GOP energy plan: Better clean energy? Okay, let’s drill more

posted at 7:01 pm on February 5, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

President Obama simply cannot allow the start of his legacy-building second term to be dominated by complicated fiscal cliffs, unpopular sequesters, tiresome continuing resolutions, and, oh yeah — our still unimpressive economic “recovery” — which is why he’s looking to do some work on the big-ticket issues of immigration, gun control, and climate change. He made his inauguration speech into quite the spectacle of born-again climate-change zeal, and the environmental lobby has been quick to make it clear they’re going to try and hold him to that as he faces a series of tough energy-related decisions. The Keystone pipeline, cries for more further federal oil-and-gas permitting, increased natural gas-exports, and his appointees for Interior, Energy, and EPA, who will carry out his regulatory and spending policies, are all decisions that are coming in fairly short order.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Republican from Alaska, has a suggestion for a way Obama could make some energy-related compromises and move the country’s sluggish economy forward at the same time. She’s just introduced a pretty comprehensive energy plan that includes a lot of items for which Republicans have long been gunning (less onerous regulations and mandates, more permitting of federal lands, phasing out subsidies for specifically renewable power, etcetera), but isn’t without some major items that might make the whole thing more amenable to the other side of the aisle:

Top Republican senator on energy issues Lisa Murkowski unveiled an energy blueprint Monday chock full of about 200 policy recommendations, including increased development of the nation’s abundant natural gas and oil resources, and the establishment of an “Advanced Energy Trust Fund” to finance clean energy research and help pay down the national debt. …

“Call it a conversation starter,” Murkowski—who represents a major oil-producing state—said at a press conference Monday. “It is intended to be a source of ideas for discrete legislation that can attract, after vigorous debate, a strong base of support from a political and geographically diverse group of Members.”

Among other policy recommendations and goals contained in the blueprint—dubbed Energy 20/20—are approving the Keystone XL pipeline, easing permitting regulations for oil and gas production on federal lands, and research and development into energy storage technologies that would make wind and solar more cost-effective.

Among the provisions that could help the plan appeal to Democrats and the White House are using energy revenues to provide R&D funding, more hydropower and nuclear research, a modest but not mandated climate policy, boosting energy efficiency, and other ideas that do not include merely throwing money around for ineffectual show. Brad Plumer details a few:

3) Use revenues from expanded oil and gas drilling to fund advanced energy. Yes, oil and gas drilling have been booming of late. But Murkowski argues that the U.S. government could be doing even more. For instance: Open up 2,000 acres in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) for exploration. Open the Outer Continental Shelf off the coast of Virginia and the Carolinas. Speed up permitting for drilling on federal lands and waters. …

4) Build more dams. In her report, Murkowski notes that hydropower is often excluded from newer clean-energy initiatives because dams can be controversial. …. The blueprint cites research (pdf) from the Energy Department suggesting that the United States could squeeze an additional 300 gigawatts of hydropower from upgrading existing dams, electrifying many existing dams, and putting dams in smaller rivers. That’s roughly 30 percent of U.S. electric capacity. …

8) Boost the energy efficiency of the U.S. economy, albeit without government mandates. Key part of this section: “Promote a comprehensive energy efficiency approach by making financing accessible for efficiency retrofits, both in the federal space and private markets, and pursuing integrated efficiency systems, without creating any mandates, all while pursuing efficiency per unit of GDP rather than less energy production.”

It’s not the perfect energy plan of my wildest daydreams (most of you know how I feel about subsidies, harumph), but it is a vast improvement over the Obama administration’s current practices and includes a lot of concessions and practicalities that could indeed help ‘start on conversation’ on letting Americans to take better advantage of our energy reserves… though I doubt the greenies would allow such a thing.


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Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R……

Stopped reading right there.

BobMbx on February 5, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Sen. Lisa Murkowski M-U-R-K-O-W-S-K-I, Republican Independent Fraud from Alaska

portlandon on February 5, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Republican from Alaska,

Huh?

sauldalinsky on February 5, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Republican election stealer from Alaska,

Fixed.

