OVERNIGHT ENERGY: ‘No More Solyndras’ vote arrives

Quote of the Day: “A subsidy is defined as a gift or grant of money. We cannot find a single gift or grant of money to a single oil company.” – Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) during a Thursday House Natural Resources Committee hearing.

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Gohmert was pushing back against Democratic claims that oil companies are showered with taxpayer subsidies, a phrase that Democrats often use to describe tax breaks.

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Senators look ahead with new energy bills

Senators have unveiled a pair of new energy bills this week, likely signaling issues they hope to work on next Congress.
 
Sen. Richard Blumenthal's (D-Conn.) bill (S. 3531) would expand tax incentives for hydrogen fuel cell refueling infrastructure. It also would boost tax credits for fuel cells that use combined heat and power technology, which generates heat and electricity on-site from one fuel source.
 
Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) co-sponsored a bill (S. 3535) that would create a pilot program that gives grants for energy efficiency upgrades at non-profit organizations.

Klobuchar said at the Democratic National Convention that she sees political space for bipartisan energy legislation to move in the Senate.

But with few legislative days remaining in this Congress, the bills likely represent an effort to look ahead to next year.

Carol Browner on natural gas

President Obama’s former energy and climate change adviser said Thursday that natural gas is “a bridge” to the cleaner energy technology the administration promotes.
 
Carol Browner, Obama’s former aide and also a former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief, made the comments in an interview with Grist.
 
Her response to a question about environmentalists’ concerns regarding natural gas illuminated an increasing Democratic and administration embrace of the fuel source.
 
“President Obama has demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to clean energy,” Browner said. “As we look toward that future and move toward energy independence, we have to consider all of the fuels that are available. We need a bridge to get us to that future.”
 
Browner also praised Obama’s regulatory approach and support of clean energy through stimulus funds as means to combat climate change.

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