Breaking news: House energy bill passes 236-189

The motion to recommit (to kill the bill) failed 191-226.

Reuters just posted their story:

The House of Representatives passed legislation on Tuesday lifting a longstanding congressional moratorium on offshore drilling.

The extensive energy package introduced by Democrats would give states the option to allow drilling between 50 and 100 miles off their shores. Areas more than 100 miles from the coast would be completely open to oil exploration and drilling.

In addition to drilling, the bill requires the government to sell 70 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. It also provides tax credits for renewable energy and energy efficiency that would be funded by repealing some tax breaks for the oil industry.

2 Responses to Breaking news: House energy bill passes 236-189

  1. Megan Michaels says:

    I weep for our planet. Off shore drilling will get us nowhere fast, just like Palin’s bridge.

    We can cut consumption. We can each look at how we buy foolish items and how we build homes that are too large, and how we could walk more and drive less.

    We could change a lot of behaviors including holding both houses of Congress accountable and our President and Vice President.

    Sadly, I wonder if it is too late.

  2. Paul K says:

    Dry your tears, Megan. Hybrid, plug-in and EVs over the next 20 to 25 years will lower demand for gasoline to the point of irrelevance. Wind power installation in the U.S. increased 45% in 2007 alone. Giant retail chains are leading the way in rooftop PV. CSP is a commercially viable reality. The revolution is well underway.