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Senator Jeff Bingaman

Self Description

May 2006: "Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) was born on October 3, 1943, and was raised in Silver City, New Mexico. The son of educators, Bingaman attended Silver City public schools. After graduating from Western High School (now Silver High) in 1961, Bingaman attended Harvard University and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in government in 1965. He then entered the Stanford University School of Law, graduating in 1968. Bingaman served in the Army Reserves from 1968 to 1974. After one year as New Mexico Assistant Attorney General and eight years in private law practice, Bingaman was elected Attorney General of New Mexico in 1978, and in 1982 he was elected to the U.S. Senate..."

Third-Party Descriptions

March 2011: '“In the last Congress, the focus was on trying to do something on climate change, and after the cap-and-trade bill passed the House, there was some expectation we would follow in the Senate,” said Senator Jeff Bingaman, the New Mexico Democrat who leads the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. “It was clear to some of us early on that the votes weren’t there to do that.”'

May 2009: 'Senator Jeff Bingaman, Democrat of New Mexico and chairman of the Senate energy committee, said that if too many new technologies beyond core renewable sources like wind and solar were to be included, “the whole purpose of the renewable electricity standard is defeated.”'

May 2008: "But this time, it’s Wall Street and the newly public commodity exchanges that are sharing the Congressional spotlight. Senate Democrats have already proposed legislation that would impose stiffer margin requirements on energy trading. Senator Jeff Bingaman, chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, wants to tighten oversight of energy trading that takes place over the counter or outside of exchanges like the Nymex, which is regulated by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission."


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Member of (past or present) Democratic Party / Democratic National Committee (DNC) Organization
Student/Trainee (past or present) Harvard University Organization May 15, 2006
Organization Executive (past or present) New Mexico (State Government) Organization May 15, 2006
Student/Trainee (past or present) Stanford University Organization May 15, 2006
Member of (past or present) US Army Reserve (USAR) Organization May 15, 2006
Member of (past or present) US Senate Organization

Articles and Resources

Date Resource Read it at:
Mar 10, 2011 House Panel Votes to Strip E.P.A. of Power to Regulate Greenhouse Gases

QUOTE: A House subcommittee voted on Thursday to strip the Environmental Protection Agency of its power to regulate greenhouse gases, chipping away at a central pillar of the Obama administration’s evolving climate and energy strategy... Republicans and their industry allies accuse the administration of levying taxes on traditional energy sources through costly environmental regulations, threatening the economic recovery and driving jobs overseas.

New York Times
Jun 26, 2009 Bailout of U.S. Banks Gives British Rum a $2.7 Billion Benefit

QUOTE: Congress inserted the tax benefits for companies other than banks in a fog of confusion and panic after the House of Representatives rejected the first attempt to fund the bank support effort urged by then President George W. Bush and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson.

May 24, 2009 With Billions at Stake, Trying to Expand the Meaning of ‘Renewable Energy’

QUOTE: If a source of electricity already widely used by some utilities — hydropower or nuclear power, for example — is deemed renewable, it allows utilities to meet the new renewable-energy requirements while doing little to add wind or solar power to the electrical grid. But environmentalists argue that one of the goals of renewable energy is to cut back on the heat-trapping gases emitted from burning most things, whether fossil fuels or bananas. When there is no fire, there are no emissions.

New York Times
May 24, 2008 Energy Speculators Draw the Heat (Market Maker)

QUOTE: But as I wrote in my last column, the pickup in prices and trading has reignited the idea that speculators are to blame, not underlying market conditions. That claim isn’t new: People have been blaming speculators for about as long as there have been markets. But in recent days, a more powerful group has joined the antispeculation bandwagon: members of Congress.

New York Times
Jul 15, 2007 Climate Change Debate Hinges On Economics: Lawmakers Doubt Voters Would Fund Big Carbon Cuts

QUOTE: Energy and climate experts say the world already possesses the technological know-how for trimming greenhouse gas emissions...[but] Because of the enormous cost of addressing global warming, the energy legislation considered by Congress so far will make barely a dent in the problem.

