Week ahead: House GOP takes energy campaign on the road

Other energy-related events and press conferences to be held under the umbrella of the House Energy Action Team next week are planned in Texas, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Ohio and California.

Republicans over the last year have pushed a series of bills through the chamber aimed at mandating domestic oil-and-gas leasing policies that are far more aggressive than the White House's current approach.

They’re also critical of plans to regulate hydraulic fracturing and are seeking to delay or kill a series of Environmental Protection Agency air pollution rules.

President Obama has strongly defended White House energy policies, noting that domestic oil-and-gas production has been on the rise.
 
He has sought to cast the GOP as handmaidens of “big oil,” noting Republican opposition to repealing billions of dollars in industry tax breaks.

The Senate will still be in Washington next week.

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing Tuesday about the latest report from the American Energy Innovation Council.

It’s a group of private sector heavyweights — including Bill Gates — who are pushing for a more muscular federal rule in helping spur development and deployment of green energy technologies.

Witnesses will include Norman Augustine, the retired chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corp.

Off Capitol Hill, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars will hold an event Monday titled “Congress and the Global Energy Crunch.”

Speakers include former Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.), who was the chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee; and Phil Sharp, the former congressman who is now president of the environmental think tank Resources for the Future.

“The debate over national energy policy is bound to heat up as the presidential and congressional elections grow closer, both on the campaign trail and in the halls of Congress,” an advisory states.  

“This panel will explore just how much can realistically be expected out of Congress this year in altering the country’s energy course and what new challenges and opportunities we might confront in the expanding global market for energy resources,” it adds.

EPA will hold a public hearing Thursday on recently proposed rules that set greenhouse gas standards for new power plants.

Also Thursday, the Center for American Progress will host a half-day summit on renewable energy opportunities in Alaska.

Speakers include Alaska Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R) and Mark Begich (D), and Deputy Interior Secretary David Hayes.

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