Incoming Energy chairman Upton shows up at oil industry event

Spotted at an American Petroleum Institute event Tuesday previewing the oil industry's agenda for 2011 was Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), the incoming chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Upton is planning this year to aggressively challenge the Obama administration's energy agenda, including efforts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and impose new regulations on the oil industry.

API, the country's most powerful oil-and-gas industry trade group, is unveiling its "State of American Energy" report that, in part, calls on Congress to "reject new energy taxes and turn aside unnecessary regulations on oil and natural gas development." An API spokesman says Upton was an invited guest to the event held at Washington's Newseum.