On September 8, the House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing investigating increased energy production and regulatory barriers to resource extraction. Representatives from two prominent consulting firms, Wood Mackenzie and IHS Global Insight/CERA, argued that job growth would result from fewer regulations in the hydrocarbon sector. GTM Research explored the problems with international competition in the solar power industry given the huge role of government financing of the industry in China and the US. Kate Gordon from the Center for American Progress Action Fund called for a clean energy standard and extending Section 1603 grants, the loan guarantee program for renewable energy projects, and tax credits for technology manufacturing related to renewable and clean energy.