The power shift on Capitol Hill, sparked by the mid-term elections, means the government will likely move in new directions when the new U.S. Congress is sworn in this January. How will that affect the nation's energy issues? On “Morning Call,” New Mexico Democratic Senator Jeff Bingaman revealed what’s to come when he takes over as Chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.Bingaman intends to address the following issues:
- Energy efficiency– he wants to find ways to be more energy efficient in both vehicles and in residences.
- Greenhouse gas emissions and how to control them
- Renewable energy
- How we can use coal and not have emission problems.
Here are some other talking points:
Claman: Nancy Pelosi said she wants to repeal tax breaks for big oil – what do you think?
Bingaman: Some of the tax provisions do need to be repealed… but some were put in to maximize domestic production. No judgment until we look at them closely.