Week ahead: Lawmakers put spotlight on energy infrastructure

Week ahead: Lawmakers put spotlight on energy infrastructure

A House panel is turning its attention to the state of the country's energy infrastructure in a hearing in the coming week.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Energy, led by Rep. Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonEquilibrium/ Sustainability — Presented by NextEra Energy — West Coast wildfires drive East Coast air quality alerts OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Western wildfires prompt evacuations in California, Oregon| House passes bill requiring EPA to regulate 'forever chemicals' in drinking water | Granholm announces new building energy codes House passes bill requiring EPA to regulate 'forever chemicals' in drinking water MORE (R-Mich.), is hoping for a broad discussion about pipelines, transmission lines, hydropower and more, and what Congress should do to improve the infrastructure.

"Modernizing the nation's energy infrastructure should play an integral role in any sort of infrastructure plan moving forward," Upton said in a statement.

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"I look forward to learning more about the current state of our energy infrastructure and what more we can do to make meaningful improvements both now and in the future."

Many lawmakers, along with the energy industry, hope that as Congress considers President TrumpDonald TrumpPoll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Biden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe Has Trump beaten the system? MORE's infrastructure plan unveiled earlier this year, they'll include provisions to spur building and improvement of energy infrastructure.

Infrastructure in general gets bipartisan support, but Democrats and the GOP are likely to clash over issues like changing environmental review procedures and financing.

The hearing is set for Tuesday.

Also on Tuesday, the House Natural Resources Committee's energy and mineral resources subpanel, chaired by Rep. Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarOvernight Health Care: CDC director warns of 'pandemic of the unvaccinated' | Biden says social media platforms 'killing people' | Florida accounts for 20 percent of new cases Hillicon Valley: Biden: Social media platforms 'killing people' | Tech executives increased political donations amid lobbying push | Top House antitrust Republican forms 'Freedom from Big Tech Caucus' Top House antitrust Republican forms 'Freedom from Big Tech Caucus' MORE (R-Ariz.), will discuss liquefied natural gas exports and their impact on geopolitics.

The administration has identified gas exports as a key element of Trump's "energy dominance" agenda. The administration wants to increase energy exports and use the exports to further United States geopolitical goals.

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Energy Secretary Rick PerryRick PerryFormer Texas Supreme Court justice jumps into state's AG Republican primary race Texas governor signs 'fetal heartbeat' abortion bill Tomorrow's special election in Texas is the Democrats' best House hope in 2021 MORE has frequently stated that the administration believes when the United States exports gas, it's "exporting freedom."

On Wednesday, the Energy Committee's oversight panel was set to examine the state of Puerto Rico's electric grid rebuilding, but that hearing has been postponed. It's been five months since Hurricane Maria devastated the island and its grid, but many communities are still without power. 

On the other side of Capitol Hill, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold a hearing Thursday on the administration's plan for rebuilding infrastructure. It is the panel's first meeting on infrastructure since Trump put out his infrastructure plan.

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has its own hearing on Thursday, looking into the state of cybersecurity in the nation's critical energy infrastructure.

 

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