Robert Menendez on Energy and the Environment

Last Updated : Feb 18, 2011

COAST Anti-Drilling Act (S. 2316)

In February of 2006, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting that he was introducing the COAST Act to stop drilling off the coast.

In January of 2007, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his support for the COAST legislation.

 

Permanent Ban on Drilling

In February of 2006, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting comment he made at a recent hearing on energy legislation that would impose a permanent ban on drilling off the coast of New Jersey or Virginia.

 

Apollo Style Project

In May of 2006, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting a recent commencement speech he made that called for an Apollo style project to end the US addiction to oil.

 

The Clean EDGE Act

In May of 2006, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his support for the Clean EDGE Act.

 

Opposition to Drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf

In July of 2006, Senator Menendez 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.

Senator Menendez also released a press statement noting the amendment.

 

Environmental Justice

In September of 2006, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting a recent EPA report indicating that people are disproportionally affected by an unclean environment depending on race and other factors.

 

SOLAR Act

In March of 2007, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his support for the SOLAR Act. 

 

Opposition to Drilling Proposal

 In April of 2007, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his opposition to proposed drilling 100 miles off the coast of New Jersey.

 

Clean Energy Act of 2007

In June of 2007, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his support for the Clean Energy Act of 2007.

 

Climate Change Data in Flood Maps

In April of 2007, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his support for including climate change information in the development of flood maps.

 

EPA Superfund Site

In September of 2007, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting a letter sent to the director of the EPA to encourage action on the Ringwood superfund site.

 

Climate Change Leadership is Absent

In September of 2007, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting that leadership on climate change has been absent by the White House.

 

Goals of Climate Change Legislation 

 In September of 2007, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his goals for climate change legislation.

 

2008 Energy Bill

In December of 2007, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his support for the passage of energy legislation.

 

California EPA Decision

In December of 2007, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his objection to a decision not to allow California to opt out of emission standards and set their own,

 

Assistance to Countries to Deal with Climate Change

In December of 2007, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his opinion that the US should provide financial assistance to third world countries to deal with climate change.

 

The No Machine

In June of 2008, Senator Menendez released a press statement declaring that the republican no machine had stopped climate change legislation.

 

Drilling is Economically and Environmentally Devastating

In June of 2008, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting that oil drilling was environmentally and economically devastating.

 

Use it or Lose It

In July of 2008, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his support for use it or lose legislation.

 

Reaction to GHG Failures

In July of 2008, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting the Bush administration statement that no action would be taken to address green house gas emissions. 

 

Support for Cap-and-Trade and Climate Change

 

International Climate Change Fund

In July of 2008, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his support for legislation to create an international fund to develop clean technologies.

 

Keep US Oil Here

In July of 2008, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his support for legislation to force oil extracted from the US to remain within the US.

 

Opposition to Offshore Drilling

 

International Climate Change Investment Act of 2009

In December of 2009, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his legislation to create an international investment program for climate change.

 

Support for EPA Regulation of GHG

 

Principles for Climate Legislation

In July of 2010, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting the four principles that he would include in climate legislation.

 

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. Robert Menendez voted in favor of ending oil subsidies.

Robert Menendez 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. Robert Menendez voted against approving the Keystone Pipeline project.

Robert Menendez 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. Robert Menendez voted in favor of approving presidential waiver to the Keystone pipeline.

Robert Menendez 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. Robert Menendez voted against the amendment and thus supported using reconciliation to pass cap-and-trade.

Robert Menendez 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. Robert Menendez voted in favor of the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008.

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

Robert Menendez 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. Robert Menendez voted against the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006.

Robert Menendez voted against the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006.

Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003

The Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 dealt with reducing the amount of hazardous fuel on federal land, watershed forestry assistance, a healthy forests reserve program, and other items. '); echo('The bill passed the House 256-170 Robert Menendez voted against the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003.

Robert Menendez voted against the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-S 5; Cleaner, Greener, and Smarter Act of 2009 - Cosponsor

Calls for the enactment of legislation to improve the economy and the security of the United States by reducing U.S. dependence on foreign and unsustainable energy sources and the risks of global warming by: (1) making and encouraging significant investments in green job creation and clean energy across the economy; (2) diversifying and rapidly expanding the use of secure, efficient, and environmentally friendly energy supplies and technologies; (3) transforming U.S. infrastructure to make the infrastructure sustainable and the United States more competitive globally, including transmission grid modernization and transportation sector electrification; (4) requiring reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the United States and achieving reductions in emissions of GHGs abroad; (5) protecting consumers from volatile energy prices through better market oversight and enhanced energy efficiency standards and incentives; and (6) eliminating wasteful and unnecessary tax breaks and giveaways that fail to move the United States toward a more competitive and cleaner energy future.

Session-111; Bill Number-S 271; Fuel Reduction using Electrons to End Dependence on the Mid-East (FREEDOM) Act of 2009 - Cosponsor

Amends the Internal Revenue Code to: (1) allow an election to expense the cost of manufacturing property for producing plug-in electric drive motor vehicles and components; (2) increase the number of such vehicles eligible for a tax credit; (3) allow a five-year recovery period for the depreciation of smart meters and smart grid systems; and (4) increase the rate of the tax credit for alternative fuel vehicle refueling property and the maximum credit amount for commercial refueling property.

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-111; Bill Number-S 3460; 10 Million Solar Roofs Act of 2010 - Cosponsor

Directs the Secretary of Energy (DOE) to establish a program under which the Secretary shall provide competitive grants to states, Indian tribes, and local governments to provide rebates, loans, or other incentives to eligible participants for the purchase and installation of solar energy systems for properties located in the United States. Requires the Secretary to implement criteria for awarding such grants that: (1) provides the maximum leverage of federal funds; (2) provides for the maximum deployment of solar energy; (3) ensures that grants are awarded to a diversity of geographic locations and recipients with different population sizes; (4) provides no less than 2% of the funds available to Indian tribes and consortia of Indian tribes; and (5) provides a preference for grant recipients that have established and maintained, or that agree to commit to establish and maintain, standards and policies to overcome barriers to distributed generation (including interconnection and net metering).

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 309; Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act - Cosponsor

A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, and for other purposes.

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

A bill to improve passenger automobile fuel economy and safety, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce dependence on foreign oil, 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-110; Bill Number-S Res 598; Developing Nations and Natural Resources - Cosponsor

Expresses the sense of the Senate that: (1) the government should fully use federal authorities, diplomatic agreements, and other appropriate mechanisms, including working with other donor nations, to identify global conservation goals, and increase funding for, global conservation strategies in order to help ensure the sustainable use of natural resources and protect biological diversity in terrestrial and marine environments of developing countries; and (2) federal efforts should reflect a recognition of the problem's urgency by annually reporting to the appropriate congressional committees regarding progress reports and action plans.

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 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 940; Close Big Oil Tax Loopholes Act - Prime Sponsor

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.

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