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.
The re-election contest for Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. and chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is attracting last-minute money -- including some from the American Future Fund for an ad extolling his support for the Keystone XL pipeline -- as polling indicates his race against Democrat Paul Clements is a tight one, The Hill reports.
If Democrats make a good showing on Election Day against Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. and chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, it would give them a boost toward winning the seat in two years’ time, National Journal reports.
Mike Bloomquist, the lead counsel for the GOP majority on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is leaving to work for lobbying firm Kountoupes Denham, with panel chair Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., thanking him for his contributions, The Hill reports.
Oil was mixed Friday, with an estimate of a stockpile build in Cushing sending West Texas Intermediate crude down 49 cents to $45.83 a barrel on the Nymex, while the death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah pushed Brent 47 cents higher to $48.99, Reuters reports.
Hit by the slump in oil prices, contractor Hercules Offshore is retiring five more Gulf of Mexico rigs, a second round of such action, and also is taking $117 million in fourth quarter write-offs, FuelFix reports.
A draft final report from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board into the fire at a Chevron refinery in Richmond more than two years ago –- to be presented at a public meeting next week -- blames problems with regulations, the company’s safety culture and also its emergency response crews, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Even though GOP leaders like Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla. and new chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, say they would be willing to look at reform of the Clean Air Act, such an overhaul would be a long shot at best, say lobbyists and industry figures, E&E reports.
The U.S. is a few years away from President Obama’s goal of seeing 1 million electric vehicles on the road, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz told The Detroit News in an interview, saying the costs are still too high.
On a visit to the X-Games in Colorado, Gina McCarthy joined Olympic snowboarders to highlight the danger climate change poses to winter sports and the mountain towns that host them, the Aspen Daily News reports.
The U.S. special representative for the Arctic, Adm. Robert Papp, says he has discussed with Disney using characters from the movie Frozen to educate the public about the dangers climate change poses to the Arctic, National Journal reports.
A compromise about burying parts of the SunZia transmission line between New Mexico and Arizona underneath part of the White Sands Missile Range has led to a formal agreement about the project, to be announced Saturday by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, the Albuquerque Journal reports.
Legislation being discussed in Vermont would discourage the practice of utilities collecting renewable energy credits for reducing fossil fuel use and then selling them on to firms out of state, the Burlington Free Press reports.