HBW Resources #Energy & #Politics Daily Intelligence Brief

Wednesday in Washington: 


Green In Washington:
 
Both the House and the Senate are in session today.  The House will take up the rule laying out the consideration of H.R. 2410,the FY 2014 Agriculture Appropriations Bill; H.R. 1613, the Outer Continental Shelf Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreements Authorization Act; and H.R. 2231, the Offshore Energy and Jobs Act.  The Senate continues on its path towards approval of comprehensive immigration reform legislation while leaders consider options to deal with the July 1 doubling of student loan rates.  Yesterday, the Senate confirmed Penny Pritzker to be the next Secretary of Commerce by a vote of 97-1.
 
The President’s Climate Action Plan: President Obama’s “Climate Action Plan” seeks to advance the Administration’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the range of 17 percent below 2005 levels while also requiring and encouraging greater resiliency programs to account for the effects of climate change domestically and encouraging other countries to pursue similar efforts. The President’s 21-page plan is organized into three categories: Cutting Carbon Pollution, Preparing for Impacts of Climate Change, and Leading International Efforts to Address Climate Change. A complete summary of the plan prepared by HBW’s Vice President of Policy, Natalie Joubert, can be viewed here.
 
Other Items of Interest:
 
Forsgren Environmental Report:  The Forsgren Environmental Report is another intelligence offering from HBW Resources detailing federal environmental policy and regulation with particular emphasis on the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, the Oil Pollution Act, and issues related to the Army Corps of Engineers.
 
National Academy of Sciences Confirms Safety of Keystone XL Pipeline:  The House Energy and Commerce Committee announced that the National Academy of Sciences had released its study on “Effects of Diluted Bitumen on Crude Oil Transmission Pipelines.”  The report was required as part of the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty and Jobs Creation Act of 2011. The report found no evidence that diluted bitumen, the type crude oil that would flow through the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, is more likely to contribute to pipeline failures or corrosion.
 
OCS Governors Coalition Urge Passage of H.R. 1613 and H.R. 2231:  The Outer Continental Shelf Governors Coalition sent a letter to the Speaker of the House John Boehner and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi urging passage of the Offshore Energy and Jobs Act and the OCS Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreements Authorization Act.  The OCS Governors Coalition is Chaired by Governor Parnell of Alaska and includes the Governors of Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina, Virginia, and North Carolina.
 
EIA Says Average Residential Electricity Bills Expected At Lowest Levels in Four Years:  The Energy Information Administration announced their projections based on the EIA’s June Short-Term Energy Outlook which predicts 2.5% decrease from last summer.
 
Important Hearings and Events:
 
RFF Hosts Discussion on the Carbon Tax:  Today at 9 AM at 1616 P Street, NW, Resources for the Future (RFF) will hold a seminar on “The Role of a Carbon Tax in Tax Reform and Deficit Reduction.” Kevin Hassett, director of economic policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute; Donald Marron, director of economic policy initiatives at the Urban Institute; Gilbert Metcalf, professor of economics at Tufts University; Dallas Burtraw, senior fellow at RFF; Jared Carbone, nonresident fellow at RFF; Richard Morgenstern, senior fellow at RFF; and Rob Williams, senior fellow at RFF, will participate.
 
Interim Storage Workshop:  Today and tomorrow at the Crystal Gateway Mariott in Arlington, VA, the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM) and the U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council (USNIC) will hold a workshop titled “2021 – DOE’s Proposed Pilot Interim Storage Project,” June 26-27.
 
Budget Committee Meeting on America’s Energy Revolution:  Today at 10 AM in 210 Cannon, the House Budget Committee will hold a full committee hearing on “America’s Energy Revolution: A New Path to Jobs and Economic Growth.” Martin Durbin, president and CEO of America’s Natural Gas Alliance; and John Larson, vice president for economics and country risk at IHS, will testify.

DOI and USGS To Release Detailed Carbon Sequestration Assessment:  Today at 11 AM the DOI and USGS will hold a conference call to release their findings.  Researchers are investigating the potential of carbon sequestration to help reduce and mitigate carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to climate change. The most common method of geologic carbon storage involves pressurizing carbon dioxide gas into a liquid and then injecting it into subsurface rock layers for long-term storage. Based on present-day geologic and hydrologic knowledge of the subsurface and current engineering practices, the USGS assessment reported on technically accessible carbon storage capacity in 36 sedimentary basins around the nation. The teleconference is open to credentialed media representatives by calling 1-888-957-9867 and entering access code: INTERIOR.
 
House Holds Oversight Hearing on RFS:  On June 26th at 1:30 PM in 2123 Rayburn, the House Energy and Commerce Committee Energy and Power Subcommittee will hold a hearing entitled: “Overview of the Renewable Fuel Standard: Government Perspectives.”
 
House Committee to Evaluate Consumer Benefits of PMAs:  On June 26th at 2 PM in 1324 Longworth, the House Natural Resources Committee Water and Power Subcommittee will hold a hearing on “The Power Marketing Administrations: A Ratepayer Perspective.”
 
Member of the Day:  US Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC)

 
 
Committee Assignments:  Natural Resources, Foreign Affairs, and Homeland Security
 
Contacts:
Chief of Staff: Lance Williams
Legislative Director: Joshua Gross
Energy LA: Caleb Paxton
Twitter: @RepJeffDuncan
 
Experience:  Rep. Jeff Duncan is a 1988 graduate of Clemson University where he played football for Coach Danny Ford. Before being elected to Congress, he served as President and CEO of J. Duncan Associates, a South Carolina based, family owned real estate marketing firm which specialized in statewide real estate auctions. He was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2002, and was named Chairman of the House Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Committee in 2007. Rep. Duncan is a strong advocate for energy independence and served on the US Department of the Interior’s Outer Continental Shelf’s 5 year Planning Sub-Committee for making recommendations on oil and natural gas leases on offshore areas. In addition, he served on the state’s Natural Gas Offshore Drilling Study Committee and was appointed to represent the state of South Carolina on the Southern States Energy Board. He was elected to Congress in 2010.
 
Importance:  Rep. Duncan has experience at the local, state, and federal levels dealing with energy policies and his position on the House Natural Resources Committee provides him with the opportunity to help craft energy policies allowing greater access to domestic natural resources, both onshore and offshore.  He is a strong supporter of expanded revenue sharing and conducting oil and gas lease sales off the coast of South Carolina.  He is the lead sponsor of H.R. 1613, the Outer Continental Shelf Transboundary Hydrocarbons Agreements Act.  He will play a key role in helping push expanded offshore development in the 113th Congress.
 
If you have any questions, please give me a call anytime. Previous updates and Member profiles can be reviewed at: http://www.mzehrhbw.wordpress.com  Hope you have a great day!
 
Thanks,
 
Michael Zehr
HBW Resources
1666 K Street, NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20006
Direct: 202-429-6081
Cell: 202-277-3927
E-mail: mzehr@hbwresources.com
Twitter: @mzehrhbw

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