William S. Cohen Papers | Senate Legislative
Materials on Energy
MS 188.8.131.52.4 Wendy Cramer and David Wilby 1991-1996 7 boxes
Arranged alphabetically. Wendy Cramer worked on energy issues from
1991-1993, and David Wilby worked on them from 1993-1996. Records in
this group document issues such as:
1) Energy conservation, efficiency, and assistance. Cohen was a
strong advocate for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
(LIHEAP). In 1993, he protested proposals by the Department of
Health and Human Services to significantly reduce this funding, and
in 1994 he urged the Department of Health and Human Services to
release emergency fuel funds to provide needed assistance to Maine
citizens who were affected by the unusually cold winter.
2) Controversy over the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Due to a
federal Wilderness designation, nearly half of this refuge (8
million acres) was closed to development. In 1987, the Department of
the Interior concluded that the Coastal Plain area of the Refuge was
the nation's "best single opportunity to increase domestic oil
production." Records here document the controversy over this
proposal, and efforts made by environmental groups to block drilling
on the Coastal Plain.
3) The National Energy Security Act of 1991 (S. 1220). This act was
designed to strike a balanced approach to energy problems by
striving to reduce energy consumption and raise domestic energy
production. Title XV of this act included much-debated provisions
concerning the reform of a 56 year old law entitled the Public
Utility Holding Company Act. This reform was designed to bring
competition to the generation of wholesale electric power, and
protests concerning this came from several quarters.
Records consist of correspondence from organizations such as the
National Wildlife Federation, the League of Conservation Voters, and
the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, as
well as memos, news-clippings, and reports.
Access to records in in this sub series is restricted until 2017.
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