Tuesday in Washington:
On To The Debates:
The House and Senate are in session today. The House will work through a number of bills under suspension while the House Rules Committee meets to debate how to bring the FY2014 Defense Authorization (H.R. 1960) and the Swap Jurisdiction Certainty Act (H.R. 1256) to the floor. The Senate passed its version of the Farm Bill (S. 954) yesterday by a vote of 66-27. The House may take up its version of the Farm Bill (H.R. 1947) as early as next week. The Senate will now move on to consideration of Immigration Reform legislation (S. 744).
In other news, Jeff Chiesa (R-NJ) was sworn in as a U.S. Senator today and will serve until his replacement is elected in a special election to be held this October. On the appropriations front, overall spending limits in the Senate are expected to be determined this week and markups of the individual bills may begin as early as next week. The nominees to run both the Department of Commerce and the Department of Transportation were passed out of the Senate Commerce Committee clearing the way for their consideration by the full Senate.
Other Items of Interest:
EIA Says Shale Resources Abundant Globally: The Energy Information Administration released information showing that estimated shale oil and shale gas resources in the United States and in 137 shale formations in 41 other countries represent 10% of the world’s crude oil and 32% of the world’s natural gas technically recoverable resources. Outside the United States, these shale plays are mainly concentrated in four other countries: Russia, China, Libya, and Argentina.
IER Reports Fossil Fuel Production on Federal Lands at 10 Year Low: The Institute for Energy Research released an analysis of EIA data showing that production of fossil fuels on federal lands is at a ten year low. The analysis also found that overall fossil fuel production on federal lands in 2012 was down 4% from production in 2011. Crude oil and lease condensate production on federal lands fell 18% from 2010 to 2012. Finally, natural gas production on federal lands in 2012 was down 7% from 2011.
Bipartisan Pair of Congressman Urge Wilderness Designation for ANWR: Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick wrote a letter to DOI Secretary Jewell urging the swift approval of the Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, including a recommendation that the coastal plain be designated as a wilderness area. The Congressmen hope the designation will help stop any plans of surveying of the area’s natural resource wealth and permanently put the area off limits to energy production.
IEA Urges Action to Limit Global Carbon Emissions Cites U.S. As Rare Bright Spot: The International Energy Agency’s The World Energy Outlook Special Report, Redrawing the Climate-Energy Map highlights challenges facing the planet as a result of increased carbon emissions and makes specific recommendations for policy actions to reduce carbon emissions. The report notes that the shale revolution in the United States has contributed to the U.S. reducing its carbon emissions to mid-90’s levels even while global carbon emissions rose by 1.4 percent last year. It speculates that this conversion may not be sustainable as gas prices increase.
Important Hearings and Events:
CSIS Hosts Discussion on Global Energy Trends: Today at 10AM, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) will host a discussion on recent global energy trends, including the rise of shale gas and other energy sources. John Watson, chairman and CEO of Chevron Corporation; and Frank Verrastro, senior vice president at CSIS, will lead the discussion. You can register for this eventhere.
House Natural Resources Committee Hold Second Hearing on Offshore Energy Bill: Today at 11AM in 1224 Longworth, the House Natural Resources Committee Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee will hold its second hearing on H.R. 2231, the Offshore Energy and Jobs Act. Additional information on the legislation and the hearing can be found here.
Observations from Water World to Titanic in the Senate Commerce Committee: Today at 2:30PM in 253 Russell, the Senate Commerce Committee Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard Subcommittee will hold a hearing on “Deep Sea Challenge: Innovative Partnerships in Ocean Observation.” James Cameron, filmmaker; Susan Avery, director of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; Ed Page, executive director of the Alaska Marine Exchange; and Jan Newton, senior principle oceanographer in the University of Washington’s Applied Physics Laboratory, will testify. Additional information about the hearing can be reviewed here.
New Member of the Day: US Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY)
Committee Assignments: House Financial Services
Chief of Staff: Betsy Hawkings
Legislative Director: David Stern
Experience: Rep. Garland “Andy” Barr is a 1992 graduate of Henry Clay High School. In 1996, he graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Philosophy. From 1996 through 1998, he served as a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Congressman Jim Talent (R-MO). He graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2001. He served as General Counsel to former Gov. Ernie Fletcher. Prior to winning his seat, he served as an attorney and part time instructor at Morehead State University where he taught Constitutional Law and Administrative Law. In 2010, Barr was the Republican nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives in Kentucky’s Sixth Congressional District losing by one of the closest margins of any race that year. In 2012, he won the rematch by more than 12,000 votes.
Importance: In November 2012, Rep. Barr defeated incumbent Democrat US Rep. Ben Chandler in a rematch of one of the closest races of 2010. Rep. Chandler, grandson of former KY Governor Albert Benjamin “Happy” Chandler, had been viewed as one of the most capable Democrats in a state that had shifted from Democratic control to Republican majority over the last few years. Rep. Barr ran on a platform of small government, supporting cuts to federal spending, taxes and regulations. Coal issues featured in his race against Chandler, successfully tying the President’s carbon emissions policies to the incumbent. He is one of just a handful of members where “War on Coal” slogan proved a benefit. In addition to supporting coal, Rep. Barr supports for lifting restrictions on domestic oil and gas production, including offshore and in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. As a Member of the Financial Services Committee, he is expected to advocate for the repeal of the Dodd-Frank financial industry regulation law.
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