WASHINGTON A Senate committee on Wednesday approved an energy bill that would open large tracts of the Gulf of Mexico to oil and gas drilling and provide federal loan guarantees for a gas pipeline project in Alaska The measure, which cleared the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on a 15-to-8 vote, would also require utilities to produce up to 15 percent of electricity from renewable sources like wind and solar power by 2021. That standard is somewhat weaker than one in a House energy and climate change bill that is headed for a floor vote as early as next week. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/18/us/politics/18energy.html PIKETON - A hunger for jobs has many in Piketon looking forward to the promise of a nuclear power plant being located on Department of Energy land. Although the creation of jobs - an estimated 4,000 construction and construction support positions over the next decade and 400 to 700 permanent jobs upon completion of the project - wouldn't make an immediate impact, the promise is encouraging to an area that was suffering high unemployment rates and economic problems long before the current economic recession. Residents react to news of plans for nuclear plant (video) | chillicothegazette.com | Chillicothe Gazette This is another of these issues along with healthcare that is going to generate a lot of debate in the comming months , but it's good to see that Congress is at least open to the Idea not to limit the resources of this country all in the name of "envirobusiness"