After Iowa caucuses, a busy week in energy policy

(DonkeyHotey / Creative Commons)
(DonkeyHotey / Creative Commons)
KC McGinnis | February 2, 2016

After Texas Sen. Ted Cruz took the most delegates in the Iowa caucuses despite his lack of support from Governor Terry Branstad over his opposition to the Renewable Fuel Standard, energy policy will continue to be a hot topic of debate in Iowa and on Capitol Hill.

According to Bloomberg, more than 100 amendments to end or rework the ethanol mandate have been filed and could go to the Senate floor as early as this week. These would be the first written modifications to energy policy since 2007.

Ethanol became a major point of debate nationwide as Presidential candidates clashed on the issue. Among Republicans, Cruz and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul were alone in their opposition to the ethanol mandate while both former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders expressed a need to improve upon the law, which requires fuels like gasoline to contain a minimum volume of renewable fuels, without scrapping it altogether.

This week policy makers in Washington will also discuss the effects of fracking on drinking water, hydroelectric power, energy security and the COP21 climate summit that took place last December. The first hearing related to Flint water crisis will also take place before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

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