Bernard Sanders on Energy and the Environment

Last Updated : Nov 09, 2011

Global Warming and Pollution Reduction Act

In January of 2007, Senator Sanders released a press statement noting his support for the Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act.

 

EPW Global Warming Forum

In January of 2007, Senator Sanders released a press statement noting his views on global warming and the need to act.

 

Support for EPA Regulation

In April of 2007, Senator Sanders issued a press statement noting his support for a supreme court decision that the Environmental Protection Agency had the authority to regulate emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

 

We Must Act Now

In April of 2007, Senator Sanders issued a press statement noting his views on global warming and the need to act now to prevent global warming.

 

Green Jobs

In June of 2007, Senator Sanders issued a press statement noting his support for government support of green jobs inititiatives and the need for such workers.

 

Sanders on Energy

In June of 2007, Senator Sanders issued a press statement noting his support for legislation to increase fuel efficiency standards for cars, increased ethanol standards, and cap gasoline prices.

 

Sanders on Global Warming

In August of 2007, Senator Sanders issued a press statement noting his overall views on global warming, his support for the Lieberman-Warner cap-and-trade legislation, and his view that the people want action.

 

Support for State Emissions Standards

In September of 2007, Senator Sanders issued a press statement noting his support for a recent supreme court decision that allowed states to set their own emissions limits that were stricter than the federal emissions.

 

Global Warming Principles

In October of 2007, Senator Sanders issued a press statement noting the principles of climate change legislation as established in legislation that he proposed with Senator Frank Lautenberg.

 

Science Must Guide Legislation

In October of 2007, Senator Sanders issued a press statement noting his views that science must guide any legislation that is created to deal with climate change.

 

The Energy Bill

In December of 2007, Senator Sanders issued a press statement noting key provisions of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

 

Act Now to Stop Global Warming

In March of 2008, Senator Sanders issued a press statement noting his views that the government must act now to curve global warming.

 

Plan Too Late

In April of 2008, Senator Sanders issued a press statement noting his views that President Bush's plans were too little, too late.

 

Go After Oil Companies and Speculators

In June of 2008, Senator Sanders issued a press statement noting his desire to go after oil companies and speculators. He notes his co-sponsorship of legislation to tax windfall profit

 

Further Support for EPA Waivers

In January of 2009, Senator Sanders issued a press statement noting his support for President Obama's decision to ask the EPA to reconsider California's request to regulate gas emissions from cars.

 

An Energy Revolution

In July of 2009, Senator Sanders issued a press statement noting his view that the US needs an energy revolution. He calls for 25% of energy coming from renewable resources by 2025.

 

Encouraging Clean Energy Usage

In May of 2009, Senator Sanders issued a press statement noting his support for legislation to encourage clean energy usage. This legislation would make it easier to access the power grid.

 

Climate Change

In October of 2009, Senator Sanders issued a press statement noting that the science is clear on global warming. He states that it is clear that we need to act.

 

Good Environmental Policy is Good Economic Policy

In November of 2009, Senator Sanders issued a press statement noting his views that good environmental policies is good economic policies.

 

Earth Day

On Earth Day in April of 2010, Senator Sanders issued a press statement noting Earth Day. He states that scientists should be trusted in their assertions that the Earth is warming, just as they are trusted in other matters.

 

Drilling is not the Answer

In May of 2010, Senator Sanders issued a press statement noting a recent op-ed that cited the recent BP oil spill. He states that this spill shows that drilling in the US and offshore is not the answer.

 

How Hot Was It?

In July of 2010, Senator Sanders issued a press statement noting the heat of the most recent summer. He cites the NOAA data as evidence of global warming and the need for action.

 

Offshore Drilling Ban

In December of 2010, Senator Sanders issued a press statement noting his support for a recent offshore drilling ban put into affect by the Obama administration.

 

Nuclear Safety Probe

In March of 2011, Senator Sanders issued a press statement noting his desire to see a proble into nuclear safety in the US in the wake of the disasters in Japan.

 

The Unthinkable

In March of 2011, Senator Sanders issued a press statement noting his continued support to see the Nuclear Regulatory Commission re-evaluate whether to issue a new permit for Vermont Yankee.

