Toothpaste and other personal care items that contain synthetic microbeads would be banned under legislation introduced by House Energy and Commerce Chair Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. and Ranking Member Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., who are concerned about the effect of the microbeads on bodies of water such as the Great Lakes, National Journal reports.
A House committee on Wednesday advanced a bill that would give states an avenue to opt out of complying with forthcoming regulations to cut power plant carbon emissions. Democrats on the panel complained that it represented a “just say no” and “climate change denial” policy.
The Ratepayer Protection Act, introduced by Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., focuses on the Environmental Protection Agency's rule for existing plants, which, when finalized, will require each state to file its own plan for meeting emissions reductions goals or face imposition of a federal plan. The bill would allow governors to opt out the filing requirement - and the federal plan - if, in consultation with state environmental and utility regulators, they deem it would threaten reliability or have an adverse effect on electricity rates.
A rare note of bipartisanship emerged Tuesday in response to the first-ever Quadrennial Energy Review, in which the Obama administration proposes billions in new investments and programs aimed at updating and strengthening the expansive and aging U.S. energy infrastructure network.
Though often at odds with Obama administration energy policy, key Republicans indicated that the infrastructure focus of the report offers a chance for “common ground” for legislation to modernize energy transmission, storage and distribution systems.
A group of House lawmakers on Wednesday urged Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to give updates on the department’s emergency stockpile of crude oil, saying the shift in U.S. energy markets makes proper maintenance of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve more crucial than ever.
In a letter, House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., Ranking Member Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J. and other committee members pressed Moniz on a number of questions about the SPR and what the department is doing to make sure it is optimized for the current energy market.
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.
A measure sponsored by Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., which would speed up the permitting process for pipelines and other energy infrastructure, is set for a markup Wednesday in the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, E&E reports.
Seven plastics manufacturers declared their inability to complete plastics contracts in the first quarter, citing "force majeure", affecting 19 percent of Europe's polymer capacity - and that's sent prices soaring, Platts reports.
Technology improvements that reduce line losses – electricity that’s lost in transmission – could make it easier for states to reach goals set in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, E&E reports.
A Federal Emergency Management Agency policy set to take effect next year -- which requires states to factor climate change into their disaster planning in order to become eligible for grants -– has drawn fire from Senate Republicans, who’ve written to FEMA Administrator W. Craig Fugate, The Hill reports.
By sending text alerts when smog pollution is at high levels, the Sierra Club says it’s doing its part to help asthma sufferers, but the environmental group is also encouraging people to support a proposal to lower permitted ozone levels, The Hill reports.
The criticism of the fracking industry from David Einhorn of Greenlight Capital has had a wide-ranging effect on shares in a number of energy companies, some only tangentially related to fracking, including Denbury Resources Inc. and Chesapeake Energy Corp., The Wall Street Journal reports.
Two workers died in an accident that left an offshore maintenance rig listing, according to Mexican oil company Pemex, which added that its production from the Abkatun-Pol-Chuc field had not been affected, FuelFix reports.