Protecting Our Climate and the Middle Class

August 4, 2014
Two of the most pressing issues facing us today are the need to address the economic costs and public health risks associated with climate change and strengthening the middle class. Over...
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Examining The FERC-NERC Relationship & Setting Grid Reliability Standards

July 16, 2014
Through the Energy Policy Act of 2005, Congress formed a hybrid system for setting electric grid reliability and security standards; a private corporation, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC),...
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A Standard That Makes Sense for Natural Gas Vehicle Customers

July 7, 2014
There is currently no national standard for dispensing liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a motor fuel. In July, the National Conference of Weights and Measures (NCWM) will consider requiring retail...
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Obama’s EPA to Cost Americans Billions of Dollars and Hundreds of Thousands of Jobs

June 2, 2014
As Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, I’m continuing the fight against President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) overregulation of our nation’s power plants without any regard...
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Where Can Environmental Policies Enable Efficiency and Profits?

April 24, 2014
When we think of environmental policies that impact business, we don’t often think of increased profits. Too often the private sector is positioned at odds with efforts to address environmental...
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Simplifying the Energy Tax Code

February 3, 2014
As part of his efforts to comprehensively reform the tax code, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) released a staff discussion draft on December 18, 2013 that proposed a...
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The Economic Impacts of Eliminating Coal from Our Energy Portfolio

January 16, 2014
Earlier this week, H.R. 3826, the "Electricity Security and Affordability Act," which I co-authored with Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), advanced through the House Energy and Power Subcommittee, by a vote...
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Should the Crude Oil Export Ban Be Lifted?

December 19, 2013
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz recently acknowledged that it may be time to lift the ban on exporting crude oil, a comment that elicited a flurry of support and opposition toward...
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Should States Defer to Utility Companies or Initiate Their Own Mandatory Grid Reliability Upgrades?

December 12, 2013
At the December 6, 2013 Dupont Summit Conference of the Infragard EMP-SIG, presenters highlighted technologies and policy recommendations aimed at protecting the electric grid against potentially catastrophic events, such as...
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Our Nuclear Waste Disposal Problem

December 5, 2013
Since the development of the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository was terminated in 2011, no long-term plan for storing spent nuclear fuel accumulating at nuclear power plants has been developed....
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