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Hearing on “Laboratories of Democracy: The Economic Impacts of State Energy Policies,” Subcommittee on Energy and Power (July 24, 2014)
Jul 24, 2014
The Subcommittee on Energy and Power will hold a hearing on Thursday, July 24, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing is entitled “Laboratories of Democracy: The Economic Impacts of State Energy Policies.”
Jun 25, 2014
Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced H.R. 6 on March 6, 2014. As introduced, section 2 of the bill amends section 3(c) of the Natural Gas Act to expand the number of destination countries for LNG exports for which the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is required to deem applications consistent with the public interest and grant them without modification or delay. Under current law, DOE...
Jun 25, 2014
The Republican-led House of Representatives in on track to mark a grim milestone today: the 500th vote on the floor to undermine protection of the environment. In the 112th Congress, the House Republicans voted 317 times for anti-environment positions. In 2013, the anti-environment votes increased by 109 to 426. Today, the House is likely to cast its 500th anti-environment...
Jun 24, 2014
Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) and Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) introduced H.R. 3301 on October 22, 2013. The bill, as introduced, replaces the current procedure and requirements to obtain a presidential permit for construction of transboundary oil or natural gas pipelines and electric transmission lines. The bill’s new approval process effectively requires approval of all transboundary...
Jun 24, 2014
On June 24, 2014, the House considered H.R. 3301. After an hour of general debate, three Democratic amendments were offered: Rep. Pallone: The amendment ensures that the complete length of cross-border projects receive a thorough environmental review under NEPA. (Defeated by a roll call vote of 176-233.) Rep. Waxman: The amendment excludes any project with a pending...
Jun 24, 2014
On June 25, 2014, the House passed an amended version of H.R. 6 by a vote of 266-150. As passed by the House, H.R. 6 requires DOE to decide on export applications within 30 days of the completion of the environmental review. Environmental reviews would be complete, but DOE may not have sufficient time to consider the voluminous public comments on the environmental review and weigh the...
May 7, 2014
The Energy and Commerce Committee began a markup on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. The Committee considered the following: • H.R. 3301, the “North American Energy Infrastructure Act;” • H.R. 4342, the “Domain Openness Through Continued Oversight Matters Act of 2014;” and, • H.R. 4572, "a bill to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to extend expiring...
Full Committee Markup of H.R. 2689, the “Energy Savings Through Public-Private Partnerships Act”, H.R. 4092, the “Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act of 2014”, and H.R. 6, the “Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act” (April 29-30, 2014)
Apr 29, 2014
The Energy and Commerce Committee began a markup on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. The Committee considered the following: • H.R. 2689, the “Energy Savings Through Public-Private Partnerships Act”; • H.R. 4092, the “Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act of 2014”; and, • H.R. 6, the “Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act.” On...
Committee Members Raise Concerns about Impact of “Chemicals in Commerce Act” on State Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations
Apr 28, 2014
Today, Ranking Members Henry A. Waxman and Paul D. Tonko sent a letter to Chairman John Shimkus expressing significant concerns about the sweeping preemption language in the latest discussion draft of the Chemicals in Commerce Act. As drafted, the language could jeopardize state or local laws and regulations relating to hydraulic fracturing and the chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing...
Rep. Waxman and Sen. Whitehouse Renew Request for Information on Koch Industries’ Stake in Keystone XL Pipeline
Apr 17, 2014
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse sent a letter to Koch Industries, following up on their letter last month regarding Koch Industries’ financial stake in the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Koch Industries’ Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary Mark Holden replied to the members’ letter last week but failed to provide any of the...
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