Bob Corker on Energy and the Environment

Last Updated : Nov 22, 2011

Ethanol Mandate Relief

In May of 2008, Senator Corker issued a press statement noting his support for the relief of ethanol mandate.

 

Reaction to Bush Speech

In April of 2008, Senator Corker issued a press statement noting a recent speech by President Bush on climate change. He states that the President should address the issue of climate change, but opposes most cap-and-trade legislation.

 

Opposition to Cap-and-Trade

In May of 2008, Senator Corker issued a press statement noting his opposition to cap-and-trade legislation that is being considered in the Senate.

 

Cap-and-Trade

In June of 2008, Senator Corker issued a press statement noting his opposition to the Climate Security Act.

 

Vote Against Cap-and-Trade

In June of 2008, Senator Corker issued a press statement noting his vote against the cap-and-trade legislation in the Senate.

 

Support for Removing OCS Ban

In July of 2008, Senator Corker issued a press statement noting his support for Congressional action in assistance to removing a ban on drilling in the outer-continental shelf.

 

G8 Resolution on Climate Change

In July of 2008, Senator Corker issued a press statement noting his support for a UN resolution on climate change that stated that emission reduction should be global.

 

The comprehensive New Energy Reform Act of 2008

In August of 2008, Senator Corker issued a press statement noting his support for the comprehensive New Energy Reform Act of 2008

 

Offshore and Shale Exploration

In September of 2008, Senator Corker issued a press statement noting his support for lifting the bans on offshore and shale oil exploration.

 

Cap-and-Trade Money

In February of 2009, Senator Corker issued a press statement noting his opinion that any revenue from the program should be returned to the people.

 

Support for Nuclear Energy

In June of 2009, Senator Corker released a press statement noting his support for nuclear energy breakthroughs.

 

Opposition to Waxman-Markley

In July of 2009, Senator Corker issued a press statement noting his opposition to Waxman-Markley.

 

Opposition to Ethanol Subsidies

In June of 2011, Senator Corker released a press statement noting his support for ending ethanol subsidies.

 

Support for Nuclear

In August of 2011, Senator Corker released a press statement noting his support for going ahead with a nuclear power plant in Tennessee.

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. Bob Corker voted against the legislationt to end oil subsidies.

Bob Corker voted against the legislationt to end 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. Bob Corker voted in favor of approving the Keystone Pipeline project.

Bob Corker voted in favor of 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. Bob Corker voted against approving presidential waiver to the Keystone pipeline.

Bob Corker voted against 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. Bob Corker voted in favor of the amendment and thus opposed using reconciliation to pass cap-and-trade.

Bob Corker voted in favor of the amendment and thus opposed 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. Bob Corker voted in favor of the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008.

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

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

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-S J Res 26; Disapproving of the finding that greenhouse gases are an endangerment - Cosponsor

Disapproves the rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on December 15, 2009, relating to the endangerment finding and the cause or contribute findings for greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.

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).

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