8.26.2019 Legislative Brief

News Update

Former Governor John Hickenlooper Announces Senate Bid AUGUST 22 — After dropping out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper announced that he is challenging incumbent Cory Gardner (R-CO) for his Senate seat. Because Hickenlooper did not support the Green New Deal during his presidential bid, the Sunrise Movement and other leftist groups have already denounced his candidacy. Gardner, co-chair of the Roosevelt Conservation Caucus, is running to be elected for his second term.

Assistant Secretary of the Interior To Resign At the End of August AUGUST 20 — Secretary of the Interior, David Bernhardt, tweeted out the resignation of Joe Balash, who currently works as the Assistant Secretary for Land and Mineral Management. Balash, who was confirmed in 2017, did not specify a reason for his resignation in a letter addressed to President Trump.

July 2019 Is Officially the Hottest Month on Record AUGUST 15 — With a global average temperature of 62.13 degrees, July 2019 was the hottest month on record. The last five Julys have been the five hottest on record. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its monthly global climate report, which notably showed record melting of sea ice.

Pete Buttigieg Releases Rural Plan With Climate Provisions AUGUST 14 — South Bend Mayor and Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg announced an extensive plan to address challenges rural Americans face, chiefly Internet access. The initiative also addresses the effects of climate change in rural America and would support technologies like soil carbon sequestration. With this initiative, he joins other Democratic presidential candidates in releasing policy plans that address climate change.

President Trump Visits Shell Plant in Pennsylvania AUGUST 13 — During a tour of an almost-complete Shell plant President Trump spoke about the “glory” of American manufacturing as well as American energy production. The plant is located in western Pennsylvania, and once fully operational, it will convert natural gas into plastics.

Trump Administration Announces New Endangered Species Rule AUGUST 12 — The Department of Interior, led by Secretary Bernhardt, announced the revision of the Endangered Species Rule, which, if implemented, would publish the economic impacts before classifying a species endangered among other measures. This move was criticized by environmental groups, Earthjustice, who say the revisions will benefit oil and business interests. PERC analyzed the legislation and found that while the policy is effective at preventing extinctions, it does not promote species recovery.

Legislative Tracking

Renewable Electricity Tax Credit Equalization Act

H.R.4186

What to Know: This legislation would extend tax credits on investments into renewable energy production such as geothermal, biomass, and hydropower. This legislation was introduced into the 115th Congress but did not pass.

Sponsors & Co-Sponsors: Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA)

Important Dates: Introduced to the House and referred to Ways & Means on August 13, 2019

ACC Legislative Team