Focus Shifts from Climate to Energy

On Monday, in the midst of a searing heat wave in the capital region, the Washington Post released the findings of a poll showing that climate change no longer leads the list of Americans’ environmental worries.

Only 18 percent of the respondents named it as their biggest concern, compared to 33 percent in 2007. (You have to wonder how results might have shifted had the poll been conducted in the past few days.)

Congress has shown a similar lack of concern, with little agreement on legislation addressing climate change or global warming.

As the Post noted, a proposal to limit greenhouse gases died in the Senate in 2010.

The Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, formed by Nancy Pelosi in 2007, ceased to exist after Republicans gained the House majority.

The aim of many energy and environmental measures introduced in the 112th Congress is to expand domestic production and reduce regulation. The major lobbying groups are energy companies and utilities.

Nevertheless, there has been no lack of legislation on issues affecting the environment.

We reviewed 64 such measures introduced during the current Congress, tracking lobbying efforts on each bill.

The following table shows the number of bills lobbied by the most active organizations (those with 2011 expenditures of $1 million or more).

We list the legislation included in our survey at the end of the post.

Lobbying organization Bills lobbied Q1 2012 lobby 2011 lobby
Duke Energy Corporation 26 $2,170,000 $6,340,000
Midamerican Energy Holdings * 23 $2,276,832 $9,585,434
Exelon Business Services, LLC * 21 $3,608,991 $9,273,154
Edison Electric Institute 20 $3,440,000 $12,320,000
National Grid USA * 19 $1,280,000 $2,840,000
CMS Energy Corp 19 $480,000 $1,180,000
Xcel Energy, Inc 18 $800,000 $2,090,000
Southern Company 11 $4,030,000 $12,720,000
Ford Motor Company 10 $1,710,000 $6,657,000
Centerpoint Energy, Inc. 10 $630,000 $1,992,000
Peabody Energy 9 $1,582,500 $6,944,300
Nextera Energy, Inc. 9 $1,350,000 $2,500,000
* Lobby spending figures are for parent company

Sources: First Street, Center for Responsive Politics, Bloomberg BNA

We included the following bills in our survey:

112 S.1833: Fair Compliance Act of 2011
112 S.559: Securing America’s Future with Energy and Sustainable Technologies Act
112 S.1220: Fulfilling U.S. Energy Leadership Act of 2011
112 S.948: Promoting Electric Vehicles Act of 2011
112 H.R.3307: American Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit Extension Act of 2011
112 S.734: Advanced Vehicle Technology Act of 2011
112 H.R.909: Roadmap for America’s Energy Future
112 H.R.750: Defending America’s Affordable Energy and Jobs Act
112 S.2201: American Energy and Job Promotion Act
112 S.1001: Alternative Fueled Vehicles Competitiveness and Energy Security Act of 2011
112 S.609: Comprehensive Assessment of Regulations on the Economy Act of 2011
112 H.R.1861: Infrastructure Jobs and Energy Independence Act
112 S.629: Hydropower Improvement Act of 2011
112 S.741: A bill to amend the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 to establish a renewable electricity standard, and for other purposes
112 H.R.1367: Advanced Vehicle Technology Act of 2011
112 S.187: Biofuels Market Expansion Act of 2011
112 H.R.500: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the manufacturer limitation on the number of new qualified plug-in electric drive motor vehicles eligible for credit.
112 S.699: Department of Energy Carbon Capture and Sequestration Program Amendments Act of 2011
112 H.R.2054: Energy and Revenue Enrichment Act of 2011
112 H.R.153: Ensuring Affordable Energy Act
112 S.706: 3-D, Domestic Jobs, Domestic Energy, and Deficit Reduction Act of 2011
112 H.R.2170: Cutting Federal Red Tape to Facilitate Renewable Energy Act
112 H.R.1682: American-Made Energy Act of 2011
112 S.937: American Alternative Fuels Act of 2011
112 S.757: Carbon Dioxide Capture Technology Prize Act of 2011
112 S.1393: Maintaining Agency Direction on Financial Fraud Act
112 S.1108: 10 Million Solar Roofs Act of 2011
112 H.R.1292: Energy Production Freedom Act
112 S.963: Reducing Federal Energy Dollars Act of 2011
112 H.R.680: To prohibit United States contributions to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
112 H.R.3242: Save Our Climate Act of 2011
112 H.R.2172: Utilizing America’s Federal Lands for Wind Energy Act
112 H.R.2173: Advancing Offshore Wind Production Act
112 H.R.2171: Exploring for Geothermal Energy on Federal Lands Act
112 H.R.253: Clean Vehicles for Cleaner Air Act of 2011
112 S.152: Dual Fuel Vehicle Act of 2011
112 S.1142: Geothermal Exploration and Technology Act of 2011
112 S.2204: Repeal Big Oil Tax Subsidies Act
112 H.R.66: Waste-to-Energy Technology Act of 2011
112 H.R.230: 21st Century Energy Independence Act of 2011
112 H.R.2417: Better Use of Light Bulbs Act
112 S.1881: SAFE Act
112 H.R.2401: Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation Act of 2011
112 S.3036: A bill to extend and modify the temporary reduction of duty on certain men’s footwear, not covering the ankle, designed to be worn in lieu of, but not over, other footwear as a protection against water, oil, grease, or chemicals or cold or inclement weather.
112 H.CON.RES.84: Recognizing the disparate impact of climate change on women and the efforts of women globally to address climate change.
112 H.R.279: To prohibit any Federal agency or official, in carrying out any Act or program to reduce the effects of greenhouse gas emissions on climate change, from imposing a fee or tax on gaseous emissions emitted directly by livestock.
112 H.R.2988: Green Export Promotion and Job Creation Ac
112 H.RES.203: Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 910) to amend the Clean Air Act to prohibit the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from promulgating any regulation concerning, taking action relating to, or taking into consideration the emission of a greenhouse gas to address climate change, and for other purposes.
112 H.RES.672: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the energy, environmental, and foreign policies of the United States should reflect appropriate understanding and sensitivity concerning issues related to climate change, as documented by credible scientific findings and as evidenced by the extreme weather events of recent years.
112 S.1160: Department of Energy Administrative Improvement Act of 2011
112 H.R.1412: Gas Accessibility and Stabilization Act of 2011
112 S.1000: Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2011
112 H.R.910: Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011
112 H.R.910: Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011
112 S.228: Defending America’s Affordable Energy and Jobs Act
112 S.228: Defending America’s Affordable Energy and Jobs Act
112 S.231: EPA Stationary Source Regulations Suspension Act
112 S.482: Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011
112 S.482: Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011
112 H.R.3314: Climate Change Health Protection and Promotion Act
112 H.R.2603: Maintaining Agency Direction on Financial Fraud Act
112 H.R.279: To prohibit any Federal agency or official, in carrying out any Act or program to reduce the effects of greenhouse gas emissions on climate change, from imposing a fee or tax on gaseous emissions emitted directly by livestock.
112 H.R.4314: To amend the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 to require the Secretary of Commerce to establish a coastal climate change adaptation planning and response program, and for other purposes.
112 S.2132: Highway Investment, Job Creation, and Economic Growth Act of 2012

Related story: See our June post on the clean air and water lobby.

Comments

  1. Sandra Diaz says:

    Thank you so much for pulling all this great information together! Is there any way to get the breakdown of what entities lobbied on what bills and how much they spent?

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