Rep. Lummis: EPA's Carbon Plan Illegal, Hijacks Grid

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Washington, D.C. – The Science, Space, and Technology Committee today convened a hearing to examine the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) approach to implementing a far-reaching plan to reduce U.S. carbon emissions. Chairing the hearing, Energy Subcommittee Chairman Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) made the following statement.

Energy & Commerce: One Month After House Vote, Gardner Urges Senate Action on LNG as Russian Aggression Escalates

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – One month after the House approved H.R. 6, the Domestic Prosperity, and Global Freedom Act, Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) today urged the Senate to take action on liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports to help diminish Russia’s influence and create more jobs at home. With Russian aggression escalating, the need for LNG exports has never been greater, and the United States has an opportunity to help allies in Europe and across the globe. It is time for the Senate to finally act so America can fully utilize its energy abundance to bolster our economy and be a global energy leader.

Natural Resources: Federal Land Managers Intimidation, Bullying Threaten Citizens Rights, Create a Hostile Environment

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulations held an oversight hearing on “Threats, Intimidation and Bullying by Federal Land Managing Agencies.” This hearing continued Committee oversight into bullying by federal land management agencies and federal law enforcement agencies on private, state, and federal lands.

Members Request Ag Department Report on Cost & Feasibility of Lesser Prairie Chicken Conservation Measures

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04), House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (OK-03), and 11 Members of Congress recently sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack asking for a copy of a report, as required by law, on the cost and effectiveness of the Department’s conservation measures for the lesser prairie chicken.

Energy & Commerce Chairman Fred Upton Unveils Energy Policy Vision with Pillars of the Architecture of Abundance

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) today addressed the Energy Information Administration 2014 Energy Conference to share his new vision for America’s energy policy – the Architecture of Abundance. Upton outlined the five pillars needed to construct this new architecture: modernizing infrastructure, maintaining diverse electricity generation, permitting a new manufacturing renaissance, harnessing energy efficiency and innovation, and unleashing energy diplomacy. He described a number of steps the House has already taken toward constructing a 21st century energy policy, and expressed optimism for the future in achieving bipartisan success.

Energy & Commerce Committee Leaders Seek EPA Cooperation in Power Plant Rule Probe

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders today wrote to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy to follow up on the committee’s request for documents and information relating to the agency’s consideration of carbon capture technologies in developing its greenhouse gas emissions standards for new power plants. The committee initially wrote to EPA in March with the request, but the agency has yet to produce the documents and information necessary for congressional oversight.

44 Groups Urge Secretary Kerry to Act on Keystone XL

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Washington, D.C. - Today 44 groups, including business, labor, and consumer organizations, joined together in urging Secretary of State John Kerry to end the delays blocking construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, finish the National Interest Determination process, and grant final approval on the presidential permit. The letter explains that the State Department’s latest excuse for shelving the project – a pending court decision in Nebraska – is unwarranted, stating, “The issue of our national interest will not be affected or changed by the outcome of the Nebraska decision. The Keystone XL Pipeline has been studied longer than any pipeline project in U.S. history.”

Energy & Commerce: America Winning in Oil Production

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WASHINGTON D.C. - Bank of America reports that the U.S. has now eclipsed Saudi Arabia to become the world’s largest oil producer. According to Bloomberg, “U.S. production of crude oil, along with liquids separated from natural gas, surpassed all other countries this year with daily output exceeding 11 million barrels in the first quarter. …”

Bipartisan Western Governors Urge Endangered Species Act Reform and Transparency

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a recent letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Governors John Hickenlooper (D-Colorado) and Brian Sandoval (R-Nevada) eexpressed encouragement regarding the House of Representatives’ efforts to improve and update the Endangered Species Act (ESA), as evidenced most recently by the House Natural Resources Committee’s passage of a package of four ESA-related reform measures. Pointing out the significant species conservation programs and comprehensive and current data provided by states, the Governors noted that the ESA “could be greatly improved through targeted reforms, particularly those that would involve states as full and equal partners in the development of scientific data, analyses and management provisions applied within listing, recovery and de-listing decisions.”

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