Three senior House Republicans, including Energy and Commerce chair Rep. Fred Upton, have sent a letter to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, demanding to know whether his department was planning any use for Yucca Mountain other than accepting nuclear waste, E&E reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled Congress approved a bill Wednesday to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, setting up a confrontation with President Barack Obama, who has threatened to veto the measure.
The House voted 270-152 to send the bill to the president, endorsing changes made by the Senate that stated climate change was real and not a hoax, and oil sands should no longer be exempt from a tax used to cleanup oil spills. Only one Republican voted against the measure.
Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton on Monday previewed a legislative agenda that he said would lead to a "solutions-focused" package of energy bills that will be taken up by the Republican-led House later this year.
The agenda would target four areas he said will build on the domestic oil and gas boom: Pipeline infrastructure, minority workforce development, "energy diplomacy" -- including exports -- and energy efficiency.
Republicans in Congress got scant support from the Government Accountability Office in a new report released Wednesday for their claims the Obama administration has pursued a "sue-and-settle" strategy to justify new regulations on industry.
In the Dec. 15 report, originally requested in 2013 by three prominent House Republicans, GAO said seven settlements from 2008 to 2013 of Clean Air Act suits had only "limited" impact on agency rulemaking.
Committee chairs like Energy and Commerce chief Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., would be able to issue subpoenas for documents and witnesses without consulting the ranking Democrats on their panels – as Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., did in the last Congress -- under changes being considered for the new session, Politico reports.
The Republican leaders of House and Senate energy committees on Monday put new pressure on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, as they seek to push the regulator to take a watchdog role with regard to the Obama administration's power plants carbon rule.
In letters, they called on the four sitting members -- other than Chairman Cheryl LaFleur -- to explain whether they or their staffs advised the Environmental Protection Agency on the electricity reliability impacts of the pending rule.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission follows some, but not enough, of best practices when it comes to costing rules it proposes, according to an analysis from the Government Accountability Office which was made public by Sen. David Vitter, R-La. and Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., The Hill reports.
Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. and chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, will likely make swift moves to get legislation on the Keystone XL pipeline and energy efficiency going through the new congress, and his “Architecture of Abundance” strategy revealed over the summer could provide further clues to his thinking, Roll Call reports.
The Republican leaders of two energy committees in Congress on Monday called on federal grid regulators to bring in the Energy Department, utilities and state regulators to delve into potential electricity shortfalls stemming from the Obama administration's planned power plants carbon rule.
In a letter to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Cheryl LaFleur, the three lawmakers said she should quickly hold a technical conference on the impact of the Environmental Protection Agency rule, following a Dec. 1 agency comment deadline.
Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. and chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, dodged the bullet of a last-minute blitz of outside money to win re-election, promising to work for affordable energy prices, The Hill reports.
An apparent end to the relentless slide in oil prices, replaced by day-to-day volatility, has made the option of storing crude in tankers for future resale less attractive, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Predicted higher oil demand in China helped boost prices early Friday, although persistent growth in U.S. stockpiles has helped widen the divide between the domestic and international benchmarks. West Texas Intermediate crude for April delivery gained 78 cents to $48.95 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent jumped 92 cents to $60.97, Reuters reports.
Striking United Steelworkers refinery workers told the Los Angeles Times they are exhausted by long hours and stress caused by bare bones staffing and the use of contractors unfamiliar with equipment that operate at high temperatures and high pressure.
With former Obama administration climate adviser John Podesta expected to run Hillary Clinton’s anticipated 2016 presidential campaign, the former Secretary of State will likely be in a strong position to attract environmental support, according to E&E.
A secession movement is gaining traction in economically-strapped New York towns along the Pennsylvania border, following Albany’s decision to ban fracking. The communities are frustrated they won't be able to take advantage of their position atop the gas-rich Marcellus Shale, The Economist reports.
In a bid to prop up its struggling nuclear power plants, Exelon Corp. is backing legislation introduced in the Illinois legislature to reward producers of low-carbon energy, a measure attacked by consumer advocates, The Associated Press reports.
U.S. coal production for the week ending Feb. 21 fell to an estimated 16.5 million short tons, down from the previous week and the year-ago period, according to Energy Information Administration data. Platts reports the drop could be attributed to the Presidents’ Day holiday and snowy weather that affected rail coal loading.