Pending at Congress right now is the Renewable Energy Bill, which provides incentives and mechanisms to promote the development of renewable (and cleaner!) sources of energy in the country (wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, etc.), lessening the country’s dependence on traditonal fossil fuel sources. The bill has been passed at third reading at the House, and at the Senate, it’s been approved at the committee level but still awaiting plenary sponsorship.
The earliest version being filed in 1989. After almost two decades, Congress still hasn’t gotten around to actually passing the thing, and this is the closest that it’s ever come. With the May elections looming, there are only 4 session days remaining (June 4 to 8, unless they call a special session) before the 13th Congress comes to a close, and then it’s back to square one for the RE Bill when the new Congress convenes sometime July.
Things aren’t looking very good for RE Bill advocates right now, but with 4 days, technically it’s still possible. At the EarthDay Jam concert at Tomas Morato Strip last Friday, renewable energy baller IDs were given out in efforts to help popularize the campaign for the bill. It’s apple green, and says “Renewables NOW!” and I’m wearing one right now.
So who else was wearing one that night?
Ms Philippines-Earth with RE campaigners Shivah and Ross
brownman revival – nah, this was at another earth day concert the next day. but i’m sure they would have worn the band, he he.
Slideshow. I love this new feature 🙂