Energy Markets Emergency Act of 2008

Energy Markets Emergency Act of 2008

The Energy Markets Emergency Act of 2008 ( [ H.R.6377)] is a bill in the 110th Congress that "directs the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to use its authority to deal with issues causing major market disturbances." Project Vote Smart’s info page on [ Energy Markets Emergency Act of 2008 (H.R.6377)] .] More specifically, the legislation directs the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to utilize all its authority, including its emergency powers, to curb immediately excessive speculation, price distortion, sudden or unreasonable s or unwarranted changes in prices, or other unlawful activity that is allegedly causing major market disturbances that prevent the market from accurately reflecting the forces of supply and demand for energy commoditiesFact|date=August 2008.

Current status

On July 25, 2008, Republicans successfully blocked the Democratic majority's efforts to move the key piece of its energy legislation forward in the Senate. Sixty "yes" votes were required for the cloture motion to be successful, but the measure received only 50 "yes" votes with 43 lawmakers opposed. Senate Democrats said the legislation was needed to give the government new powers to curb alleged speculators, whom some lawmakersFact|date=August 2008 accuse of being behind the run-up in crude oil and gasoline pricesFact|date=August 2008. However, Senate Republicans strongly opposed the bill, arguing the legislation should be modified to also boost U.S. oil production by allowing more offshore drilling and developing vast oil shale fields in the West. [Tom Doggett, [ "Senate energy speculation bill fails key vote,"] "Reuters," accessed via "The Washington Post" on July 25, 2008.]


* Donny Shaw, [ "Congress Takes on the Oil Specualtors,"] Gossip Blog, July 9, 2008

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