Both the Senate and the House will be in session this week. The President is expected to release his budget this week, which will kick off another round of debates on fiscal policies in the US. The nomination hearings for both Gina McCarthy and Ernest Moniz will be conducted this week. The nomination hearing for McCarthy is expected to be particularly rugged given the EPA’s regulatory agenda. Moniz is expected to be questioned about his ties to the oil and gas industry based on some of the work he did at MIT.
There are also a large number of energy related hearings taking place this week. Below is a run down of a few key hearings we will be monitoring this week:
Moniz Nomination Hearing:
On April 9th, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing is to consider the nomination of Dr. Ernest Moniz to be the Secretary of Energy. Additional information can be found here: http://www.energy.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/hearings-and-business-meetings?ID=aa419f0a-4c25-4d05-980e-9ab889d207f0.
On April 10th, the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade will hold a hearing on “Our Nation of Builders: Powering U.S. Automobile Manufacturing Forward” exploring the factors helping or hurting the American automotive sector’s competitiveness. Additional information can be found here: http://energycommerce.house.gov/hearing/our-nation-builders-powering-us-automobile-manufacturing-forward-0.
Keystone XL Hearing:
On April 10th, the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power will hold a hearing on “H.R. 3, the Northern Route Approval Act.” Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE) authored H.R. 3 to clear away all remaining federal roadblocks preventing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Additional information can be found here: http://energycommerce.house.gov/hearing/hr-3-northern-route-approval-act.
Gina McCarthy Nomination Hearing:
On April 11th, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold a full committee hearing on the nomination of Gina McCarthy to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Additional information can be viewed here: http://www.epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Hearings.Hearing&Hearing_ID=d71fd4b6-ce77-3a98-46a0-fb02b0cae0ed.
Energy Opportunities in Latin America Hearing
On April 11th, the House Foreign Affairs Committee Western Hemisphere Subcommittee will hold a hearing on “Energy Opportunities in Latin America and the Caribbean.” Testifying will be: Carlos Pascual, special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs at the State Department; Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Rooney of the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs; Jorge Pinon, associate director of the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy’s Latin America and the Caribbean Program; Eric Farnsworth, vice president of the Council of the Americas and Americas Society; and David Goldwyn, president and founder of Goldwyn Global Strategies. Additional information can be found here: http://foreignaffairs.house.gov/hearing/subcommittee-hearing-energy-opportunities-latin-america-and-caribbean.
Coal Ash Hearing:
On April 11th, the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy will hold a hearing on a discussion draft of the Coal Ash Recycling and Oversight Act. Additional information and copy of the draft legislation can be viewed here: http://energycommerce.house.gov/hearing/coal-ash-recycling-and-oversight-act-2013.
Nuclear Waste Hearing:
On April 11th, the House Appropriations Committee, Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Subcommittee will hold a hearing on “Oversight Hearing: Nuclear Waste Programs and Strategies.” Those testifying include: Assistant Energy Secretary for Nuclear Energy Peter Lyons; Michael Weber, deputy executive director for Operations for Materials, Waste, Research, State, Tribal, and Compliance Programs at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission; Frank Rusco, director of Natural Resources and Environment-Energy and Science at the Government Accountability Office; Susan Eisenhower, former member of the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future; and Rodney Ewing, chairman of the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board. Additional information can be found here: http://appropriations.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=325997.
Energy Consumers Relief Act Hearing:
April 12, the Subcommittee on Energy and Power will hold a hearing on the Energy Consumers Relief Act. The legislation would help shield Americans from higher energy costs and provide greater transparency by requiring the EPA to submit to Congress an assessment of economic impacts of any rule imposing more than $1 billion in new costs. Additional information and a copy of the draft legislation can be viewed here: http://energycommerce.house.gov/hearing/legislative-hearing-energy-consumers-relief-act-2013.
Other Items of Interest:
New Study Shows EPA Tier 3 Rule Increases Costs & Decreases Fuel Efficiency:
The EPA’s new rule calls for sulfur content of gasoline to be reduced from 30 parts per million to 10 parts per million by 2017. Refiners estimate that the proposed new rules will cost the American motorist as much as an additional 9 cents per gallon because it would require additional hydrotreating equipment to remove sulfur as well as revamps and expansions to existing hydrotreaters to achieve the reduction. The rule also changes the “vehicle certification fuel” to E15, adding additional complexity to the implementation of the rule and existing fuel economy standards. A copy of the report can be viewed here: http://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/2013/04/05/epa-will-increase-gasoline-prices-and-reduce-fuel-economy-in-bid-to-further-reduce-sulfur-in-gasoline/.
HBW Resources Ollison Fracking Report:
HBW Resources’ Bo Ollison monitors and collects information at the state, federal and international levels that could affect the use of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas development. A copy of the most recent edition of the report can be viewed here: http://us6.campaign-archive1.com/?u=1714be82d08a458dd7c357505&id=c2a5d1afeb&e=f89ea1c843.
International Nuclear Policy Conference:
On April 8th and 9th, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP) holds its 2013 International Nuclear Policy Conference. Additional information can be found here: http://carnegieendowment.org/2013/04/09/2013-carnegie-international-nuclear-policy-conference/a78z.
NRDC Conference on Running and Winning on Clean Energy:
On April 9th, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) will hold a news conference to release and discuss a new report, “Running Clean,” a roadmap on “how candidates can and did win on the issues of clean energy, protecting the environment and public health, and conserving our natural resources.” The event will be available via conference call at 888-438-5448.
Brookings Event on US-Alberta Energy Relations and KXL:
On April 9th, the Brookings Institution will hold a discussion on “U.S.-Alberta Energy Relations,” including a look at the Keystone XL pipeline. Presenting will be: Alison Redford, the premier of Alberta; Daniel Yergin, trustee of the Brookings Institution and chairman of Cambridge Energy Research Associates; and Charles Ebinger, senior fellow and director of the Brookings Energy Security Initiative. Additional information can be found here: http://www.brookings.edu.
Carbon Markets Discusssion:
On April 10th, the Center for American Progress (CAP) will hold a discussion on “Going Global? Linking U.S. State Carbon Markets to the World,” focusing on the potential evolution of the U.S. economic and political relationship with the European Union, Australia, and Canada through the linking of carbon markets. Presenting will be: Tom Perriello, president and CEO of the CAP Action Fund; Lars Zetterberg, senior scientist and director of business development at IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute; Laurie Burt, president of Laurie Burt, LLC.; Harinder Sidhu, first assistant secretary of the Adaptation, Science and Communications Division of the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency for the Commonwealth of Australia; Brian Turner, assistant executive officer of the California Air Resources Board; and Rebecca Lefton, senior policy analyst at CAP. Additional information can be found here: http://www.americanprogress.org.
Member of the day: Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ)
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