ON TAP TUESDAY: Not even the royal baby’s birth could slow down plans for wide-ranging energy hearings in Congress this week that get rolling Tuesday. Here’s what to watch tomorrow ...
Biofuel battle heats up: The House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Energy and Power launches a two-day hearing on the Renewable Fuel Standard. (E2-Wire has a preview here.)
The federal biofuel-blending mandate is under attack from the oil industry, green organizations and meat producers. Some are pushing for changes to the law, while others want a full repeal.
The biofuel industry is vigorously defending the mandate from alterations. They say the Environmental Protection Agency has enough flexibility to address opponents’ concerns. Click here for more on the 9:30 a.m. hearing, which will be webcast.
House panel readies hatchet for EPA: A House appropriations subcommittee will take up fiscal 2014 spending legislation Tuesday that would cut the EPA’s budget by a third.
The plan would also prevent the agency from crafting carbon emissions standards for power plants, among other policy provisions on the bill, which is a platform for political battles over the White House green agenda. Click here for more.
Senate panel dives into offshore energy royalties: The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will discuss bipartisan legislation to share federal offshore energy royalties with coastal states at a 2:30 p.m. hearing.
EPA nominees in the hot seat: The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will convene to consider a handful of Environmental Protection Agency nominees at a 10 a.m. hearing.
The nominees for the EPA posts are: Ken Kopocis, for the assistant administrator of the Office of Water; James Jones, for the assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention; and Avi Garbow, for general counsel. Click here for more.
Mining rule faces heat: A House Natural Resources panel will take aim at potential Interior Department rules that would tighten restrictions on disposal of waste from mountaintop removal coal mining. Click here for more info.
Should banks control energy? That’s among the questions before the Senate Banking Committee Tuesday. The panel will hear from experts at a hearing titled: “Examining Financial Holding Companies: Should Banks Control Power Plants, Warehouses, and Oil Refineries?”
Click here for information and the prepared testimony.
Ground rules for House energy floor fight: The House Rules Committee will gather Tuesday to set the parameters for this week’s floor battle on energy-related bills.
They include a measure that would allow the Energy Department to effectively thwart some EPA rules. Click here for more.
THE REST OF TUESDAY'S AGENDA . . .
Heitkamp, Hoeven head Keystone XL pipeline forum
The Hill and the American Petroleum Institute will host a Tuesday morning forum on the battle over the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline.
Sens. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) are among the speakers at the event, which will be webcast at 9 a.m. on TheHill.com
Uranium enrichment in focus
The U.S. Energy Association will hold a 2 p.m. event on uranium enrichment.
Phil Sewell, senior vice president and chief development officer at USEC Inc., will speak. Click here for more info.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
Check out these stories that ran in E2-Wire Monday and over the weekend . . .
– Advocates, foes of biofuels mandate to square off
– Biofuels groups’ ads swing back at oil industry
– Sen. Rockefeller seeks oil-and-gas transportation safety probe
– No joke: Feds bust energy traders for ‘spoofing’
– New EPA chief urges staff to ‘act now on climate change’
– Interior announces Virginia offshore wind lease sale
– House bill slashes EPA budget
– Schumer urges DOT to probe how climate change affects trains
– Al Gore backs Schatz in Hawaii Senate race
– Waxman: Climate regs won’t revive legislation
OPEC earnings hit record last year
The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries hit a record $982 billion in oil export earnings last year despite a surge in North American production, the U.S. Energy Information said Monday.
The EIA did not include estimates for Iran, citing difficulty tracking transactions amid sanctions against its energy sector.
While the figure is a 5 percent increase from 2011 for the oil cartel, the EIA predicted declines for this year and the next.
From the group:
EIA estimates that members of OPEC, not including Iran, could earn about $940 billion of net oil export revenues in 2013 and about $903 billion in 2014, in nominal terms (unadjusted for inflation).
Click here for more.
Review disputes claims of EPA bias
A Politico story pokes holes in allegations that the EPA is biased against conservative groups when considering public record requests.
“Critics of the Obama administration have gotten a lot of mileage by claiming ideological bias at the Environmental Protection Agency. But a Politico analysis of the evidence shows holes in their case,” their story states.
The Competitive Enterprise Institute, the conservative group behind the bias allegations, is pushing back.
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