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Bingaman talks cleantech

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By Roger Snodgrass

SANTA FE – The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman likes the idea of moving, leaning and looking “forward” for the next few months of energy legislation.

 

Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M, spoke at the Coronado Ventures Forum’s annual Cleantech Event for  the state’s entrepreneurial community Wednesday.

 

He emphasized tax incentives and credits for businesses, consumers and builders, and pointed to the recent eight-year extension of solar tax credits, as a positive trend for the future.

 

“I’m optimistic that President Obama and the new Congress is going to be forward-leaning in trying to do the right thing,” he said, on a range of issues related to renewable energy and energy efficiency.

 

A realist, he said his approach was “to find a consensus on the most aggressive plans we can get the votes to pass, and then advance from there.”

 

Coming up next week, Bingaman said, would be a test on spending priorities as Congress weighs what to do in a lame duck session to pass a stimulus package this month.