Energy/Environment

NH senators ask appropriators for more heating assistance

Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) urged Senate appropriators to increase funding for heating assistance.

In a letter to Chairman Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and ranking member Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies on Monday, Shaheen and Ayotte said funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has decreased despite the fact that home heating costs have increased.

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Senate approves small bill to help Oso recovery

The Senate passed a small bill Thursday that will help victims of the Oso, Wash., landslide begin recovery.

The Green Mountain Lookout Heritage Protection Act, S. 404, authorizes preservation of the Green Mountain lookout point near the area devastated by a massive landslide last month.

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Thune demands EPA drop wood stove regulation

Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) demanded that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) drops a proposed “burdensome” regulation on new wood stoves.

In a letter sent Thursday to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, Thune said propane shortages during this harsh winter have made it even more difficult for families to heat their homes and that the EPA’s New Source Performance Standards would make heating more costly.

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Hoeven: Russian action shows need for Keystone pipeline

Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) said Russia’s power grab in Ukraine proved that the United States would be more secure if it partnered with Canada to ensure a steady flow of fuel by building the Keystone XL pipeline.

Russian President Vladimir Putin recently invaded Crimea, which then held an election and decided to secede from Ukraine. European countries have said Putin’s action was motivated by control over natural gas in the region. Before Putin’s military intervention in Crimea, Ukraine had ousted its Russian-backed leader.

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Senate sends home heating bill to Obama's desk

The Senate passed a bill Thursday that aims to make it easier for regions of the country hit by a hard, cold winter to access propane and other home heating fuels.

The bill would extend the ability of truckers hauling fuel to drive for longer hours to ensure remote regions have enough fuel until the end of May.

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Senate passes bill giving Pueblo Indians forest land

The Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would transfer national forest land to the Pueblo Indian tribe in New Mexico.

Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) introduced S. 611, the Sandia Pueblo Settlement Technical Amendment Act, which allows for the land exchange as long as it is preserved as open space in its natural state.

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