 

Nuclear Moratorium

In March of 2011, Senator Sanders issued a press statement noting a letter that he sent to President Obama asking him to place a moratorium on all licensing and relicensing for nuclear energy in the US.

 

Supporting the Clean Air Act

In March of 2011, Senator Sanders issued a press statement noting his opposition to Republican efforts to remove the authority of the EPA to regulate greenhouse gases.

 

Senate Sides with Big Oil

In May of 2011, Senator Sanders issued a statement noting his opposition to a vote to not end subsidies for oil companies.

 

Follow the Money

In May of 2011, Senator Sanders issued a statement noting his view that the failure of the recent attempts to pass legislation to remove oil subsidies was due to money from oil companies to Republicans.

 

End Oil Speculation

In June of 2011, Senator Sanders issued a press statement noting legislation that he had introduced to end oil speculation.

 

Floor Speech - Nuclear Safety

In June of 2011, Senator Sanders spoke on the Senate floor about his growing concern over nuclear power. He issued a statement with the text of that speech.

 

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. Bernard Sanders voted in favor of ending oil subsidies.

Bernard Sanders 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. Bernard Sanders voted against approving the Keystone Pipeline project.

Bernard Sanders 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. Bernard Sanders voted against approving presidential waiver to the Keystone pipeline.

Bernard Sanders 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. Bernard Sanders voted against the amendment and thus supported using reconciliation to pass cap-and-trade.

Bernard Sanders 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. Bernard Sanders voted in favor of the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008.

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

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

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 Bernard Sanders voted against the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003.

Bernard Sanders voted against the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-112; Bill Number-S 45; Offshoring Prevention Act - Cosponsor

Amends the Internal Revenue Code to include in foreign base company income, for purposes of determining the foreign trade income of controlled foreign corporations, imported property income. Defines "imported property income" as, with certain exceptions, income attributable to property manufactured outside of the United States and imported for sale into the United States. Provides for a separate application of limitations on the foreign tax credit for imported property income.

Session-111; Bill Number-S 3816; Creating American Jobs and Ending Offshoring Act - Cosponsor

Amends the Internal Revenue Code to: (1) exempt from employment taxes for a 24-month period employers who hire a employee who replaces another employee who is not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States and who performs similar duties overseas; (2) deny any tax deduction, deduction for loss, or tax credit for the cost of an American jobs offshoring transaction (defined as any transaction in which a taxpayer reduces or eliminates the operation of a trade or business in connection with the start-up or expansion of such trade or business outside the United States); and (3) eliminate the deferral of tax on income of a controlled foreign corporation attributable to property imported into the United States by such corporation or a related person, except for property exported before substantial use in the United States and for agricultural commodities not grown in the United States in commercially marketable quantities.

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 3460; 10 Million Solar Roofs Act of 2010 - Prime Sponsor

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-111; Bill Number-S 3816; Creating American Jobs and Ending Offshoring Act - Cosponsor

Amends the Internal Revenue Code to: (1) exempt from employment taxes for a 24-month period employers who hire a employee who replaces another employee who is not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States and who performs similar duties overseas; (2) deny any tax deduction, deduction for loss, or tax credit for the cost of an American jobs offshoring transaction (defined as any transaction in which a taxpayer reduces or eliminates the operation of a trade or business in connection with the start-up or expansion of such trade or business outside the United States); and (3) eliminate the deferral of tax on income of a controlled foreign corporation attributable to property imported into the United States by such corporation or a related person, except for property exported before substantial use in the United States and for agricultural commodities not grown in the United States in commercially marketable quantities.

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 - Prime Sponsor

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-110; Bill Number-S 879; No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act of 2007 or NOPEC - Cosponsor

A bill to amend the Sherman Act to make oil-producing and exporting cartels illegal.

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 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 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-107; Bill Number-H R 1032; Drilling in the Great Lakes - Cosponsor

Prohibits any drilling activity (including any slant or directional drilling) to extract oil or gas from submerged lands in any of the Great Lakes.Authorizes the Attorney General to enforce such prohibition.

Session-107; Bill Number-H Con Res 70; Population Reduction - Cosponsor

Expresses the sense of Congress that the United States should develop, promote, and implement domestic and international policies to: (1) create a sustainable balance between the world's human population and the natural environment; and (2) slow rapid global population growth by voluntary means consistent with human rights and individual conscience.

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