• On May 13, Representatives Frank Lucas (R-OK) and Collin Peterson (D-MN) introduced H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, the 2013 Farm Bill.
  • On May 14, Representative Pete Olson (R-TX) and 17 other members introduced H.R. 1959, a bipartisan bill that expands the Renewable Fuel Standard to include ethanol derived from natural gas. The bill is designed to reduce food and livestock feed costs by taking the pressure off corn ethanol.
  • On May 15, Representative Leonard Lance (R-NJ) introduced H.R. 1985, the reauthorization of the National Oilheat Research Alliance Act of 2000. Cosponsors of the bill include Representatives Charlie Dent (R-PA), Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), Michael Grimm (R-NY), Richard Hanna (R-NY), Andy Harris (R-MD), Walter Jones (R-NC), Jon Runyan (R-NJ), Chris Smith (R-NJ), Peter Welch (D-VT), Joe Wilson (R-SC), and Peter King (R-NY).
  • The same day, Representatives Mike Simpson (R-ID) and Peter DeFazio (D-OR) introduced H.R. 2004, a bill to expand geothermal production.
  • The same day, Representative Randy Weber (R-TX) was joined by eight of his colleagues in introducing H.Res. 214, a resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the extensive scientific and technical studies the Department of State and other federal agencies have affirmed that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline is an environmentally sound project.
  • On May 16, Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced S. 977, the Foreign Fuels Reduction Act. The bill modifies the renewable fuel standard to require the Environmental Protection Agency, when it lowers the projected volume of cellulosic biofuel production to below the minimum statutory volume, also to lower the total renewable and advanced biofuel volume by the same amount. Currently, the agency has the authority to do so but is not required to do so.
  • The same day, Representatives Lois Capps (D-CA), Doris Matsui (D-CA), Ed Markey (D-MA), and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) introduced H.R. 2023, a bill directing the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop a national strategic action plan to assist health professionals in preparing for and responding to the public health effects of climate change.
  • The same day, Representative Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) introduced H.R. 2029, The Community College Energy Training Act. The bill would provide grants to community colleges to train students about biomass, geothermal, solar, and wind energy as well as about energy efficiency, sustainable agriculture, and water conservation. The Departments of Energy and Labor would establish this grant program. Half of the $100 million authorization would be used to create energy programs while half would be used to support existing programs.