Representative Lee Terry (R-NE) introduced legislation (H.R. 6164) July 23 to approve the construction, operation, and maintenance of the 1,200-mile northern portion of the Keystone XL pipeline from the Canadian border to the South Dakota/Nebraska border. Congressman Terry’s third measure on the issue, the bill would eliminate the need for a new environmental impact statement on the northern segment.
Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced legislation (S. 3428) July 24 to amend the Clean Air Act to partially waive the renewable fuel standard when corn inventories are low.
Representative Doc Hastings (R-WA) introduced legislation (H.R. 6168) July 24 to direct the Secretary of Interior to implement the Proposed Final Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program (2012-2017) in accordance with the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act and other applicable law.
Also last Tuesday, Representative David McKinley (R-WV) introduced legislation (H.R. 6172) to prohibit the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from finalizing any rule imposing any standard of performance for carbon dioxide emissions from any existing or new source that is a fossil fuel-fired electric utility generating unit unless and until carbon capture and storage is found to be technologically and economically feasible. The bill would task the Energy Information Administration, the comptroller general, the National Energy Technology Laboratory, and the Commerce Department with determining when the technology is viable.
Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced legislation (S. 3437) July 25 to amend the Natural Gas Act to provide assistance to States to carry out initiatives to promote the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel and public and private investment in natural gas vehicles and transportation infrastructure.
The same day, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced legislation (S. 3438) to require the Secretary of the Interior to implement the Proposed Final Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program: 2012-2017 and conduct additional oil and gas lease sales to promote offshore energy development in the United States for a more secure energy future. The Offshore Petroleum Expansion Now Act is an alternative to the Interior Department’s recently released five-year offshore drilling strategy, and adds a dozen more lease sales.
Representative Mike Thompson (D-CA) introduced legislation (The American Advanced Energy Manufacturing Jobs Act of 2012, H.R. 6182) last Wednesday to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend and expand the 48C advanced energy manufacturing tax credit for qualifying advanced energy projects.
Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) was joined by 30 of his colleagues in introducing the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act (S. 3445) July 26. The measure would establish an American Energy Development Plan, approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, freeze and study the impact of Environmental Protection Agency rules on gasoline regulations, provide onshore oil and gas leasing certainty, advance offshore wind production, streamline energy permitting, provide access to the National Petroleum Reserve Alaska, hold Bureau of Land Management live internet auctions, establish a mining law program or solid minerals leasing program, increase state revenue sharing for Outer Continental Shelf revenues offer lease sales off the Virginia coast, limit new regulations on surface mining, and establish a Critical Minerals Policy Act. The 85-page wide-ranging energy bill is intended to serve as a blueprint for action if Republicans capture Congress or the White House in November.
The same day, Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) introduced legislation (S. 3449) to prohibit purchases by the Federal Government of Chinese goods and services until the People’s Republic of China becomes a part to the Agreement on Government Procurement.
Representative Richard Neal (D-MA) introduced legislation July 26 to restore and make permanent the Build America Bonds program that expired at the end of 2010. The measure would set the subsidy rate for the bonds at 32 percent for 2012, increasing by one percentage point each year until it reaches a permanent rate of 28 percent in 2016.
Representatives Ron Kind (D-WI) and John Lewis (D-GA) introduced the long-awaited biogas investment tax credit (H.R. 6212) July 26.
Representative Fred Upton (R-MI) introduced legislation (H.R. 6213) last Thursday to limit further taxpayer exposure from the loan guarantee program established under title XVII of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Also on the 26th, Representative John Garamendi (D-CA) introduced legislation (H.R. 6217) to require 85 percent domestic content in green technologies purchased by Federal agencies or by States with Federal funds and in property eligible for the renewable energy production or investment tax credits.
Representative Rosa DeLauro introduced legislation (H.R. 6222) July 26 to amend the Clean Air Act with respect to the sulfur fuel content of heating oil.
The same day, Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) introduced legislation (H.R. 6226) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the nonbusiness energy property credit to include the insulation component of insulated siding.