House Science Committee Chairman Ralph Hall (R-TX) introduced the Tapping America’s Energy Potential through Research and Development Act (H.R. 6603) November 27 to authorize $111 million for the Department of Energy to conduct research and development on unconventional oil and natural gas resources and to find ways to reduce the volume of water used in the exploration processes.

Representative David McKinley (R-WV) introduced a concurrent resolution (H.Con. Res. 142) November 30 expressing the opposition of Congress to Federal efforts to establish a carbon tax on fuels for electricity and transportation.