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Mon Mar 7, 2016, 12:06 AM

1. There was plenty in that bill to vote against for a liberal.


This article refers to the Energy Policy Act of 2005, a major priority of the GWBush administration at the time. (This was already litigated in the 2008 primary, you know. Obama voted for it, Clinton didn't.)

Some facts about this bill:
-The bill exempted fluids used in the natural gas extraction process of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) from protections under the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, and CERCLA.

-it seeks to increase coal as an energy source while also reducing air pollution, through authorizing $200 million annually for clean coal initiatives, repealing the current 160-acre (0.65 km2) cap on coal leases, allowing the advanced payment of royalties from coal mines and requiring an assessment of coal resources on federal lands that are not national parks

-it provides incentives to companies to drill for oil in the Gulf of Mexico

-it exempts oil and gas producers from certain requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act

-it directs the Secretary of the Interior to complete a programmatic environmental impact statement for a commercial leasing program for oil shale and tar sands resources on public lands with an emphasis on the most geologically prospective lands within each of the states of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming.

And here's Clinton's explanation for her vote. (Again, just like Sanders' explanation of his Crime Bill vote.)

"So that 2005 energy bill was a big step backwards on the path to clean, renewable energy," said Clinton. "That's why I voted against it. That's why I'm standing for the proposition let's take away the giveaways that were given to gas and oil, put them to work on solar and wind and geothermal and biofuels and all of the rest that we need for a new energy future."

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