Moniz: Energy efficiency bill failure reinforces need for presidential action

Energy Secretary Ernest MonizErnest Jeffrey MonizBiden under pressure from environmentalists on climate plan Pelosi, Clinton among attendees at memorial reception for Ellen Tauscher 2020 is the Democrats' to lose — and they very well may MORE expressed disappointment Wednesday at least week’s failure of energy efficiency legislation in the Senate, saying it strengthens the need for the Obama administration to take action on its own.

“Let’s face it, it’s a poor reflection on our status of being able to move good governance forward,” Moniz said at an event organized by the Alliance to Save Energy.

The legislation’s fate also demonstrated the importance of President Obama’s push to take action on various fronts, including energy, in ways that do not require congressional approval. This includes regulation and executive actions, such as recent moves to increase federal buildings’ efficiency.

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“We’re going to just have to move with as many administrative tools as we can to keep momentum on both the demand and the supply side,” Moniz said.

The bill, sponsored by Sens. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenSunday shows - Recession fears dominate Lewandowski on potential NH Senate run: If I run, 'I'm going to win' Lewandowski says he's 'happy' to testify before House panel MORE (D-N.H.) and Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanSchumer blasts 'red flag' gun legislation as 'ineffective cop out' McConnell faces pressure to bring Senate back for gun legislation Shaken Portman urges support for 'red flag' laws after Ohio shooting MORE (R-Ohio), failed to reach a 60-vote threshold in the Senate last week after nearly all Republicans voted against it. Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) sponsored similar legislation in the House that passed last year.

“The Shaheen-Portman bill appears to have very widespread, bipartisan support, but no pathway to implementation,” Moniz said at an event organized by the Alliance to Save Energy. “The House companion bill, the Welch bill, ultimately of course will need bicameral support.”