The chairs of the House and Senate Energy committees—Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska—have created a joint fundraising committee that is attracting donations from major players in the oil and gas industry, the International Business Times reports.
The House energy reform bill – the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act pushed by Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. – interferes too much in the free market operations of the energy sector, lobbyists for the conservative Heritage Action for America are telling lawmakers, The Hill reports.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee's long-running effort to update the nation's energy policy will head to the floor with little Democratic support—and a warning from the committee's ranking member that it wouldn't pass muster with the White House.
The bill, once touted as a widely bipartisan effort, was approved by a vote of 32-20 at Wednesday's markup, with just three Democrats joining Republicans. The contentious vote occurred just one day after the decision by the committee's chairman, Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., to jettison the bill's original text in favor of a substitute that added a number of provisions that Democrats wouldn't accept.
Ranking member Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., said the move undermined Upton's stated goal of advancing a bipartisan energy bill, adding that it was “totally wrong” to assume that the new language could win President Barack Obama's approval.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee's long effort to advance a broad, bipartisan energy reform package hit a roadblock Tuesday, after late Republican changes to the bill drove the committee’s top Democrat to “strongly oppose” the measure.
At a markup session for the bill, which has been in the works since last summer, ranking member Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., said he couldn’t support the bill, after the chairman -- Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. -- made a number of “significant and controversial changes” hours before the meeting.
Upton on Tuesday released a manager’s amendment that, if adopted, would strike the original text of the bill in favor of his rewrite. The committee plans to vote Wednesday to send the package, which includes measures to update energy infrastructure and promote energy efficiency, to the House floor.
WASHINGTON (AP) — As they prepare to haul Volkswagen officials before Congress, lawmakers are seeking evidence about how VW was able to cheat on emissions tests and how the German automaker was ultimately caught.
The bipartisan leadership of the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent a letter to Volkswagen's CEO Tuesday requesting all documents and communications related to compliance with the Clean Air Act and federal emissions standards. Committee leaders also want documents related to compliance with California's emission standards.
The Environmental Protection Agency has failed to properly manage billions of dollars in grants awarded to states, local governments, tribes and other organizations, completely meeting just 2 of its 17 performance goals between 2009 and 2013, a government watchdog has found.
Republicans used the Government Accountability Office’s report to blast the agency for poor stewardship of taxpayer dollars. But the agency, while agreeing to implement the report’s recommendations, said some of its conclusions went too far and didn’t give EPA enough credit.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee is looking to advance a bill to lift the Commerce Department’s ban on crude oil exports, as well as bipartisan legislation to reform federal energy policy.
The committee on Monday evening announced it will hold markup sessions on the crude export bill from Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, on Wednesday and the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015 on Thursday.
The chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday officially declared his support for ending the Commerce Department's ban on crude oil exports, saying “the time to lift the ban is now."
Chairman Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., saying that significant growth in U.S. oil production had rendered the 40-year-old policy “obsolete," announced that the Energy and Power subcommittee would vote Thursday on a bill by Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, to lift the ban.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal agency that oversees the safety of the nation's pipelines failed to follow through on congressional reforms that could have made a difference in a May break that created the largest coastal oil spill in California in 25 years, a House committee chairman said Tuesday.
In a rare display of agreement on Capitol Hill, Republicans and Democrats on the Energy and Power Subcommittee expressed frustration with inaction by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, which has yet to complete more than a dozen requirements outlined in a 2011 federal law.
A market-based approach for cutting vehicles’ greenhouse gas emissions—which could include mileage-based driver fees or emissions trading—is the goal as Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and the District of Columbia announced an agreement to work together on the issue, Reuters reports.
The last group of creditors has signed onto the Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan from Energy Future Holdings, and the company plans to lay out the settlement plan before a federal judge Wednesday, Reuters reports.
The Carbon Tracker Initiative warned Tuesday that fossil fuel companies could face $2.2 trillion in stranded assets over the next decade if policy changes fueled by climate change fears make their planned oil and natural gas projects uneconomic, Platts reports.
Oil prices jumped more than 2.5 percent Tuesday on fears that escalating Middle East tensions—after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane—would disrupt supplies. U.S. benchmark crude for January delivery gained $1.12, or 2.7 percent, to settle at $42.87 on the Nymex, while in London, Brent was $1.29 higher to $46.12, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The paperwork for the Northeast Energy Direct project—Kinder Morgan's $5 billion pipeline to move natural gas from the Marcellus Shale to the Northeast—has advanced from pre-filing to full application status at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, E&E reports.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other industry groups warn that if the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals doesn't overturn the ruling last December that Teck Metals may be responsible for the cost of cleaning up contamination drifting from its smelter in British Columbia, it could cause “massive liability,” E&E reports.
The Interior Department’s decision to include North Myrtle Beach in studies to determine whether wind leases should be sold off the South Carolina coast has the head of the local Chamber of Commerce excited, The State reports.
Eighty-eight House members, nearly all Republicans, are asking Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky, to make defunding the Environmental Protection Agency’s new water rule a top priority, The Hill reports.