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senate Bill S. 1460

The Senate's Comprehensive Energy and Natural Resource Reform Bill

Argument in favor

This bill is the product of bipartisan cooperation on critical energy and natural resource issues over the course of several years and needs to be passed. A sweeping overhaul of U.S. energy policy to improve the efficiency of the permitting process and ensure federal research programs continue is much needed.

Doug's Opinion
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07/31/2017
"Renewable energy" Mental Healthcare/Welfare care program flexibility rules.
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Yo's Opinion
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07/31/2017
If u complain about oil, turn off your lights and don't use your car
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Shayla's Opinion
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07/31/2017
Low-Carbon Transitioning and Terrorism do not need to compete for first place as a national security threat. They are both important and I want an administration that responds to both.
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Argument opposed

There is a lot wrong with this bill: it empowers the federal government to pick winners and losers in energy markets while catering to the needs of special interests. Worthwhile provisions within this legislation ought to be passed as standalone bills, but as a whole this bill fails to achieve the right mixture of reforms.

Teresa's Opinion
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07/31/2017
Buried in the details are the problematic pieces of this legislation. There is no need to expand hunting in federally protected lands. That's ludicrous. Where is the emphasis on green energy. The rest of the world is leaving us behind. We are looking like cavemen compared to other technologically advanced countries. This earth is the only one we get. Six months of Trump has already done enough damage.
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Zac's Opinion
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07/31/2017
Hell no. I refuse to believe that, in the year 2017, elected officials of the United States of America want to inflate the budget for fossil fuels and begin an attempt to kill renewable energy by defunding programs that promote it. Fight tooth and nail against this. Global warming is, no matter what you may hear about terrorism, by far the most important political issue of our time. Shame on any senator that votes for this bill.
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Alison's Opinion
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07/31/2017
We cannot afford any more reliance on fossil fuels. Job growth AND our environment demand that we make real commitments to clean, renewable energy sources. This bill is a huge step backwards.
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      Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
    IntroducedJune 28th, 2017
    "Renewable energy" Mental Healthcare/Welfare care program flexibility rules.
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    Buried in the details are the problematic pieces of this legislation. There is no need to expand hunting in federally protected lands. That's ludicrous. Where is the emphasis on green energy. The rest of the world is leaving us behind. We are looking like cavemen compared to other technologically advanced countries. This earth is the only one we get. Six months of Trump has already done enough damage.
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    Hell no. I refuse to believe that, in the year 2017, elected officials of the United States of America want to inflate the budget for fossil fuels and begin an attempt to kill renewable energy by defunding programs that promote it. Fight tooth and nail against this. Global warming is, no matter what you may hear about terrorism, by far the most important political issue of our time. Shame on any senator that votes for this bill.
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    We cannot afford any more reliance on fossil fuels. Job growth AND our environment demand that we make real commitments to clean, renewable energy sources. This bill is a huge step backwards.
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    We need to begin dramatically moving away from fossil fuels and investing in renewable alternatives. If we invest in them right now, they will become available and affordable faster. Put the environment first and listen to science.
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    I don't trust this, especially with Trump and Republicans in control.
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    We need to move away from fossil fuel.
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    Way too much in fossil fuels, too little (almost zero) in science and renewables. What is this for, the 60s?
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    This bill was introduced by Alaskan Senator Murkowski. Senator McConnell plans to push this through quickly for her. He wants Senator Murkowski to vote for the GOP's BCRA "healthcare bill," which will rip healthcare away from millions, including her own state. She is currently holding out on voting for the BCRA, maybe for this "deal," we will see if she then agrees to vote on tearing healthcare away from millions. This bill speeds up approval for liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facilities to ship more fracked gas abroad when GOP talk has always been about making us "Energy Independent." It blatantly excludes renewables we need, like wind and solar. If we want a habitable planet, we must listen to scientists, not politicians and impatient businessmen not thinking about tomorrow. Scientists the world over say we can't keep burning fossil fuels. We need to reduce or end fracking, not increase it and the markets. This bill would lock in dependence on fossil fuels for decades to come, ruining efforts to slow down the worst effects of global warming. The bill would speed approval of exports of liquefied natural gas, give FERC new authority in approving pipelines, and authorize hundreds of millions of dollars to explore for methane hydrates. Adding insult to injury, the "Renewables" section of the bill doesn't even mention solar or wind energy!! With our planet and thus our health in peril, adding the leaks, accidents, and earthquakes this energy increases, we can't afford McConnell to push this bill through to gain a senator's approval to rip healthcare away from her state and the USA.
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    I still don't understand why we haven't moved away from fossil fuels completely. #savetheEarth
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    We need to stop relying on fossil fuel. America has the opportunity to step up and lead the world with solar, wind, and other technologies. We're falling behind as a nation.
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    We do not need to make it "more efficient" for oil companies to get permits in protected lands or for species to be more efficiently exterminated and/or driven from their habitats. The only energy policy that we should chase is the job-growing one of solar and other renewables. Look at our former peers on the world stage--renewables are cost effective, clean, safe, and job creating! This is a retrograde gift to the polluters, drillers, and oil barons.
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    While there are good parts of this bill such as increasing acreage in a National Forest, making efforts with Indian affairs in regard to energy use as well as the exploration of wave energy, rolling back regulations that reduce carbon emission as well as deregulate lead in fishing tackle is ridiculous. I hope Senators Isakson & Perdue will vote no against this proposed bill.
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    This bill does not help the environment in anyway, shape or form. It hurts future generations who will be tasked with the nearly impossible task of fixing our environment when it is too far gone.
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    Let's benchmark up to progressive countries like German and use solar and wind! Coal is filthy and oil drilling damages the earth!
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    We need to invest in renewable energy and get away from fossil fuels - it is the future whether you acknowledge it or not
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    Too much industry input.
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    This bill is filled with hidden pieces of harmful legislation. Please vote against this.
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    This bill will: -Hasten approvals for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) export facilities in the US. These facilities increase the demand for fracked natural gas for export abroad. More communities will be hurt by natural gas fracking, pipelines, and other facilities as a result, and the devastating impacts of climate change will be exacerbated. -Make the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) the lead agency in authorizing natural gas projects. FERC is infamous for always approving the fossil fuel industry’s proposed pipelines at the expense of local communities and the environment. We need to curtail the power of the commission and replace it with one dedicated to a just transition off fossil fuels, not increase its power. -Increase funds for extraction of fossil fuels in coastal waters, which will increase the risk for repeated incidents like the Deepwater Horizon debacle. We need to put a moratorium on off-shore drilling for all fossil fuels-- including natural gas -- not expand it. -Expedite the process for allowing fracking on federal lands. At the same time, this legislation does absolutely nothing to increase wind or solar power in the US. While the US needs to shift rapidly to clean energy sources, this legislation would hold us hostage to decades of more reliance on fossil fuels and increase the severity of climate change across the nation and planet.
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    This is a bill that doesn't solve our energy problem but rather promotes the selection of energy sources that benefit the pockets of representatives in favor of it. Reject this bill and let's create a plan that promotes more sustainable usage of energy
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    We need to do solar energy wind energy.
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