Bingaman to Discuss Energy Policy with President Obama

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) “will meet with President Obama at the White House on Wednesday afternoon to discuss a proposal to significantly expand U.S. low-carbon power generation,” The Hill reports.

Obama, in his State of the Union address last week, called on lawmakers to pass legislation requiring that 80 percent of the country’s electricity come from low-carbon sources such as wind, solar, nuclear, natural gas and coal with carbon-capture technology. Obama has not yet offered specific detail on how his “clean energy standard” would be structured.

The White House has reached out to Bingaman to help flesh out the details of the proposal. Bingaman, for his part, has been a strong proponent of a renewable electricity standard, which focuses on renewable energy sources such as wind and solar without including low-carbon sources like nuclear and natural gas.

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