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Reid: Energy revolution happening, but too slowly

LAS VEGAS — A clean energy revolution is under way in the United States but isn’t happening quickly enough, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday.

Mr. Reid told reporters in advance of a clean energy summit in Las Vegas that the country is still too dependent on foreign oil and needs to change that to help national defense and the economy.

“Our dependence on foreign oil is making our nation less secure, and is certainly damaging the health of our citizens,” he said.

He expects clean energy projects to be part of jobs bills that the Senate will consider when it returns to session next week.

The Tuesday summit at the Aria Resort & Casino is expected to include Vice President Joseph R. Biden, several governors and other influential policy experts, including Energy Secretary Steven Chu and U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus.

In addition to lawmakers trading ideas, previous summits have included announcements and discussions about investments in renewable energy.

John Podesta, chief executive of the Center for American Progress, said discussions at the summit have led to tax incentives for renewable energy and funding for transmission-line projects in Nevada and elsewhere.

“I know that many of the ideas that will be developed over the next day or so will likewise be considered by Congress this year,” said Mr. Podesta, a former White House chief of staff for Bill Clinton.


GOP to spike rules as part of jobs agenda

The House Republican agenda this fall will focus on repealing environmental and labor regulations they say are driving up the costs of doing business and discouraging employers from hiring new workers.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says in a memo to his fellow Republicans that as soon as Congress returns to Washington next week he will start bringing up bills to repeal or restrict federal regulations. The Virginia lawmaker also said the House would act on a small-business tax deduction.

The memo was released Monday.

The GOP approach to job creation comes as President Obama prepares to announce after Labor Day a broad jobs package expected to include tax cuts, infrastructure projects and help for the unemployed.

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