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Two energy efficiency bills introduced last year received bipartisan support in the House and Senate, but received limited attention at the time. The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of...
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Full Title: n/a Author(s): L. Jackson Publisher(s): United States Environmental Protection Agency Publication Date: 3/2010 Identifier(s): n/a Language: English Length:  4 pages, PDF Full Text: -->DOWNLOAD FILE<-- Murkowski's Letter: -->POSTING<-- Description (excerpt): Jackson addresses industry and policy concerns over EPA move to regulated GHG emitters. (excerpts): I...
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Full Title: Are Partisanship and Industry Influence Compromising the Mission of the House Committee on Science? Author(s): Yogin Kothari and Lindsey Fong Publisher(s): Union of Concerned Scientists Publication Date: 1/2014 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- It is clear to...
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The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) of 1976 requires the safe disposal of solid waste and hazardous materials.  In 1980, RCRA was amended to exempt waste from the production...
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The high-profile and controversial collapse of Solyndra and Beacon Power has led critics to question the integrity and merit of DOE’s loan guarantee program. Energy Secretary Steven Chu was asked...
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Senate Energy & Natural Resources Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) has introduced the Clean Energy Standard Act of 2012, which would require electric utilities to derive increasing percentages of their supply...
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On March 5th, 68 Congressional Democrats sent a letter to regulators at the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) urging that the agency “immediately enact strong position limits to eliminate excessive...
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Full Title: Cross-Currents: Iranian Oil and the U.S. Export Ban Author(s): U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Publisher(s): U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Publication Date: 06/2015 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description...
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[Note: The statements below are intended solely to stimulate discussion among the Expert community, and do not represent the position of OurEnergyPolicy.org. Text in italics indicates clarification or expansion.] One of...
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[Note: The statements below are intended solely to stimulate discussion among the Expert community, and do not represent the position of OurEnergyPolicy.org. Text in italics indicates clarification or expansion.] Geothermal has...
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Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) has released the 2011 Wastebook, his annual “guide to some of the most wasteful and low priority government spending”. Among the report’s targets is DOE’s Weatherization...
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Along with Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) and Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA), I recently introduced H.Res.762, with which we mean to express “the sense of the House...
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Full Title: Energy Policy: 114th Congress Issues Author(s): Brent D. Yacobucci Publisher(s): Congressional Research Service Publication Date: 09/2016 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): Energy policy in the United States has focused on three major goals: assuring...
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It seems difficult to find areas of consensus on energy policy these days. For example, energy efficiency once received significant bipartisan support. That’s no longer the case. Most agree that energy...
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On a hot day in August 2003, a stretched transmission line tripped after dipping into an overgrown tree in Ohio. Soon after, multiple transmission lines nearby also tripped beginning what...
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Yesterday House Speaker John Boehner announced that H.R. 7, The American Energy & Infrastructure Jobs Act, will be put to a vote in “the coming weeks and months”. H.R. 7...
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Full Title: Act to extend certain tax relief provisions enacted in 2001 and 2003, and to provide for expedited consideration of a bill providing for comprehensive tax reform, and for...
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Note: Synopsis based on review of draft legislation as well as Congressional committee and media summaries. Synopsis intended solely for purposes of generating discussion. Key Provisions of H.R. 910, the Energy...
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H.R. 2842, the Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act of 2011, has been referred to the House of Representatives. The bill, introduced by Rep. Scott...
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House leadership is planning a vote this week on a bill to expand leasing for offshore drilling, the “Congressional Replacement of President Obama's Energy-Restricting and Job-Limiting Offshore Drilling Plan” (H.R....
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The House Armed Services Committee’s newly proposed 2013 Pentagon budget contains a provision that would prevent the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) from purchasing alternative fuels, largely in the form...
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A recent hearing of the Energy and Power Subcommittee discussed the regulatory, market and legal barriers to exporting Coal and LNG.  Critical issues were the length of time associated with...
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Section 1603 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was designed to attract private investors to renewables projects by offering investors a cash reimbursement equal to and in lieu of the...
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Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA) has introduced legislation that would put a price on CO2 emissions. Known as the Managed Carbon Price (MCP) Act, the bill is structured more as a...
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Note: Synopsis based on OurEnergyPolicy.org review of Congressional committee and office summaries, third party analyses, and media summaries. Synopsis intended solely for the purposes of generating discussion. Federal Energy Planning Would require...
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Earlier this year, the Obama Administration announced that it would be delaying its decision on the Keystone XL pipeline until after the 2012 election, drawing criticism from some pipeline proponents....
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Last Wednesday, the Obama administration officially denied approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. A rider included by the GOP in the payroll tax plan President Obama signed last month required...
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Full Title: n/a Author(s): W. Reilly (Co-Chair), J. Rowe(Co-Chair), S. Tierney(Co-Chair) Publisher(s):  National Commission on Energy Policy Publication Date: 7/2009 Identifier(s): n/a Language: English Length: 3 pages, PDF Full Text: -->DOWNLOAD FILE<-- Description (excerpt): The enactment of effective transmission...
