The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power will hold a hearing May 23 on the Keystone XL pipeline issue and the related House GOP draft bill, the North American Made Energy Security Act of 2011. The legislation would set a November 1 deadline for the Obama administration to make a decision on the proposed Canadian-US oil sands pipeline. The State Department is currently soliciting public comment on a supplemental draft environmental impact statement until June 6, and will make a decision by the end of the year.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a May 24 hearing on oil and natural gas production. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson and David Hayes, deputy secretary of the interior, will serve as witnesses.
The House Natural Resources Committee will meet May 25 for the third in a series of hearings on harnessing American energy resources to create jobs and address rising gasoline prices. The hearing will specifically focus on the impact of high gas prices on seniors, working families, and Memorial Day vacations.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight and Government Spending will hold a hearing May 25 on gasoline prices, examining how Federal Reserve policies contribute to rising prices.
The House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will meet May 25 for a hearing on the United Nations climate talks. U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern is scheduled to appear as a witness.
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a markup May 26 of two pieces of electric vehicle legislation. Following a May 11 hearing on the Promoting Electric Vehicles Act of 2011 (S. 948) and the Advanced Vehicle Technology Act of 2011 (S. 734), the committee will markup the legislation this week. Any bill on which the committee has held a hearing is also eligible to be marked up, including a marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy bill (S. 630), legislation amending the carbon capture and sequestration program (S 699), a measure establishing a prize for large-scale carbon capture (S. 757), and a bill establishing a Clean Energy Deployment Administration.