What: All Issues : Environment : Renewable Energy : S. 14. Energy Policy/Vote to Establish Timelines for the Development of Environmentally-Safe, Hydrogen-Powered Automobiles. (2003 senate Roll Call 212)
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S. 14. Energy Policy/Vote to Establish Timelines for the Development of Environmentally-Safe, Hydrogen-Powered Automobiles.
senate Roll Call 212     Jun 10, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Win

The energy plan developed by the Bush Administration and considered by Congress in 2003 contained numerous provisions to increase domestic fossil fuel production. In the view of Progressives, however, comparatively few policies in the Bush energy plan were directed toward the research and development of renewable fuels such as wind, solar, geothermal, and hydrogen fuel cell energies. Adopting a responsible energy policy, Progressives argued, required greater emphasis on renewable energy sources to reduce U.S. dependence on fossil fuels. In a move to reduce gasoline consumption in the U.S., Senator Byron Dorgan (DND) proposed an amendment to the energy legislation which would require the Energy Department to establish timelines for the development of 100,000 hydrogen-power automobiles annually by 2010 and 2.5 million vehicles annually by 2020. The Dorgan proposal would also require the Energy Department to establish targets for the sale of hydrogen and fueling stations. Progressives endorsed Dorgan's amendment because, in their view, adopting new power sources for automobiles is a critical step toward reducing air pollution caused by automobile exhaust, curbing carbon monoxide emissions from gasoline combustion engines which contributes to global warming, and decreasing U.S. dependence on foreign oil. Democrats voted overwhelmingly in favor of Dorgan's proposal and the measure was adopted on a 67-32 vote.

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