Yesterday, Consumer Energy Alliance President, David Holt (NGP Photo-r,Aves Thompson, David Holt, Consumer Energy Alliance, Alaska Trucking Association, National Energy Plan, Alaska OCS, BOEMRE visiting with Alaska Trucking Association Executive Director Aves Thompson yesterday), told Anchorage talk show host Casey Reynolds, "We need a robust national policy to get the country going in the right direction again."

E&E News (8/10/11) reports: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he will be looking for GOP cooperation to make energy policy a "signature issue" for the Senate this fall…Reid’s comments today that the Senate will focus on job-creation legislation — including energy bills — echo those he made earlier this month before the chamber broke for a four-week recess…"One of the things at the top of the list is energy jobs, and we’re going to try to see if we can get a little cooperation from the Republicans so we can make that one of our signature issues during the next couple of months," Reid told reporters today during a conference call to promote the upcoming National Clean Energy Summit…"I’m disappointed that we haven’t done better," Reid added…But he provided few details about what the energy jobs legislation would look like, and he stayed mum on whether any of it would come from the cache of legislation Sens. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) have pushed through the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee this year…"That’s one of the few committees in the Senate where there has been really outstanding cooperation between the chairman and ranking member," Reid said when asked about the prospect of including the panel’s energy bills in the jobs agenda. "They have some legislation that has been reported out of the committee."…Bingaman indicated last week that he will push Democratic leaders to include some of the 14 reported energy bills as part of the jobs package.