OVERNIGHT ENERGY: House GOP launches drilling debate, climate talks heat up, and more

SNEAK PREVIEW: The Hill's Laura Barron-Lopez has an upcoming story on lawmakers' renewed fight over park closures during the government shutdown.

Arizona's delegation is pushing the National Park Service to pay the state for costs incurred to operate the Grand Canyon National Park, but Interior officials detailed why that is not possible without Congress giving the OK. 

Check out The Hill's print edition and website tomorrow for more.


ON TAP TUESDAY: The House will debate GOP legislation aimed at expanding the amount of federal lands offered for oil-and-gas development and speeding up drilling permits.


The bill would set new permit deadlines and set a floor on how much federal land the Interior Department must offer for drilling, among other measures.

It’s highly unlikely to advance in the Senate. But, if nothing else, it provides Republicans a way to try and frame the nation’s oil-and-gas production boom on their terms.

The White House has been taking every opportunity to point out milestones in U.S. oil production, like last week’s news that the nation pumped more oil than it imported in October for the first time in nearly two decades.

But White House critics note the boom has been fueled by the surge in development on state and private lands — not the federally owned parcels where government influence is greatest.

Expect to hear a lot about that in coming days. A separate GOP bill on the House floor this week would thwart Interior’s plans to toughen regulation of hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian lands.



Kerry, Murkowski to meet on Arctic

Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryWesley Clark says Trump not serving in Vietnam 'might have been for the best' in light of Russian bounty reports Juan Williams: Time for boldness from Biden The Memo: Trump's 2020 path gets steeper MORE and Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiSenators will have access to intelligence on Russian bounties on US troops Overnight Defense: Lawmakers demand answers on reported Russian bounties for US troops deaths in Afghanistan | Defense bill amendments target Germany withdrawal, Pentagon program giving weapons to police Senators push to limit transfer of military-grade equipment to police MORE (R-Alaska) are slated to meet Tuesday at Foggy Bottom.

They’ll discuss the Arctic, according to State.

Biofuels defenders strike back

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowACLU calls on Congress to approve COVID-19 testing for immigrants Senators press IRS chief on stimulus check pitfalls Democrats warn Biden against releasing SCOTUS list MORE (D-Mich.) will join officials from the biofuels industry to talk about the future of "advanced" biofuels (i.e., not corn ethanol).

The event, hosted by the think tank Third Way, arrives days after the Environmental Protection Agency proposed scaling back the national biofuels mandate, drawing strong criticism from the industry and Capitol Hill backers — Stabenow included.

“I urge the administration to take a hard look at how this could seriously set back growth at a crucial time when tremendous progress is being made toward commercial-scale production of advanced biofuels,” she said Friday.

More broadly, look for ethanol and other biofuels interest to muster all their forces against the EPA's draft decision in coming weeks and months.

Focus on minorities in energy

On Tuesday, the Energy Department is partnering with Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) to host the Congressional Forum on Minorities in Energy.

Speakers include Rush; the DOE’s Dimitri Kusnezov, chief scientist and senior adviser; Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the top Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and several others.

The event is part of the Minorities in Energy Initiative within te department's Office of Economic Impact and Diversity.

It “links together academia, industry, government and nonprofits to provide individual perspectives on addressing challenges in the areas of energy economic development, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and climate change,” the department said.

Shale energy, manufacturing coalition launches

Tuesday brings the launch of the American Shale & Manufacturing Partnership at the National Press Club.

Speakers include representatives of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers, the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental & Reinforcing Iron Workers, and others.

The partnership bills itself as a “a diverse group of organizations and industries united in their singular goal of realizing an American manufacturing renaissance.”

House panel convenes on energy permitting bill

A House Energy and Commerce Committee panel will gather for the opening of a markup on legislation to speed up permitting of cross-border energy projects in North America.



Top United Nations climate chief on Monday told the coal industry to get on the renewable energy bandwagon and leave the remaining coal reserves in the ground, The Associated Press reported.

Christiana Figueres spoke at a coal summit nearby the United Nations climate conference in Warsaw, Poland.

"They really need to do a major, major rethink," Figueres said to reporters later Monday at the U.N. conference, AP reports. 

"So I don't expect them to stand up immediately and go,`We are ready for the challenge right now,' but I do expect them to take the message very seriously," Figueres said.

U.S. climate envoy Todd Stern joined in Monday as well. Stern said all countries need to steer away from fossil-fuel sources in order to "get a grip on climate change."

AP has the full story here.



BP on Monday released large amounts of environmental data used during Gulf of Mexico cleanup efforts, The Houston Chronicle reported.

Bloomberg reports Typhoon Haiyan continues to fuel the debate on compensation for poor nations when battling climate-related disasters. A proposal that the U.S. and European Union appear to be resisting at the climate talks in Poland.



Here are stories that ran on E2-Wire on Monday ...

- Energy Secretary: Oil boom won't fuel isolationism
- Federal data: 2013 seventh-hottest year on record thus far
- Nuke agency resumes Yucca Mountain review
- Poll: Many think Obama closed parks as stunt
- Americans for Prosperity cheers 'fracking' bill
- Energy agency official: On climate, oil sands aren't the big problem


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