Gas prices in the United States dropped on Thursday after a bipartisan Senate bill to reduce emissions failed in the House of Representatives.
The Senate’s version of the American Energy Alliance bill passed the House on Thursday evening, with a bipartisan majority of 54 Democrats and 47 Republicans voting for the bill.
The Senate’s bill, known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, would have required the nation’s biggest producers to use less gas and oil than they do now, but was rejected in the Senate.
In a statement, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, “It’s time for the American people to say, ‘enough with this phony, partisan legislation, this bill that will do nothing to save America’s climate.'”
The Senate bill would have eliminated incentives for American energy companies to develop new technologies that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the nation and its dependence on foreign oil.
McConnell and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn said the American energy industry had agreed to help reduce emissions, and the bill would also increase fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks, which are already among the most efficient vehicles on the road.
Senate Democrats argued that the bill does not go far enough and said the Senate needs to go further to reduce greenhouse gases and curb pollution from factories and other polluting industries.
“This is a very important day for our nation,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said.
“We are all Americans and our voices must be heard.
But, at the end of the day, we are all people of conscience and we must protect the air and water and the climate for all Americans.”
The bill would take effect in 2022, and would have created a new Environmental Protection Agency, a new Bureau of Land Management, and a new Energy Department.
“The bill is a huge step forward, and it will put the brakes on the disastrous war on coal and the fossil fuel industry that’s driving up our energy costs and driving up the cost of electricity,” Senate Majority Senator Maria Cantwell, D, Washington, said.