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Published on Feb 7, 2011
NDN and the New Policy Institute hosted Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) at The National Press Club for a luncheon on Monday, January 31 to discuss the energy agenda for the 112th Legislative Session.
As the chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Senator Bingaman has a reputation for his astute and thoughtful leadership on energy and environmental issues. Most recently Senator Bingaman has been a strong proponent of investment in, and incentives for renewable and clean energy technologies, including a Renewable Electricity Standard (RES).
In the 109th Congress, Senator Bingaman played a major role in the passage of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the first comprehensive energy bill to become law in 13 years. Just two years later, in 2007, he was the lead sponsor of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 that created a historic increase in vehicle fuel economy and mandated the most sweeping energy efficiency legislation ever to be put into law.