Lately, people in and out of the federal government have expressed nostalgia for the good old days of bipartisan lawmaking. Today, we have legislative gridlock, and an ideologically polarized Congress; back then Congress got things done.
There is some truth to this, but what were the results of bipartisanship?
With respect to energy, the answer is mostly awful.
Here’s a list of some major pieces of energy legislation (and the votes) of the last 40+ years; commentary to follow:
|Bill/Year||Final House Vote||Final Senate Vote|
|Emergency Petroleum Allocation Act of 1973 (EPAA)||348-46||83-3|
|Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA)||300-103||65-27|
|Crude Oil Windfall Profit Tax Act (1980)||302-107||66-31|
|Magnetic Fusion Energy Engineering Act of 1980 (MFEE)||365-7||Acclamation|
|Energy Security Act of 1980 (SFC)||317-93||78-12|
|Comprehensive Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct 1992)||381-37||93-3|
|Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005)||275-156||74-26|
|Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA)||314-100||86-8|
The table shows there was plenty of bipartisanship.…