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Full Title: n/a Author(s): J. Inslee, et al (Members of the SEEC). Publisher(s):  Sustainable Energy & Environment Coalition Publication Date: 3/2010 Identifier(s): n/a Language: English Length:  7 pages, PDF Full Text: -->DOWNLOAD FILE<-- Description (excerpt): In order to set America on the...
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Between the Solyndra scandal, the disaster at the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, the deliberation over the Keystone XL pipeline, President Obama’s aggressive new CAFE Standards, protests over lighting standards,...
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Note: Synopses taken from Congressional Research Service summaries.  H.R. 1835 & S. 1408 H.R. 1835 S. 1408 Amends the Internal Revenue Code to: allow an excise tax credit through 2027 for alternative fuels...
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President Obama sent his requested FY2013 budget to Congress Monday, and requested, among other energy-related items, significant increases to energy R&D, renewable energy investments, and energy efficiency programs. From the...
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To date, no offshore wind farms have operated in the United States. However, several projects under consideration or development could change that. In February, the federal government completed an environmental review...
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Note: Synopses taken from Congressional Research Service summaries.  H.R. 1476 & S. 835 H.R. 1476 S. 835 Requires each light-duty automobile manufacturer's annual covered inventory to comprise at least: 50% fuel choice-enabling automobiles...
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Full Title: Outlook for United States Energy Policy: Look to the EPA Author(s): Theodore J. Kury Publisher(s): Warrington College of Business Administration Publication Date: 1/2011 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description:  In his state of the union addresses, President Obama has presented...
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The House is planning to vote on the 2013 Energy and Water spending bill, which would authorize $32.1 billion for next year, $87.5 million more than current-year levels, according to...
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Full Title: President Obama's Climate Action Plan: Two Years Later Author(s): Michael Tubman Publisher(s): Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) Publication Date: 06/2015 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): Two years after President Obama announced his...
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The House Energy and Commerce Committee recently released a policy paper entitled “Prosperity at Home and Strengthened Allies Abroad – A Global Perspective on Natural Gas Exports.” Over the past...
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Last week The Economist called attention to growing demand for rare earth minerals, their importance in clean energy technologies, and rising tension over their global supply. Two of these minerals –...
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In the State of the Union President Obama renewed his commitment to the widespread adoption of renewable power as a critical piece of America’s energy and economic future.  In last...
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Last week, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced his energy platform, which emphasizes the goal of U.S. energy independence through increased offshore drilling, particularly in the mid-Atlantic, an “energy partnership”...
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Full Title: n/a Author(s): L. Murkowski Publisher(s): n/a Publication Date: 3/2010 Identifier(s): n/a Language: English Length:  3 pages, PDF Full Text: -->DOWNLOAD FILE<-- Jackson's Response: -->POSTING<-- Description (excerpt): The growing, bipartisan and bicameral opposition to EPA's climate regulations may very well result in legislative...
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A Senate bill that would have cut $24 billion in tax breaks to oil companies over 10 years was blocked by Republicans yesterday. The bill, endorsed by President Obama hours...
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According to a national survey of energy professionals jointly prepared by Sandia National Laboratories and OurEnergyPolicy.org, U.S. energy policy should simultaneously pursue energy supply security, economic outcomes, and minimized environmental...
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In his 2011 State of the Union address, President Obama proposed a Clean Energy Standard (CES) requiring that 80 percent of the nation’s electricity come from clean energy resources by...
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When last we joined hands around the ourenergypolicy.org campfire, roasting s’mores and singing songs of camaraderie, we told tales of one particular monster of the dark, to wit, the Obama...
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The election is over.  What comes next for energy policy? Some environmentalists have already answered that question by planning a demonstration outside the White House to press President Obama to prevent...
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Transcript: "Economics of America's Oil Dependence" Opening Remarks: WILLIAM SQUADRON, President, OurEnergyPolicy.org REPRESENTATIVE PETER WELCH (D VT), Co Chair, Congressional Peak Oil Caucus REPRESENTATIVE ROSCOE BARTLETT (R MD), Co Chair Congressional Peak Oil Caucus Panel Speakers: THE HONORABLE...
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Transcript: "Energy Innovation and American Competitiveness" Sponsored by OurEnergyPolicy.org and the Congressional Research & Development Caucus 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3, 2011 B340 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. Opening Remarks: WILLIAM SQUADRON, President, Our...
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As midterm elections quickly approach, questions and predictions continue about which energy issues will garner the most attention over the next two years from Congress and other policymakers and influencers....
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Last week, House and Senate Appropriations Committees approved separate and distinct versions of a Fiscal Year 2013 Energy and Water Development appropriations bill. The legislation sets spending levels for DOE,...
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Despite aggressive requests from the Obama Administration and the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, the House in the most recent appropriations debate made significant efforts to reduce funding for...
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There is an investment vehicle available to oil and natural gas development that is not available to renewable energy resource projects.  There is a current effort in Congress to change...
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Domestic natural gas production continues to expand, while natural gas spot prices are at historic lows. Many utilities are responding to these changing market dynamics by building gas plants or...
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