Myron Falwell on February 5, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Need to read the whole plan… but not bad for Murkowski.

dforston on February 5, 2013 at 7:14 PM

good luck with the dams, the Army corp of engineers built locks and dams on the Mississippi River years ago, some of the communities near by wanted to put power generating stations at the dam sites, remember the dams are there already and have been for years, but the environmentalist through a fit

RonK on February 5, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Republican Nepotistic Oligarch from Alaska

equanimous on February 5, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Yes, its a conversation starter between the 2 sides, if the greenies permit, which I doubt. ANWR is like the holy grail to them.

tommy71 on February 5, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Taking a break from praising, promoting and demanding state and federal funding for Planned Parenthood’s abortion shops, and siding with obama on nearly every issue, radical “progressive” abortionist Lisa Murkowski says something about energy production, for some reason.

Pork-Chop on February 5, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Never, ever trust or believe anything that hisses forth from the leathery, razor-lipped countenance of Alaska’s own answer to Baba Yaga.

Charlie Brown. Lucy. Football.

For the love of all that’s holy, people: Start. Learning. From. Experience.

Kent18 on February 5, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Among other policy recommendations and goals contained in the blueprint—dubbed Energy 20/20—are approving the Keystone XL pipeline, easing permitting regulations for oil and gas production on federal lands, and research and development into energy storage technologies that would make wind and solar more cost-effective.
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Looks an awful lot like the EU Model:

Renewable Energy
Technology Roadmap
20% by
2020
****

http://www.erec.org/fileadmin/erec_docs/Documents/Publications/Renewable_Energy_Technology_Roadmap.pdf

canopfor on February 5, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Alaska, Why?

Bmore on February 5, 2013 at 7:24 PM

One of the Nurse Ratcheds in DC.

See Sebelius too.

Schadenfreude on February 5, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Kent18 on February 5, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Whenever I look at her, the term harpie springs forth.

TxAnn56 on February 5, 2013 at 7:25 PM

MeanWhile………………

The Washington Post ‏@washingtonpost

EPA: Carbon pollution fell 4.6% when power plants used less coal http://wapo.st/11QTSrZ
======================

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/epa-says-carbon-pollution-from-power-plants-declines-with-less-coal-use/2013/02/05/a4e4d40c-6fce-11e2-b3f3-b263d708ca37_story.html?wprss=rss_social-politics-rss&Post+generic=%3Ftid%3Dsm_twitter_washingtonpost

canopfor on February 5, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Taking a break from praising, promoting and demanding state and federal funding for Planned Parenthood’s abortion shops, and siding with obama on nearly every issue, radical “progressive” abortionist Lisa Murkowski

Pork-Chop on February 5, 2013 at 7:20 PM

The most devastatingly truthful (and balls-on accurate) summation anyone will be typing, re: Murkowski, anywhere this evening.

Y’all can close the thread, now. ;)

Kent18 on February 5, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Any plan is better than Barry’s “make shit up as I go along” plan.

GarandFan on February 5, 2013 at 7:29 PM

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canopfor on February 5, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Whenever I look at her, the term harpie springs forth.

TxAnn56 on February 5, 2013 at 7:25 PM

There’s definitely blood on her talons.

Kent18 on February 5, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Drilling in ANWR? O’rly?

Might as well have thrown in overturning Roe, voter ID, and a balanced budget amendment. Go big or go home – actually Murky can just go home.

CorporatePiggy on February 5, 2013 at 7:32 PM

O/T: excellent story that got lost in the shuffle, yesterday:

S.E. Cupp Trashes Karl Rove’s ‘Refusal To Recognize Reality,’ Audacity To Presume He Deserves ‘Another Shot’

“If you remember back to that moment on Fox News on election night when Karl Rove refused to cede Ohio – that was emblematic, I think, of Karl Rove, American Crossroads, and the establishment’s problem over the last four years: refusal to recognize reality,” Cupp continued. “Absolute refusal.”

Kent18 on February 5, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Murkowski?………RULING CLASS republican.

Which means she’s a Big gov loving DEMOCRAT that won’t come out of the closet.

gop leadership?……..guiding principles?……….one, POWER.

PappyD61 on February 5, 2013 at 7:36 PM

I would support nothing that has Murkowski’s name on or that she has been near. We have enough other RINO’s to worry about.

