OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Senate panel to examine fed response to extreme weather

ON TAP WEDNESDAY: As Washington, D.C., and much of the Southeast and East Coast brace for a strong winter storm, it seems only fitting that a Senate committee hold a hearing on extreme weather events.

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will examine the costs associated with not being prepared for extreme weather and the federal response to weather events as well as climate change.

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Extreme weather events include ones like Superstorm Sandy, severe droughts, wildfires and more.

Witnesses include officials from the Department of Homeland Security, who will discuss preparations for climate change. State representatives will also testify on what is needed to make communities more resilient to threats while saving money.


ON TAP WEDNESDAY II: Energy Secretary Ernest MonizErnest MonizObama energy secretary criticizes Trump on oil reserve Obama energy secretary launches nonprofit Overnight Energy: Zinke, Perry take heat over Trump budget MORE will discuss the administration's Quadrennial Energy Review at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners winter meeting.

Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy John Holdren and Dan Utech, climate adviser to Obama, will also be on the panel with Moniz.

Rest of Wednesday's agenda... The BlueGreen Alliance Foundation and United Steelworkers hold events to "advocate for investments in rebuilding and repairing our nation's broken infrastructure, and against disastrous 'fast-track' legislation."

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) will participate in a rally for jobs and clean environment in the Senate Dirksen Office Building as a part of the BlueGreen Alliance activities.

Later, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing on fisheries, treaties and port agreements.

NEWS BITES: Sen. Mary LandrieuMary LandrieuCNN producer on new O'Keefe video: Voters are 'stupid,' Trump is 'crazy' CNN's Van Jones: O'Keefe Russia 'nothingburger' video 'a hoax' Trump posts O'Keefe videos on Instagram MORE (D-La.) will take control of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources gavel on Thursday.

Landrieu announced the news to utility regulators during their winter meeting on Tuesday. Her office later issued a release saying the Senate Democratic Caucus voted Tuesday afternoon to name her chairwoman of the panel. On Thursday the Senate will vote on a resolution that will make her appointment official.

“During the coming weeks and months, I will remain focused on moving an agenda forward that is inclusive, bipartisan and focused on the job creation that America needs and wants," Landrieu said in a statement on Tuesday.

"Everything we do will be part of helping to build the middle class and expanding opportunities for entrepreneurs in the domestic energy sector. Increasing domestic energy production and fortifying and expanding the infrastructure that connects producers, refiners and consumers will help us achieve this goal."

In other news... Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinManchin on GOP lawmaker’s suggestion for a duel with female senators: I’ll ‘step outside with him’ McCain returning to Senate in time for health vote Pressure on Trump grows as Kushner is questioned MORE (D-W.Va.) sounded off on his recently proposed bill aimed at granting states more oversight power of chemical facilities.

Manchin said he is optimistic his bill will get a vote this year despite reports that the House wouldn't take it up.

"Speaker [John] Boehner was very receptive to it," said Manchin, referring to talks he's had with Boehner (R-Ohio) about the chemical spill and his bill.

The long-term effects of the chemical spill from the Freedom Industries chemical facility are still unknown, Manchin added.

"This a wake-up call for the whole country," Manchin said.


AROUND THE WEB:

The Associated Press reports an explosion at a natural-gas well in Pennsylvania, miles away form the West Virginia border.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that Sochi, Russia, will be among the warmest cities to have hosted the Winter Olympics. "This trend toward relatively warm Winter Olympic Games locations may be unsustainable as concentrations of heat-trapping greenhouse gases continue to rise," it states.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

Here's what ran on E2-Wire on Tuesday...

- EPA moves to regulate diesel in fracking
- Markey joins Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
- Green group: Tea Party weighs down GOP
- Republicans to EPA: Reveal 'secret science'
- Industry rallies behind Landrieu-led panel
- Senate GOP sends second letter to Obama urging Keystone approval
- Obama-Hollande meeting may boost larger climate goals

 

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