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Bush Administration National
Energy Policy

The energy plan contains 105 recommendations, 42 of them focused on conservation and alternative fuels. Twenty of the recommendations would require congressional action.

Key Recommendations

Infrastructure

  • Expand federal authority to obtain rights-of-way for electricity transmission lines, using eminent domain if necessary.
  • Review whether to relax clean air rules to give refiners more flexibility in producing and distributing gasoline.
  • Improve pipeline safety and expedite pipeline permitting.

Conservation

  • Expand a current 10 percent tax credit for all-electric vehicles to include gas-electric hybrids and future fuel cell vehicles. Estimated cost over 10 years: $4 billion.
  • Provide tax benefits and regulatory relief for cogeneration plants, which produce both heat and electricity.
  • Expand federal Energy Star program to include not only businesses but schools, homes and hospitals.
  • Study whether to require higher vehicle mileage standards.

Environment

  • Promote technologies to limit environmental impacts.
  • Pass law with a flexible cap on power plant emissions of nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide and mercury.
  • Develop technologies and market-based incentives to combat global warming. Nuclear power is cited as an energy source that doesn't emit the gases tied to global warming.

Renewables

  • Extend wind energy production tax credits.
  • Offer 15 percent residential tax credit for users of solar power.
  • Order Interior Department to address permitting delays in geothermal plants.
  • Streamline licensing procedures for hydropower plants.
  • Boost research funding and continue tax credits for biofuels, which are made from crop and farm animal waste.

Supply

Oil/gas

  • Allow drilling on more federal lands, including 2,000 of the 19 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Offer new tax incentives to encourage production.
  • Order federal agencies to consider the impact on energy supplies when writing regulations.

Coal

Powerplants
  • Boost research funding and create tax breaks for “clean coal” technology to cut power plant emissions.
  • Review clean air rules with possibility of easing them.
  • Streamline licensing of coal-fired power plants.

Nuclear Power

  • Streamline licensing procedures for plants.
  • Offer tax breaks to encourage financial stablity and more electricity production.
  • Reauthorize 1988 law limiting plant liability in major accidents.
  • Consider reviving technology that reuses nuclear reactor fuel to produce electricity.

International

  • Review economic sanctions policies against Iraq, Iran and Libya, three major oil exporting nations.
  • Direct Secretary of State Colin Powell to step up diplomatic efforts to expand oil production in Latin America, Asia and Caspian Sea nations such as Azerbaijan.

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