7.29.2019 Legislative Brief
House Science Committee Advances Three Energy Research Bills JULY 24 — The House Science Committee approved $6.5 billion in energy research through three different pieces of legislation. H.R.3597, H.R.3609, and H.R.3607 would fund research into solar and wind energy production as well as carbon capture technology. In committee, the bills advanced along party lines with Republicans opposing the measures for being too expensive, according to POLITICO Pro.
House Democrats Release a Plan to Decarbonize U.S. Economy by 2050 JULY 23 — Democratic leadership on the House Energy & Commerce Committee unveiled a plan to decarbonize the American economy by 2050. Ranking Member Greg Walden (R-OR) said, “Let’s talk about these policies in terms that matter to people every day. And find bi-partisan solutions that work for families and consumers.”
House Republicans Give Statement on Climate Change JULY 23 — Three Republicans in the House, Reps. Greg Walden (R-OR), John Shimkus (R-IL) and Fred Upton (R-MI), showed their support for innovative solutions to climate change. Together, they said, “Climate change is real. If we’re serious about tackling this challenge, we need to continue to offer serious, bipartisan answers that protect our economy and our environment.”
Bureau of Land Management To Move Personnel Out Of D.C. JULY 17 — The Department of the Interior announced BLM’s headquarters will move to Grand Junction, Colorado. First conceptualized by former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, the move will leave only 60 BLM employees in Washington D.C. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) praised the decision for bringing the Bureau closer to areas where more attention is needed, while critics said the move would reduce BLM’s influence in Washington.
House Passes Legislation to Create Climate Security Council JULY 17 — House Democrats led the charge to pass H.R.3494, which, in part, would establish a climate security advisory committee. The committee would operate under the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Republicans pushed back on the legislation, calling it a “redundant, unnecessary use of manpower funding.”
Senate Committee Advance More Than 20 Energy-Related Bills JULY 16 — The Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee advanced numerous pieces of energy-related legislation, including the Nuclear Energy Leadership Act (S.903). In a statement, Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) said, “These measures will help develop innovative technologies, responsibly reduce our energy and water consumption, and protect our economy and national security.”
Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act of 2019
What to Know: Introduced by members of the Western Caucus, this legislation would encourage renewable energy production, including the likes of solar, wind and geothermal, on public lands.
Sponsors & Co-Sponsors: Reps. Gosar (R-AZ), Mike Levin (D-CA), Doug LaMalfa (R-CA), Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), Scott Tipton (R-CO), and Jared Huffman (D-CA), along with numerous cosponsors
Important Dates: Introduced to the House on July 17, 2019