Senate Takes Up Energy Bill After 2-Month Delay for Flint
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has revived a wide-ranging bill that would promote various forms of energy, from renewables such as solar and wind power to natural gas, hydropower and geothermal energy.
The bill also would speed federal approval of projects to export liquefied natural gas to Europe and Asia. Senate passage is expected this week. The bipartisan bill is widely popular, but was delayed in early February amid a partisan dispute over sending hundreds of millions of dollars in emergency aid to Flint, Michigan, to fix and replace the city's lead-contaminated pipes.
Michigan's Democratic senators dropped the Flint provision last week after a months-long standoff with Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters said they would seek another way to get the Flint aid package.