Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson and Deputy Interior Secretary David Hayes appeared before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform May 24 and said that the Obama administration’s energy and environmental policies are not the cause of today’s high crude oil and gasoline prices. Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) recently released a report, Rising Energy Costs: An Intentional Result of Government Action, that found that the Administration is pursuing an agenda to raise the price of energy, while Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) has released a rebuttal, Real Help for American Consumers: Who’s Profiting at the Pump?, which argues that addressing market speculation will lower gas prices for consumers. Several Democratic senators emerged from a closed-door meeting May 26 with Gary Gensler, chairman of the Commodity Future Trading Commission, expressing frustration with that they see as the commission’s lack of action in curbing the role of speculators in U.S. oil markets.