S. 2012 Energy Policy Modernization Act (Roll Call 54)
This bill provides for a series of initiatives that increases the federal government's role in the energy sector by promoting energy projects favored by the government. These would include carbon capture, methane hydrates, industrial bioheat systems, the use of disaster relief to promote favored government energy systems, and other programs that have failed in the past and can be funded by the private sector. The bill also permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which has nothing to do with energy programs and should be handled as a separate bill. ACU supports all forms of energy, believes government should not favor one form of energy over another, and opposed this bill. The Senate passed the bill on April 20, 2016 by a vote of 85-12.