9.12.2019 Legislative Brief

News Update

House Select Committee on Climate Crisis Launches Information Request SEPTEMBER 5 — The House Select Committee on Climate Crisis called for policy recommendations on decarbonization, innovation, and adaptation. The bipartisan group of legislators, led by Chairwoman Kathy Castor (D-FL) and Ranking Member Garret Graves (R-LA), is tasked with formulating policy aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change.

CNN Hosts Climate Town Hall for Democratic Presidential Candidates SEPTEMBER 4 — As candidates rolled out their climate plans, CNN hosted a seven-hour town hall for ten candidates to further explain their agendas on the issue. The New York Times reported that candidates “agreed to agree” on most issues, except for how to approach nuclear power. The House Energy & Commerce Republicans released a statement highlighting seven environmental bills on which Democrats “could work with Republicans.”

Democratic Presidential Candidates Diverge on Nuclear Energy SEPTEMBER 4 — Nuclear power has created a clear division among Democratic presidential hopefuls. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) has vocalized support for expanded nuclear capability and is an original cosponsor on the Nuclear Energy Leadership Act, S.903. In contrast, Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign website deems nuclear power “a non-sustainable source” and proposes phasing out all nuclear power plants.

Carbon Capture Advocates Pressure Congress to Keep USE IT Act in Defense Bill SEPTEMBER 3 — 40 members of the Carbon Capture Coalition wrote to members of Congress to ensure the USE IT Act, prominent carbon capture legislation, would be retained in the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019. The USE IT Act has also been included in Senate highway legislation.

Trump Administration Eases Regulations on Methane Leaks in Oil Industry AUGUST 29 — The EPA will remove regulations that targeted methane leaks from oil facilities. Several oil companies, like Exxon Mobil, and environmental groups have spoken out against the rollback. The EPA, with the support of public officials, maintains that the regulation is an unnecessary burden on smaller players in the energy industry.

U.S. Navy To End Obama-Era Climate Change Task Force AUGUST 27 — Initiated in March, the U.S. Navy ended a “no longer needed” climate change task force program. The task force prepared Navy leadership for oceanic effects of climate change. Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis said that climate change has “affected the stability” of regions where the U.S. military is active.

Legislative Tracking

Launching Energy Advancement & Development through Innovations for Natural Gas Act

S.1638 & H.R.3828

What to Know: This legislation would establish a program in the Department of Energy to lower emissions

produced by natural gas. Private entities would assist in researching and developing carbon capture

technology.

Sponsors & Co-Sponsors: Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) with bipartisan cosponsors

Important Dates: Introduced to the Senate on May 23, 2019 and to the House on July 18, 2019

ACC Legislative Team