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house Bill H.R. 8

Reforming Energy Regulations and Securing Electrical Infrastructure

Argument in favor

Making energy infrastructure more resilient and efficient, while streamlining regulations will pay long-term dividends for the U.S. economy.

AndrewGVN's Opinion
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11/24/2015
Our nation needs to depend on green energy, not toxic fossil fuels and other pollutants. We need to cut the military budget, tax the corporations, and move our nation to a modern society with efficient energy measures.
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Loraki's Opinion
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12/01/2015
YES! I've had it with the Obama Administration's job-killing regulations! There are some things about this bill that worry me, though. I haven't had time to thoroughly "digest" it and figure out what some of the implications are. I know that it involves the State Dept. and the TPP. I hope Congress reads it carefully BEFORE they vote on it. OTOH, Obama has threatened to veto it, so that alone tells me that it's probably a GOOD bill!
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Tim's Opinion
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01/18/2016
The point is to make our energy system more resilient, especially the electrical system. If we were to be hit by an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) bomb exploded 20 miles above the earth in the center of United States, it is estimated that 99% of the population will die. That's the real problem for congress to deal with.
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Argument opposed

This bill strips out too many parts of the regulatory process, and does too little to promote the development of clean energy technologies.

addavis's Opinion
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12/01/2015
This bill doesn't do much to promote renewable energy as a form of energy security and infrastructure improvements. This bill should at the least put together a task force that looks at the impacts of renewables and energy storage for the betterment of the grid.
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Nikki's Opinion
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12/01/2015
Congress is not qualified to do that. They don't even believe in Science and Climate Change. Actually, what do they know?
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Jared's Opinion
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12/01/2015
This isn't a bill designed to protect our energy infrastructure, it is designed to protect the interests of the coal and gas industries. By protecting "key elements" of the grid, they are protecting the interests of existing providers, and by moving the environmental regulations under this bill, they provide the work-around that they have been looking for in order to side-step those burdensome regulations that protect the environment (thus, us) from the current industry providers. This is not designed to secure our energy grid, it is designed to protect interests. Our energy grid as it exists cannot be "shored up" or protected, it has to be rethought. Continued dependence upon any form of fossil fuel is not going to provide us with security or independence, it will simply reduce, on a very minute level, the amount we have to get from outside sources. Moving to renewable energy (as Hawaii and Germany have discovered is possible to do 100% in an immediate fashion, no "transition" using natural gas) is not only the only means of attaining true independence and National Security, but it is the best way to provide jobs, scientific development, and economic stimulus. We can choose to line the pockets of one industry, or we can choose to become a global leader in development, research, and economic power while attaining security and- dare I say- a cleaner environment. I have no faith that politicians will choose to do anything for the good of the country though.
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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • The house Passed December 3rd, 2015
    Roll Call Vote 249 Yea / 174 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Education and Labor
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Energy
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
      Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
    IntroducedSeptember 16th, 2015

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    Our nation needs to depend on green energy, not toxic fossil fuels and other pollutants. We need to cut the military budget, tax the corporations, and move our nation to a modern society with efficient energy measures.
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    This bill doesn't do much to promote renewable energy as a form of energy security and infrastructure improvements. This bill should at the least put together a task force that looks at the impacts of renewables and energy storage for the betterment of the grid.
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    Congress is not qualified to do that. They don't even believe in Science and Climate Change. Actually, what do they know?
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    This isn't a bill designed to protect our energy infrastructure, it is designed to protect the interests of the coal and gas industries. By protecting "key elements" of the grid, they are protecting the interests of existing providers, and by moving the environmental regulations under this bill, they provide the work-around that they have been looking for in order to side-step those burdensome regulations that protect the environment (thus, us) from the current industry providers. This is not designed to secure our energy grid, it is designed to protect interests. Our energy grid as it exists cannot be "shored up" or protected, it has to be rethought. Continued dependence upon any form of fossil fuel is not going to provide us with security or independence, it will simply reduce, on a very minute level, the amount we have to get from outside sources. Moving to renewable energy (as Hawaii and Germany have discovered is possible to do 100% in an immediate fashion, no "transition" using natural gas) is not only the only means of attaining true independence and National Security, but it is the best way to provide jobs, scientific development, and economic stimulus. We can choose to line the pockets of one industry, or we can choose to become a global leader in development, research, and economic power while attaining security and- dare I say- a cleaner environment. I have no faith that politicians will choose to do anything for the good of the country though.
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    We need to do away with fossil fuel subsidies.
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    YES! I've had it with the Obama Administration's job-killing regulations! There are some things about this bill that worry me, though. I haven't had time to thoroughly "digest" it and figure out what some of the implications are. I know that it involves the State Dept. and the TPP. I hope Congress reads it carefully BEFORE they vote on it. OTOH, Obama has threatened to veto it, so that alone tells me that it's probably a GOOD bill!
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    The point is to make our energy system more resilient, especially the electrical system. If we were to be hit by an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) bomb exploded 20 miles above the earth in the center of United States, it is estimated that 99% of the population will die. That's the real problem for congress to deal with.
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    Any bill that could make it easier for energy companies to get around environmental regulations should be rejected
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    " ...A requirement to reduce agencies’ use of fossil fuels by 100 percent for the year 2030 would be repealed" This is absolutely absurd that even with most of the leaders in the world are meeting to battle climate change, our legislators would attempt to repeal the requirement to reduce the use of fossil fuels.
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    It's a good start. Thee is much to be done.
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    SECURING THE INFRASTRUCTURE IS KEY TO KEEPING AMERICA SAFE! GET THIS PRESIDENT OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE AND IT MAY HAPPEN
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    From what I am reading here this bill does not promote the development of renewable energy sources. It strips the regulations that require agencies to reduce their fossil fuel use by 2030 and designates certain parts of our infrastructure, namely coal fired powerplants and natural gaslines as essential, which would shut down all other forms of production in case of an emergency.
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    As long as we focus on increasing clean energy!
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    Yes, but what are the details
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    No brainer
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    This does nothing to promote renewable energy.
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    Cut spending and eliminate programs. Cut taxes
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    That is where we will be hit and you've known this for years. Something some already have been done.
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    Our electrical system is not hardened off, it is our Achilles heel.
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    I think more importantly the whole electrical grid should be insulated from any form of EMP damage whether it be solar or earthly origin. The sheer economic impact of an event would be most unfortunate.
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