OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Lobbyists, GOP get cracking on ‘embryonic’ energy platform

Senate committee looks at natural gas vehicles

The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will look into opportunities for using natural gas as a transportation fuel during a Tuesday morning hearing.
 
The hearing will discuss current investment in that technology. It also will highlight the obstacles to using natural gas as a transportation fuel.
 
Witnesses include: Dave McCurdy, president and CEO of the American Gas Association; Michael Gallagher, senior adviser for Vancouver-based Westport Innovations; Reg Modlin, director of regulatory affairs with Chrysler; David Greene, corporate fellow with Oak Ridge National Laboratory; and Paul Cicio, president of the Industrial Energy Consumers of America.

Senate environment committee explores EPA chemical oversight

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will gather Tuesday for a hearing on Environmental Protection Agency steps to curb exposure to toxic chemicals.

The hearing will unfold ahead of a Wednesday markup of Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s (D-N.J.) bill that would toughen EPA regulation of chemicals. More on that here.

‘No More Solyndras,’ Take II


A House Energy and Commerce Committee panel will begin its markup of Republicans’ “No More Solyndras Act" Tuesday, a bill that would sunset the Energy Department’s loan guarantee program and impose several new restrictions.

The markup had been scheduled last week but was pushed back.

Click here and here for more on the bill.

Tuesday will bring only opening statements. The real action will arrive Wednesday.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

Check out these stories that ran on E2-Wire Monday:

- GOP ex-lawmaker: Facts will 'overwhelm' GOP opposition to climate change

- Report: Claims drilling led to health problems based on inaccurate science

- Senate committee to vote on chemical policy overhaul

- GOP lawmakers, RNC huddle on energy policy for convention platform

- Citing drought, livestock groups push bill to limit production of ethanol

- White House threatens to veto House GOP drilling bill

Quote of the Day: “We never think of the Senate as a problem. That was humor, by the way.” – Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.).

He floated the latest GOP bill Monday to approve the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline, legislation that faces huge Senate hurdles.

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