The Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act (H.R. 1633)
H.R. 1633, the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act of 2011, removes the regulatory uncertainty surrounding EPA’s current and future regulation of rural dust. The legislation passed the House on December 8, 2011 by a bipartisan vote of 268 to 150.
H.R. 1633 would:
Temporarily prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from issuing any new National Ambient Air Quality Standard for coarse particulate matter ("PM10," also known as dust), for at least one year from the date of enactment. Limit EPA regulation of nuisance dust to areas where it...
Upton, Walden Probe FCC on New Spectrum Screen Standards
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) today sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission regarding its decision to revise the spectrum screen after reviewing the AT&T / T-Mobile deal.
The chairmen wrote, "Throughout the 112th Congress, the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology has taken a hard look at the processes of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to ensure that the Commission maintains the highest standard of transparency and predictability in the exercise...
OPINION: Wall Street Journal Editorial "If the Lights Go Out"
The Obama Administration is putting one of our basic needs at risk--our ability to keep the lights on. President Obama's Environmental Protection Agency is proposing costly new regulations on America's power sector that could have widespread impacts on the reliability of our electric grid. Analyses have projected that these new rules will cause a significant portion of our power supply to go offline. Despite clear warning signs, administration officials have done little to ease these concerns, and instead, continue to downplay the impacts of these new rules. Energy...
NEWS: Media Outlets Report on New Report Showing Dramatic Growth and Jobs Potential of U.S. Shale Gas Production
WASHINGTON, DC -- A new report released today by IHS Global Insight underscores the positive economic impacts of U.S. shale gas production. Recent advances in extraction technologies have allowed affordable access to shale gas resources, leading to a dramatic growth in domestic energy production. This new energy boom is creating jobs, generating government revenues, and advancing our nation's energy security.
The report found that shale gas development currently supports over 600,000 jobs and will likely support up to 870,000 jobs by 2015.... The authors project the...
Rep. Morgan Griffith in The Washington Times: Solyndra: Steven Chu's bad bet
"You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away and know when to run."
Kenny Rogers' "The Gambler" holds many lessons for Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Steven Chu in his handling of the Solyndra bankruptcy fiasco. In an effort to force a stimulus success story of "green" jobs, Mr. Chu took a gamble with taxpayer money and lost on the Solyndra loan guarantee. Instead of knowing when to hold 'em, he doubled down...
Subcommittee Discusses Path Forward for Job-Creating Keystone Pipeline
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power, chaired by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), continued its American Energy Initiative series today with a hearing to discuss "Expediting the Keystone XL Pipeline: Energy Security and Jobs." Today's hearing follows President Obama's recent action to delay the pipeline's construction until 2013. Instead of approving this shovel-ready jobs project, the president punted his decision on the Presidential Permit past election day, putting the pipeline in jeopardy along with the thousands of jobs it would create....
Communications and Technology Subcommittee Approves JOBS Act with Bipartisan Support
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology today approved the Jumpstarting Opportunity with Broadband Spectrum (JOBS) Act of 2011 with a bipartisan vote of 17 to 6. The JOBS Act will advance wireless broadband service, spur billions of dollars in private investment, create thousands of jobs, help bring interoperable broadband communications to public safety officials, and reduce the deficit by approximately $15 billion.
"Primarily, this legislation is about getting America's economy going again. It is a bill that frees up vast swaths...