Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) introduced legislation (S. 916) May 9 to facilitate appropriate oil and gas development on Federal land and waters and limit the U.S.’ dependence on foreign oil and gas. The same day, he also introduced legislation (S. 917) to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to reform the management of energy and mineral resources on the Outer Continental Shelf. The legislation closely resembles the measure (S. 3516) reported out of the Senate Energy Committee last Congress in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and would codify organizational changes at the Interior Department.
Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) introduced legislation (S. 920) to create clean energy jobs and set efficiency standards for small-duct high-velocity air conditioning and heat pump systems.
Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) introduced legislation (S. 936) May 10 to establish the American Infrastructure Investment Fund and other activities to facilitate investments in infrastructure projects that enhance the economic competitiveness of the United States by improving economic output, productivity, or competitive commercial advantage.
Senators John Barrasso (R-WY) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced legislation (S. 937) to repeal certain barriers to domestic fuel production. Specifically, the bill repeals a 2007 ban on federal procurement of coal-to-liquid and other fuels and requires the Department of Energy to provide progress reports on loan guarantees for alternative fuel projects.
Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced legislation (S. 938) to establish a research, development, demonstration, and commercial application program to promote research of appropriate technology for heavy duty plug-in hybrid vehicles.
Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) introduced legislation (S. 940) to reduce the Federal budget deficit by closing big oil tax loopholes, as outlined above.
Congressman Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced legislation (H.R. 1807) to provide for the sale of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and acquisition of refined petroleum product.
Congressman Jason Altmire (D-PA) introduced legislation (H.R. 1808) to amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to require the Secretary of Energy to carry out programs to develop and demonstrate two small modular nuclear reactor designs.
Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY) introduced legislation (H.R. 1814) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to deny certain tax benefits to persons responsible for an oil spill if such person commits certain additional violations.
Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) introduced legislation (S. 963) May 11 to reduce energy costs, improve energy efficiency, and expand the use of renewable energy by Federal agencies. The Reducing Federal Energy Dollars Act of 2011 would require federal agencies to submit standardized reports that enumerate energy and water usage as well as GHG emissions from their buildings and would establish energy efficiency standards for new federal buildings.
Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) introduced legislation (S. 948) to establish a three-year program to promote the use of plug-in electric vehicles in model communities across the country.
Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introduced legislation (S. 953) to authorize the conduct of certain lease sales in the Outer Continental Shelf and modify the requirements for oil and gas exploration.
Congressman John Carter (R-TX) introduced a three resolutions (H.J. Res. 58, H.J. Res. 60, and H.J. Res 61) disapproving rules submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to “National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Major Sources: Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Boilers and Process Heaters,” the “Standards of Performance for New Stationary Sources and Emission Guidelines for Existing Sources: Commercial and Industrial Solid Waste Incineration Unites,” and “Standards of Performance for New Stationary Sources and Emission Guidelines for Existing Sources: Sewage Sludge Incineration Units,” respectively.
Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced legislation May 12 that would enact a national energy efficiency strategy. The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2011 contains a broad package of low-cost tools that would reduce barriers for business, homeowners, and consumers looking to adopt off-the-shelf, cost effective energy efficiency technologies. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will soon hold a hearing on the measure.
Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) introduced legislation to reduce diesel emissions through federal highway project funding. The Clean Construction Act of 2011 would require that as much as 1 percent of the cost of a project be devoted to retrofits or other improvements in older off-road diesel equipment to allow the equipment to meet new diesel engine emission standards.
Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) introduced legislation (S. 989) to amend the Clean Air Act to require the exclusion of data of an exceedance or violation of a national ambient air quality standard caused by a prescribed fire in the Flint Hills Region.
Congressman Tim Murphy (R-PA) introduced legislation (H.R. 1861) to enhance America’s path toward energy independence and economic and national security, to conserve energy use, to promote innovation, to achieve lower emissions, cleaner air, cleaner water, and cleaner land, and to rebuild aging roads, bridges, locks, and dams. Specifically, the Infrastructure Jobs and Energy Act would expand offshore production of oil and natural gas and use the federal money gained from that effort to programs related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, and clean coal technology.
Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) introduced legislation (H.R. 1870) to safely increase domestic oil and gas production.
Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) introduced legislation (H.R. 1872) to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to consider the impact on employment levels and economic activity prior to issuing a regulation, policy statement, guidance, or other requirement, implementing any new or substantially altered program, or issuing or denying any permit.
Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) introduced legislation (H.R. 1875) to lower gas prices by making investments in cleaner vehicle technologies and infrastructure.
Congressman Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM) introduced legislation (H.R. 1881) to require the Secretary of Energy, in coordination with the Secretary of Labor, to establish a program to provide for workforce training and education at community colleges in sustainable energy.
Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (D-MA) introduced legislation (H.R. 1890) to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to require, as a condition and term of any exploration plan or development and production plan submitted under the Act, that the applicant for the plan must submit an oil spill containment and clean-up plan capable of handling a worst case scenario oil spill.
Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS) introduced a resolution (H. Res. 267) expressing the sense of the House that the United States should end all subsidies aimed at specific energy technologies or fuels.