Until this weekend, the committee was expected to release a draft measure today that would reflect the bipartisan agreement between Chairman Wyden and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-UT). Notably, the two leaders have expressed support for extension through 2015. Because Ranking Member Hatch has expressed a desire to evaluate the relative merits of each provision and not automatically extend every provision, this initial bill is expected to exclude several controversial measures, notably the renewable energy production tax credit. However, Finance Committee members can submit amendments before Wednesday, and given the Democratic majority and Republican PTC champions like Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the renewable energy provisions stand a good chance of being included in the bill by the time it passes out of committee. Amendments not related to expired tax provisions will not be considered germane, and even if ruled germane, they would need to be paid for. Consequently, efforts to … [Read more...] about Energy and Environmental Law Update – March 31, 2014
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Republican Social Cost of Carbon Letter SentSenators John Barrasso (R-WY), Roy Blunt (R-MO), John Boozman (R-AR), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Jeff Sessions (R-AL), David Vitter (R-LA), and Roger Wicker (R-MS) expressed concerns about a recent Obama administration decision to alter the social cost of carbon in a June 18 letter to Environmental Protection Agency Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe, Agency Administrator Nominee Gina McCarthy, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, and Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Burwell. They said the higher the estimate of the social cost of carbon, the more benefits can be linked to environmental regulations. The Senators urged the agencies to provide more information on the changes by July 2. … [Read more...] about Energy and Environmental Law Update – Week of June 24, 2013
The BIS Final Rule also added the Russian state-owned defense and shipbuilding company, United Shipbuilding Corporation, to BIS’s Entity List. As a result, a license from BIS is now required for any person, including a non-U.S. person, to export, reexport, or transfer abroad any item subject to the EAR to United Shipbuilding, and applications for such licenses are subject to a presumption of denial. The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) also recently added United Shipbuilding to its List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (“SDN List”), subjecting United Shipbuilding (and entities in which it owns a 50% or greater interest) to asset-blocking measures in addition to the export restrictions imposed by BIS. … [Read more...] about U.S. Commerce Department Restricts Energy-Related Exports and Reexports to Russia
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chair Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) indicated last week that her committee might mark up its own broad bipartisan energy package this week, though the committee has yet to officially release draft text. Once the compromise legislation is unveiled, Senators Murkowski and Maria Cantwell (D-WA), the committee’s ranking member, intend to mark it up on a title-by-title basis, and Senator Murkowski is hoping to complete the process before the August recess, though timing is obviously a concern. As we have previously discussed, it could be that the Highway bill, tax extenders, and energy legislation are eventually rolled into a big package at the end of the year, so committee leadership is working to get the measure ready now for potential movement then. … [Read more...] about Energy and Environment Update for July 20, 2015
Regulatory Activity Future of Water RegulationsThe Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Water (OW) will hold a listening session on Tuesday, May 2 to receive input on existing regulations that could be repealed, replaced or modified by the agency. This listening session follows President Trump’s February 24 executive order (EO) 13777 titled “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda” which calls for each agency to create a Regulatory Reform Task Force to evaluate and identify existing regulations that could be repealed, replaced or modified. EPA’s OW is soliciting comments on water actions only and individuals must preregister here to verbally submit comments during the call. Individuals who are interested in listening to the web conference can sign in here before the call and preregistration is not required. Those who are unable to join the call can still submit written comments through May 15, 2017 … [Read more...] about Executive Action for Outer Continental Shelf; House to Consider Antiquities Act; Repeal of More Water Regulations?