the chemicals actually used after the end of such operations; and (2) a state or the Administrator to make such disclosure available to the public. Requires the applicable person using hydraulic fracturing, when a medical emergency exists and the proprietary chemical formula of a chemical used in such hydraulic fracturing is necessary for medical treatment, to disclose such formula or the specific chemical identity of a trade secret chemical to the state, the Administrator, or the treating physician or nurse upon request, regardless of the existence of a written statement of need or a confidentiality agreement. Authorizes such person to require the execution of such statement and agreement as soon as practicable.

Session-112; Bill Number-S 871; Ethanol Subsidy and Tariff Repeal Act - Cosponsor

Amends the Internal Revenue Code to advance the termination date of the income and excise tax credits for alcohol fuel mixtures (ethanol) from December 31, 2011, to the later of June 30, 2011, or the enactment of this Act. Amends the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States to allow, on or after June 30, 2011, duty-free treatment for ethyl alcohol or any mixture containing ethyl alcohol (ethanol).

Session-112; Bill Number-S 940; Close Big Oil Tax Loopholes Act - Cosponsor

Expresses the sense of the Senate that: (1) the President and Administration should be commended for recognizing the severity of high gas prices and for taking appropriate actions to help reduce gas prices; (2) Congress should take additional actions to complement the efforts of the President; (3) the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) should contribute to the stabilization of world oil markets and prices and reduce the burden of high gasoline prices by using existing idle oil production capacity to compensate for any supply shortages; and (4) U.S. economic, environmental, and national security depend on a sustained effort to reduce and eventually eliminate the dependence of the United States on oil. Amends the Internal Revenue Code to deny to oil companies with gross receipts in excess of $1 billion in a taxable year and an average daily worldwide production of crude oil of at least 500,000 barrels a year: (1) a foreign tax credit if such company is a dual capacity taxpayer, as defined by this Act; (2) the tax deduction for income attributable to domestic production of oil, natural gas, or primary products thereof; (3) the tax deduction for intangible drilling and development costs; (4) the percentage depletion allowance for oil and gas wells; and (5) the tax deduction for qualified tertiary injectant expenses. Amends the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to repeal the authority of the Secretary of the Interior to grant royalty relief (suspension of royalties) for natural gas production from deep wells and deep water oil and gas production in the Outer Continental Shelf. Dedicates any increased revenue generated by this Act to the reduction of a federal budget deficit or the public debt. Provides for compliance of the budgetary effects of this Act with the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010.

Session-111; Bill Number-S 3541; Deepwater Drilling Royalty Prohibition Act - Prime Sponsor

Prohibits the Secretary of the Interior from issuing any oil or gas lease sale under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act with royalty-based incentives in any tract located in water depths of 400 meters or more on the outer Continental Shelf. Amends the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to repeal royalty relief (suspension of royalties) for deep water oil and gas production in the Western and Central Planning Area of the Gulf of Mexico (including the portion of the Eastern Planning Area encompassing whole lease blocks lying west of 87 degrees, 30 minutes West longitude). Amends the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to prohibit the Secretary from reducing or eliminating any royalty or net profit share for any lease or unit located in water depths of 400 meters or more on the outer Continental Shelf.

Session-111; Bill Number-S 1399; Carbon Market Oversight Act of 2009 - Prime Sponsor

A bill to amend the Commodity Exchange Act to establish a market for the trading of greenhouse gases, and for other purposes.

Session-110; Bill Number-S 1073; Clean Fuels and Vehicles Act of 2007 - Prime Sponsor

A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to promote the use of fuels with low lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions, to establish a greenhouse gas performance standard for motor vehicle fuels, to require a significant decrease in greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles, and for other purposes.

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