HopeHeFails on February 5, 2013 at 7:38 PM

O/T, just now: Dick Morris Dropped By Fox News

“Karl Rove, Jen Rubin, ‘UnSkewedPolls.com’ Hardest Hit.” ;)

Kent18 on February 5, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Republican Princess Prostitute from Alaska

KOOLAID2 on February 5, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R……

Stopped reading right there.

BobMbx on February 5, 2013 at 7:06 PM

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Awww … c’mon Bob. What d’ya’ got against Polish Alaskan RINOs?

Oh … wait . . . . . . . .

listens2glenn on February 5, 2013 at 7:43 PM

If anyone screams about the prospect of drilling in ANWR, we should shove the Bureau of Land Management’s refusal to clean up its own drill sites up there down their pretty green throats.

Wanderlust on February 5, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Republican Nepotistic Oligarch from Alaska

equanimous on February 5, 2013 at 7:17 PM

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Dittos.

listens2glenn on February 5, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Lisa Murkowski leading this effort? What could go wrong.

This only PROVES the sad state the GOP has reduced itself.

And by the way – she isn’t a REPUBLICAN. She was elected as an independent because Alaskan Republicans REJECTED her. However, since she’s “in” with the good ole boy Ayatollahs of the GOP – they welcomed her back into the fold.

WHICH IS DISGUSTING AND ANOTHER REASON I HATE THE GOP WORSE THAN THE DIMMOCRITS.

IT’S A VICERAL HATRED TOO.

HondaV65 on February 5, 2013 at 7:48 PM

If anyone screams about the prospect of drilling in ANWR, we should shove the Bureau of Land Management’s refusal to clean up its own drill sites up there down their pretty green throats.

Wanderlust on February 5, 2013 at 7:45 PM

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(sarcasm ALERT) But what about “On Deadly Ground (1994)” with Steven Seagal?

listens2glenn on February 5, 2013 at 7:52 PM

“Call it a conversation starter,” Murkowski—who represents a major oil-producing state—said at a press conference Monday. “It is intended to be a source of ideas for discrete legislation that can attract, after vigorous debate, a strong base of support from a political and geographically diverse group of Members.”

Obama: “I can’t hear you.”

arnold ziffel on February 5, 2013 at 7:55 PM

Kent18 on February 5, 2013 at 7:34 PM

I thought SE Cupp was a RINO!! Goodness, it’s hard to tell who is what nowadays! :P

In all seriousness, this is bad. They are gloating on that page you linked that we are tearing each other apart and they are right.

thebrokenrattle on February 5, 2013 at 7:56 PM

HondaV65 on February 5, 2013 at 7:48 PM

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Wow … we’re really on a roll, here!

Keep it coming, y’all . . . . . . : )

listens2glenn on February 5, 2013 at 7:57 PM

Kent18 on February 5, 2013 at 7:34 PM

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I thought SE Cupp was a RINO!! Goodness, it’s hard to tell who is what nowadays! :P

In all seriousness, this is bad. They are gloating on that page you linked that we are tearing each other apart and they are right.

thebrokenrattle on February 5, 2013 at 7:56 PM

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Well, nobody’s perfect … (except me).

listens2glenn on February 5, 2013 at 7:59 PM

And by the way – she isn’t a REPUBLICAN. She was elected as an independent because Alaskan Republicans REJECTED her.

HondaV65 on February 5, 2013 at 7:48 PM

… AFTER promising, on multiple occasions during the primaries, that she would NOT RUN as an independent, and that she would support Joe Miller if he won the Republican nomination …

Murkowski is a dangerous, absolutely untrustworthy, power-hungry radical.

Pork-Chop on February 5, 2013 at 8:00 PM

O/T, just now: Dick Morris Dropped By Fox News

“Karl Rove, Jen Rubin, ‘UnSkewedPolls.com’ Hardest Hit.” ;)

Kent18 on February 5, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Kent18:Just cruised over to Drudge,interesting!:)

canopfor on February 5, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Would the “good” Madam Senator from Alaska please check-out hotair.com?

