Hearing Notice: Subcommittee on Energy and Power

July 17, 2014

The Subcommittee on Energy and Power, chaired by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), has scheduled a hearing for Thursday, July 24, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing is entitled “Laboratories of Democracy: The Economic Impacts of State Energy Policies.”

This hearing will examine the economic effects of state energy policies as well as the impact of federal polices on states. Energy production is the primary factor driving growth in states with the fastest-growing economies where favorable polices have contributed to this success. On the contrary, states that have blocked energy development continue to struggle. Members and witnesses will explore which polices are creating economic growth and are benefiting the greatest number of people within a state. 

"Our nation is blessed with abundant resources, but President Obama refuses to embrace this reality. We must work to initiate policies that serve the American people, and provide opportunity while maximizing our energy resources in an affordable and reliable manner. This hearing will examine state energy policies to highlight the difference between those which raise energy costs and make us less competitive in the global marketplace, and policies that encompass all-of-the-above energy sources, which drives economic growth,” said Whitfield.


Dr. Paul Polzin, Director Emeritus of Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana

Tom Tanton, Director of Science and Technology Assessment for Energy and Environment Legal Institute

Fred Siegel, Senior Fellow at Manhattan Institute

Dr. Bernard Weinstein, Associate Director Maguire Energy Institute at the Cox School of Business, Southern Methodist University

Steve Clemmer, Director of Energy Research & Analysis, Union of Concerned Scientists

Steve Nadel, Executive Director, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

The Majority Memorandum, a witness list, and witness testimony will be available here as they are posted.