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Last Build Date: Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:50:49 -0400

 



NATURAL GAS: GOP senators look to limit DOE role in export approvals

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:50:49 -0400

Senate Republicans have lost no time in embracing the Trump administration's "energy dominance" message with bills to fast-track natural gas exports.



FORESTS: Republican eyes Western Dems on wildfire bill

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:50:54 -0400

Legislation to ease environmental hurdles for forest-thinning projects will likely pass the House in July before facing an uncertain future in the Senate, Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) said yesterday.



COAL: Industry urges lawmakers to nix mine cleanup bill

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:50:57 -0400

The National Mining Association yesterday came out against a $1 billion coal mine cleanup bill just ahead of a House committee vote next week on the measure.



ENERGY POLICY: Subcommittee advances 2 contentious pipeline bills

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:50:59 -0400

A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee advanced two bills yesterday that would change how natural gas pipelines are approved, despite objections from Democrats.



WATER POLICY: Lawmakers approve bill to streamline storage permits

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:51:02 -0400

The House passed legislation 233-180 yesterday to streamline permitting for water storage projects on public land.



CYBERSECURITY: Senators urge Trump to act on Russian grid threat

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:51:04 -0400

A group of 19 Democratic senators are calling on President Trump to investigate the extent to which Russian hackers have invaded crucial U.S. energy networks.



CLIMATE: Dems renew push for $50B national green bank

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:51:06 -0400

Democrats revived their push for a national green bank yesterday, arguing President Trump's dismissal of the Paris climate accord has renewed urgency for boosting renewable energy jobs.



ADVOCACY: Freshman Dem launches oil and gas caucus

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:51:08 -0400

Freshman Rep. Vicente González (D-Texas) has launched a Congressional Oil and Gas Caucus with the aim of educating fellow lawmakers about related issues.



TRANSPORTATION: Rail execs laud Trump's streamlining goals, blast budget plan

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:51:10 -0400

Rail executives yesterday had a mixed message regarding President Trump's plans for infrastructure.



REGULATIONS: Lawmakers ponder federal government's place

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:51:12 -0400

The United States is in a moment of transition. The Trump administration is attempting to slash federal budgets, fundamentally reorganize the executive branch and roll back decades' worth of regulation — all with the goal of reducing the so-called administrative state and returning power to local governments.



CAMPAIGN 2018: Steyer funds multistate voter efforts

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:51:15 -0400

Billionaire environmental activist and Democratic superdonor Tom Steyer's NextGen Climate is starting work on the 2018 elections.



CAMPAIGN 2017: Northam leads by 8 in new poll for Va. gubernatorial race

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:51:17 -0400

The first post-primary poll for the Virginia gubernatorial race shows Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam leading Republican Ed Gillespie, 47 to 39 percent.