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.
The U.S. should go slow on lifting the ban on crude oil exports because the country is still an importer of oil and low prices will keep production levels from rising even if exporting resumes, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz told a House panel Tuesday.
Even so, the chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee said he wants the committee to consider legislation on the ban this year, though he stopped short of a full endorsement.
Reforms to the nation's energy policies and efforts to upgrade infrastructure are set to dominate the agenda on Capitol Hill this week, as both the House and Senate energy committees make progress toward comprehensive energy bills.
Both the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee are working to produce broad legislation. taking on infrastructure bills this week. Chairman Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said last week she was in contact with her counterpart Chairman Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., as their panels move their bills along.
The Department of Energy has awarded $12.2 million to the University of Arkansas and $22.5 million to the University of Illinois Cyber Resilient Energy Delivery Consortium for projects to improve cyber defense technology on the grid and on oil and natural gas infrastructure, the Los Alamos Daily Post reports.
Many states—even a number of those traditionally opposed to cap-and-trade—are in preliminary discussions exploring whether carbon trading should be part of their plans to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, E&E reports.
A projection from the International Energy Agency saying that the oil glut will persist well into next year dragged prices down Tuesday. U.S. benchmark crude lost 44 cents, settling at $46.66 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent fell 62 cents, or 1.2 percent, to $49.24, Reuters reports.
Emerald Oil Inc. says it is $20 million overdrawn after lenders reduced the company’s credit line by 40 percent, so it has entered negotiations with the banks on how to pay back what’s owed, The Wall Street Journal reports.
After problems with platform anchors delayed Chevron’s multibillion dollar Big Foot drilling project in the Gulf of Mexico, the company has towed the platform back to South Texas for servicing and is investigating what went wrong, FuelFix reports.
A lawsuit against Energia Sierra Juarez—a joint U.S.-Mexican wind project that sells all of its output to San Diego Gas & Electric—also names the Department of Energy and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and claims DOE didn’t consider environmental impacts in Mexico before signing off on the deal, KPBS reports.
Joining the Obama administration push to promote the fight against climate change ahead of the U.N. talks in Paris, National Security Adviser Susan Rice told an audience at Stanford University that the “advancing menace” of climate change is the biggest long-term challenge on the planet, Politico reports.
With the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Wats Bar Unit 2 nuclear plant due to come online early next year—construction on it having started in 1972—the Los Angeles Times argues that the facility's history is symbolic of problems in the industry.
Grid operators and utilities will bring their arguments Wednesday to the U.S. Supreme Court against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rule requiring them to offer incentives to customers who cut electricity use during peak demand, E&E reports.