House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., made fresh calls for an end to the nation's crude oil export ban but said the policy won't be lifted this year as lawmakers need time to ask the proper questions and move on legislation, Bloomberg reports.
House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., used the podium at an Energy Information Administration conference to call for a U.S. energy policy that focuses on taking advantage of surging energy development rather than scarcity-driven policies, The Hill reports.
House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., and Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., in a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, threatened a subpoena over agency documents related to proposed limits on carbon emissions from power plants, Reuters reports.
An E&E analysis of lawmakers' Personal Financial Disclosures for 2013 found that while many sitting on energy-related committees hold a stake in energy companies, few made significant changes to their portfolios last year.
While the Senate remains tied up in partisan knots over energy bills, the Republican-led House is set this week to take up legislation highlighting their support for expanded oil drilling, natural gas exports and the Keystone XL pipeline.
The GOP push comes as lawmakers from both chambers head home Friday to face voters during a weeklong July 4th recess, and as national average gasoline prices hover near $3.70 a gallon. That relatively high price has prompted Republicans to intensify their appeals to voters on domestic energy.
Oil production from federal lands and waters rose slightly last year, but a falloff in other fossil fuel output drove total fossil energy production down by 7 percent, updated figures from the Energy Department show.
In an annual report on federal fossil fuel sales issued late Thursday, the Energy Information Administration said oil production from federal leases increased, but by less than 1 percent, to 606 million barrels.
Houston Rep. Gene Green, D-Tex., says the current process for getting international projects like pipelines approved makes no sense anymore, which is why he and Energy and Commerce chair Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., are pushing a bill to streamline it, FuelFix reports.
There would be a time limit on government consideration of oil pipelines that cross international borders, under a measure approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee Thursday that chair Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., called "a targeted solution to lessons learned from Keystone," The Hill reports.
Finding solar imports from China and Taiwan were being sold too cheaply on the U.S. market, the Commerce Department has imposed a new round of duties, more than doubling for some Chinese products while Taiwanese producers face having to pay an extra 44 percent, Reuters reports.
The proposed Environmental Protection Agency rule limiting carbon emissions from power plants includes an incentive for development of regional systems for carbon trading, and top air regulators from Western states held a closed-door meeting last week to discuss the idea, Bloomberg reports.
A district court has rejected a ban on fracking imposed by the city of Longmont, in a ruling celebrated by the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, but a coalition of environmental groups says it will appeal, E&E reports.
Pemex said it lost more than $4 billion in the second quarter on higher costs and taxes, despite an increase in revenue, Reuters reports, noting that the Mexican state-run oil company anticipates 2014 will see its lowest output in more than 20 years.
Representatives from the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management were not invited to a House Natural Resources Subcommittee hearing Thursday where complaints were aired about their “bullying” tactics across the West, most recently in New Mexico, where ranchers charge their water rights are being violated by moves to erect fences to protect the habitat of the meadow jumping mouse, E&E reports.
At the current rate of work, it would take 30 years to repair and replace utilities’ aging natural gas pipelines around the country, but compressing that to 10 years would create more than 300,000 jobs and slash methane emissions, according to a report from the BlueGreen Alliance, FuelFix reports.
The U.S. produced more than 149 million gallons of biomass-based diesel in June, up more than 4 million from May, and the six month level was more than 70 million higher compared to last year, according to Environmental Protection Agency data, although average monthly production was down following the expiration of a tax credit at the end of December, Platts reports.
Ontario-based Algonquin Power & Utilities, following a rejection of its bids for Gas Natural, has written to the board warning that it will present its case to the company’s shareholders, Gannett’s Great Falls Tribune reports.