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MSC Statement for Congressional Record; U.S. House of Representatives, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources Hearing

February 27, 2012 Library, Studies, Reports Presentations
MSC Statement for Congressional Record; U.S. House of Representatives, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources Hearing

Gas group taps former Senate aide for lobbying role

The American Gas Association (AGA) has tapped George Lowe, a former aide to Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and the late Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), for a senior lobbying position.

Lowe will be vice president of federal affairs for the group, which represents natural-gas utilities.

“As our national political leaders examine the changing energy landscape, George will help […]

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Salazar: No study yet on proposed NOAA move

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar isn’t interested in busy work.

He said Wednesday that Interior hasn’t yet studied how to implement the Obama administration proposal to move the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration into his department because Congress has yet to provide the authority for the transfer.

“There are synergies that could be developed if there was such […]

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Bingaman to unveil ‘clean energy standard’ Thursday

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) will introduce legislation Thursday mandating that power companies generate a major portion of the country’s electricity from low-carbon energy sources.

Bingaman has spent months crafting the “clean energy standard” behind closed doors, mulling various scenarios outlined in a report he requested from the Energy Information Administration, […]

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Bernanke: Policymakers have few short-term options to lower gas prices

U.S. policymakers have few options to significantly lower gas prices in the short term, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told a House committee Wednesday.

Bernanke, testifying before the House Financial Services Committee, said market fears stemming from supply disruptions in Iran are the main cause of high gas prices.

“So I think the best thing we could […]

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Rogers rips EPA chief over coal permits

The powerful Republican head of the House Appropriations Committee got rough with President Obama’s environmental chief over the Environmental Protection Agency’s coal mine permitting process on Wednesday.

The wood-paneled committee hearing room suddenly seemed like a small-town courtroom as Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) turned prosecutorial on EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.

At one point, after Jackson fumbled […]

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Sen. Inhofe: Climate change theories relying on ‘rigged’ data

The senator said proponets of climate change were using the theory as an excuse to redistribute wealth in the U.S.

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) denounced claims that the earth is experiencing human-induced global warming on Wednesday, accusing proponents of using “rigged” data and claiming the theory was an excuse to redistribute wealth in the U.S.

Inhofe made […]

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Worried Dems pressing Obama on gas prices

Congressional Democrats are ramping up pressure on President Obama to tap the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to prevent rising gas prices from threatening the economy and their election-year prospects.

They are growing anxious that the price of fuel could reverse their political fortunes, which had been improving due to signs of growth in the economy.

Republicans have […]

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MSC Letter to EPA on Recent Shale Gas Development, Hydraulic Fracturing Actions

February 28, 2012 Letters, Library
MSC Letter to EPA on Recent Shale Gas Development, Hydraulic Fracturing Actions

White House dismisses GOP plan on gas prices as an ‘empty promise’

White House press secretary Jay Carney took aim Tuesday at House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) plan to tackle high gas prices, calling it an “empty promise.”

Boehner blamed President Obama earlier Tuesday for rising prices at the pump with his administration’s energy prices, and reiterated long-time GOP calls for a dramatic expansion of domestic oil-and-gas drilling, […]

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