Just before the August congressional recess, the House passed comprehensive energy legislation, which would be funded through increased taxation on oil and gas companies, on Aug. 4.
The Department of Energy denied on Jul. 19 a claim by Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) that it supported a $1 million earmark to create a group to further research oil pipeline technology.
Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) unveiled a draft climate-change bill, which has already garnered significant bipartisan support from other senators and outside organizations, on Jul. 11.
Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) announced his intention to introduce a measure to increase the gasoline tax by 50 cents on Jul. 6.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) secured an earmark in the Interior-Environment spending bill that would provide funds for a major air-pollution reduction program in two heavily polluted areas of California in late June.
Leading Democrats in Congress applauded the late Jun. release of the "Greening the Capitol" Report, which makes recommendations on how to make the House carbon-neutral by the end of the 110th Congress.
The Senate passed a comprehensive energy bill, an amended version of the CLEAN Energy Act of 2007 (H.R.6), originally passed in the House, in a vote of 65-27 on Jun. 21.
In a 408-8 vote on Jun. 6, the House passed the H-Prize Act of 2007, establishing a series of cash rewards for innovation in hydrogen energy technology.
Rep. Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.) introduced the Clean Water Restoration Act of 2007 on May 22, which would expand the areas protected under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) introduced a comprehensive energy bill on May 17. The bill intended to improve energy independence and security, increase production of clean renewable fuels, protect consumers from price gouging, increase the energy efficiency of products, buildings and vehicles, promote research on greenhouse gas management, and improve the energy performance of the federal government.
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