We’ve just dedicated an entire thread in your honor.

listens2glenn on February 5, 2013 at 8:03 PM

They are gloating on that page you linked that we are tearing each other apart and they are right.

thebrokenrattle on February 5, 2013 at 7:56 PM

If by “we” they mean “Rove and company,” in this particular instance… then: spot on, absolutely.

There’s a simple, easy way to remedy that particular problem, of course… or: we could always do the demonstrably counter-intuitive thing again, same as always, and see how much more of our rapidly dwindling voting base we can piddle away over the next four years, all in the name of “moderation” or what-have-you.

I definitely know which way I’d be voting. ;)

Kent18 on February 5, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Need to read the whole plan… but not bad for Murkowski.

dforston on February 5, 2013 at 7:14 PM

I don’t like her either, but it’s not bad… for Murkowski.

petefrt on February 5, 2013 at 8:07 PM

Kent18:Just cruised over to Drudge,interesting!:)

canopfor on February 5, 2013 at 8:00 PM

That screen capture with the “HERE COMES THE LANDSLIDE!” banner, directly underneath Morris’ smarmy, swollen fright mask? YEAH, baby. ;)

Kent18 on February 5, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Need to read the whole plan… but not bad for Murkowski.

dforston on February 5, 2013 at 7:14 PM

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I don’t like her either, but it’s not bad… for Murkowski.

petefrt on February 5, 2013 at 8:07 PM

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Ok, I’ll withhold my (SEVERE) “judgement”, until Sarah weighs in on this.

How’s that?

listens2glenn on February 5, 2013 at 8:10 PM

I’ll withhold my (SEVERE) “judgement”, until Sarah weighs in on this.

listens2glenn on February 5, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Okay, now you’re just willfully conjuring the PDS trolls to appear, is all. ;)

Kent18 on February 5, 2013 at 8:13 PM

…how come the comment counts do not update?

KOOLAID2 on February 5, 2013 at 8:49 PM

I’ll withhold my (SEVERE) “judgement”, until Sarah weighs in on this.

listens2glenn on February 5, 2013 at 8:10 PM

…LOL!

KOOLAID2 on February 5, 2013 at 8:51 PM

Murk.y!

Sherman1864 on February 5, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Would the “good” Madam Senator from Alaska please check-out hotair.com?
We’ve just dedicated an entire thread in your honor.
listens2glenn on February 5, 2013 at 8:03 PM

All you gotta do is send a link to her office.

Sherman1864 on February 5, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Any plan is better than Barry’s “make shit up as I go along” plan.refusal to acknowledge reality plans.
GarandFan on February 5, 2013 at 7:29 PM

A bad source can still have a reasonable plan. It beats anything else actually on the table for energy.

talkingpoints on February 5, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Was just watching a 60 Minutes re-run in which they say that cold fusion is close at hand, so all of this discussion is moot.

/

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 5, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Every existing photo of Murkowski cackling on the Senate floor always looks as if it ought to be captioned: “… yes, and your little dog, too, my pretty! HEEEE=hee-hee-hee-heeeeeeeeeeeee — !!!”

Famous old saying: “At fifty, you get the face you deserve.” ‘Nuff said. ;)

Kent18 on February 6, 2013 at 6:11 AM

I’m glad I’m not the only one. I saw the pic of Murkowski, and associated her with the Democrats. When I read the article, I was reminded that she was a Republican.

lea on February 6, 2013 at 7:07 AM

Murkowski? I was thinking how much I’d like to punch her in the face, but by the looks of the cover photo someone beat me to it.

Free Indeed on February 6, 2013 at 8:37 AM

Leontina Mikulášová: working hard, or hardly working?

steebo77 on February 6, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Looks good to the kenyan and his regime.

Just delete all of the republican supported items and pass the dem supported items and it will be great legislation.

acyl72 on February 6, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Read between the lines – she is a rino – and needs a haircut or
style or whatever.

Amjean on February 6, 2013 at 10:28 AM

You dare to call Lisa Murkowski a top Republican on energy issues? Are you out of your mind? She is a lying, manipulative POS and that doesn’t stand for point of sale!

You’re losing it, Ed!

tomshup on February 6, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Typo in earlier post in reference to Ed, shud have been Erika, but if the shoe fits, wear it, Ed!

tomshup on February 6, 2013 at 3:18 PM