What: All Issues : Environment : Global Warming : H.R. 6. Energy/Vote on Amendment to Change "Strategic Petroleum Reserve" into "Strategic Fuels Reserve."
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H.R. 6. Energy/Vote on Amendment to Change "Strategic Petroleum Reserve" into "Strategic Fuels Reserve."
house Roll Call 116     Apr 20, 2005
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N = Progressive
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In this vote, the House defeated an amendment offered by Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) to H.R. 6, the Energy Policy Act of 2005, that would have changed the "Strategic Petroleum Reserve" into the "Strategic Fuels Reserve." In addition to changing the name of the Reserve, the amendment would have granted to the Secretary of Energy discretionary authority to include in the Reserve alternative fuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel. Making the Progressive argument, Kaptur spoke of the need to utilize alternatives to petroleum in order to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil and to find a "new fuel future" for America. In addition, she noted that farmers, including the National Farmers Union, supported the amendment. Opposing the amendment, Republicans noted that crude oil lasts indefinitely, while the contemplated alternative fuels have short shelf lives. Republicans argued that due to those short shelf lives, including those fuels in the reserve would not be effective because the fuels would constantly need to be changed. The House defeated Progressives and this amendment by a vote of 186 to 239, with 25 Democrats crossing party lines to vote with Republicans, and 12 Republicans choosing to vote with Democrats. Thus, the exclusive focus of the national Reserve remained on petroleum, and the Secretary of Energy was not granted the authority to include other fuels in the Reserve.

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