Washington Post
Jul 07, 2007 Whistle-Blower's Fight For Pension Drags On: Former Defense Official Seeks Private Relief Bill

QUOTE: Federal investigations found Barlow was unfairly fired, winning him sympathy from dozens of Democratic and Republican lawmakers and public interest groups. But for 17 years, he has fought without success to gain a federal pension, blocked at every turn by legal and political obstacles also faced by other federal intelligence whistle-blowers.

Washington Post
Jan 17, 2007 Oil Lease Chief Knew of Error, Report Asserts

QUOTE: A top Interior Department official was told nearly three years ago about a legal blunder that allowed drilling companies to avoid billions of dollars in payments for oil and gas pumped from publicly owned waters....Interior officials could have fixed the mistake far more easily if they had taken action when they first recognized it.

New York Times
Jun 15, 2006 The New Drilling Battle: High Energy Prices Spur Fresh Debate on Offshore Moratorium

QUOTE: More than a mile beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico lies a tract of sea floor that is bigger than New Jersey and that oil and gas companies believe holds a trove of natural gas and a measure of salvation for corporate and residential consumers. But the area, three-quarters of which is closed to development, also lies at the center of a fight in Congress over the future of offshore drilling, with billions of dollars at stake. The battle lines pit Republicans against Republicans, Democrats against Democrats, and industry against environmentalists.

Washington Post
May 14, 2006 A Storm Blows In Along With the Wind: Project Planned Off Cape Cod Shows Contentiousness in Energy Development

QUOTE: Proponents of the Cape Wind project on Nantucket Sound say wind farms like it will help wean the country from dependence on foreign oil. Opponents suggest it will harm the area's environment, scenic views and economy. And both sides insist wealthy interests are doing their best to manipulate the decision-making process by hiring high-priced lobbyists and cutting backroom deals on Capitol Hill.

Washington Post
Apr 13, 2006 Many taxpayers getting burned by inept or crooked preparers

QUOTE: Many of the preparers have been accused of using improper deductions and credits to inflate the size of tax refunds in apparent efforts to attract new clients and increase profits...

Nov 23, 2005 Big Oil 'Participation' at Issue: Definitions Cited in Dispute Over Roles in Energy Task Force

QUOTE: It all depends how you define the word "participate."...Based on how the word is parsed, some executives either told the truth or did not when they were asked about their "participation" in the 2001 energy task force headed by Vice President Cheney.

Washington Post
Jul 31, 2005 To disabled, wait for aid can be fatal

QUOTE: Goodlow is among millions of disabled adults who find themselves acutely vulnerable when their health fails. Ejected from the workforce, stripped of health benefits, snared in the bureaucracy of government programs, they are least able to get help at the time they most need it.

Chicago Tribune
Jul 28, 2005 Energy Tax Breaks Total $14.5 Billion: Some Lawmakers Wanted More Support for Efficiency, Alternative Sources

QUOTE: Congressional negotiators completed work yesterday on a $14.5 billion package of tax breaks as part of a major energy bill...."They've created a complicated scheme of making sure a lot of different profitable energy industries are going to make off like bandits,"...

Washington Post
Nov 19, 2004 FDA Officer Suggests Strict Curbs on 5 Drugs: Makers Dispute Claims About Health Risks

QUOTE: Describing the agency he works for as incapable of stopping dangerous drugs from entering and staying on the market, David J. Graham, associate director of the Office of Drug Safety, told the senators that the FDA's role in reviewing and approving new drugs sometimes conflicts with its duty to address safety issues.

Washington Post
Jul 12, 2002 Hanford Cleanup Plan Seen As Cutting Corners: Energy Department faulted for trying to 'move the goal line'

QUOTE: [A Department of Energy program] could allow the department to leave waste at Hanford by reclassifying it from high-level nuclear waste to a less dangerous rating.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Jan 17, 2002 Your Employer May Not Be Your Best Bet for Financial Advice

QUOTE: A bill by Rep. John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) would lift the restrictions under current law and allow employers and 401(k) plan providers to offer specific advice as long as they gave full disclosure of fees and any conflicts of interest.

Washington Post
Jul 06, 2001 Bush Plan Allows States to Give "Unborn Child" Medical Coverage

QUOTE: The Bush administration has drafted a new policy that would allow states to define "an unborn child" as a person eligible for medical coverage...

New York Times