OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Climate rules, earthquakes, fracking in focus

On the hearing front ...

A Senate Environment and Public Works Committee panel will hear from EPA’s top air quality regulator about rules to curb emissions from oil and natural-gas wells developed with hydraulic fracturing.

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The rules aren’t technically greenhouse gas regulations, but they’re nonetheless part of a battle over how climate-friendly natural gas developed through “fracking” is or isn’t.

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, meanwhile, will unwrap a new National Research Council report that looks at the potential for various energy technologies to trigger seismic activity.

Across the Capitol, Republicans have scheduled several hearings Tuesday that take aim at President Obama’s energy agenda and climate agenda.

A House Energy and Commerce Committee panel will have another hearing to bash EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations, which Republicans allege will hurt the economy.

A separate Energy and Commerce panel will turn a skeptical eye towards the White House “green jobs” agenda.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will gather to examine Obama’s “green energy gamble” and ask “were all the taxpayer subsidies necessary?”



NEWS BITES:

US Chamber urges compromise on transportation bill

The powerful U.S. Chamber of Commerce is urging House and Senate lawmakers not to let negotiations on a sweeping surface transportation package collapse.

The Chamber lays out areas it sees as ripe for compromise here. Not listed: The Keystone XL oil sands pipeline, which the House version of the bill would authorize, or House provisions to prevent tough EPA rules on “coal ash.”

Industry, enviros team up to push efficiency bill


Moving energy legislation through the Senate these days is a tall order, but Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) are trying to break the logjam.

They’re holding a press conference Tuesday with backers ranging from the National Association of Manufacturers to the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Here’s a summary of the bill from the nonprofit Alliance to Save Energy, which is backing the legislation.

Report: Rio diplomats close in on green deal

Bloomberg reports that envoys from 190 nations attending this week’s big United Nations green development summit in Brazil are “close to reaching an agreement that will mark one of the broadest steps yet to harmonize economic development with global efforts to protect the environment.”

The whole story is here.


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

E2 had a busy weekend, with reports on climate activists looking to take down pop star Justin Bieber’s Twitter record; a top Shell Oil exec discussing the industry’s rapport with the White House; and a State Department official insisting the big UN green summit in Brazil is a top priority even though Obama isn’t showing up.

And on Monday, we reported on:

- Media criticism from Obama’s EPA chief and former climate czar
- The White House waving a veto pen at GOP plans to kill an EPA rule
- The climate stakes of Tuesday’s Senate hearing on oil-and-gas pollution rules
- The effect of falling gasoline prices on D.C. cab fares


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