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OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Senate sees end in sight for Keystone

FINISH LINE: Senators are saying they can see the finish line to the Keystone XL debate, and are aiming for a final vote to approve the project on Thursday.

Sen. Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellDemocrats seem unlikely to move against Feinstein Hillicon Valley: Senate panel votes to subpoena Big Tech executives | Amazon says over 19,000 workers tested positive for COVID-19 | Democrats demand DHS release report warning of election interference Senate panel votes to subpoena Big Tech executives MORE (D-Wash.) said she thinks everything can be wrapped up this week with a few more amendment votes on Thursday.

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The Senate voted Wednesday afternoon and into the evening on a series of 14 amendments after two were withdrawn. All but one failed. An amendment offered by Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate to vote Monday to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court Cunningham, Tillis locked in tight race in North Carolina: poll 51 percent want Barrett seated on Supreme Court: poll MORE (R-Maine) on energy retrofitting of schools passed by voice vote. 

On Thursday, the Senate will vote on at least six more amendments to the bill and then likely hold the final vote.  

Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiSenate to vote Monday to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court Senate GOP eyes Oct. 26 for confirming Barrett to Supreme Court This week: Clock ticks on chance for coronavirus deal MORE (R-Alaska) said on the Senate floor late Wednesday that she expected final passage after the last amendments agreed to were voted on. 

A Senate GOP aide also said the majority is looking to move to final passage on Thursday, ending a debate that lasted four weeks. 

The bill is expected to pass with 63 senators indicating support for authorizing the $8 billion oil sands project. 

It will be the first item sent to President Obama's desk from the new Republican-controlled Senate. Obama is expected to veto it, sticking by his argument that the process must be allowed to finish. 

LNG EXPORTS: The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing Thursday on a bill to expedite approvals for liquefied natural gas exports. The bills, sponsored by Sens. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoHillicon Valley: Senate panel votes to subpoena Big Tech executives | Amazon says over 19,000 workers tested positive for COVID-19 | Democrats demand DHS release report warning of election interference GOP senators call on Trump to oppose nationalizing 5G Energy innovation bill can deliver jobs and climate progress MORE (R-Wyo.) and Martin HeinrichMartin Trevor HeinrichSenate Democrats demand White House fire controversial head of public lands agency Senate Democrats seek removal of controversial public lands head after nomination withdrawal Five takeaways from final Senate Intel Russia report MORE (D-N.M.) would set a 45-day limit on the Energy Department’s national interest review process for exports. Witnesses will include the Energy Department’s Christopher Smith and representatives of various stakeholders, including industrial energy users, natural gas developers and manufacturers. 

Rest of Thursday's agenda...

EnergyNet is hosting its summit on the United States's Power Africa initiative. Energy Secretary Ernest MonizErnest Jeffrey MonizOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Dems press Trump consumer safety nominee on chemical issues | Lawmakers weigh how to help struggling energy industry | 180 Democrats ask House leadership for clean energy assistance Lawmakers weigh how to help struggling energy industry The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Surgeon General stresses need to invest much more in public health infrastructure, during and after COVID-19; Fauci hopeful vaccine could be deployed in December MORE and Overseas Private Investment Corporation President Elizabeth Littlefield will both speak, along with various company executives and energy ministers from multiple African countries. 

National Council for Science and the Environment will host the last day of its National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy, and the Environment. Thursday’s events include speeches by White House science adviser John Holdren and French ambassador to the United States Gerard Araud, along with panels on sustainable energy and the United Nations climate meeting in Paris in December. 

The Bipartisan Policy Center will host a forum to hear perspectives from many different stakeholders on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed carbon limits for power plants. It will include representatives of environment groups, states, utilities and outside groups, among others. 

Sam Batkins, director of regulatory reform at the American Action Forum will speak at a National Economists Club event on the EPA’s power plant proposal. 

NEWS BITE: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ruled that biodiesel from Argentina can be used toward fuel refiners' obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard.

The National Biodiesel Board blasted the decision, saying it will harm the domestic biodiesel industry that is already suffering because of the EPA's delays in setting volume mandates.

"This decision poses a tremendous threat to U.S. industry and jobs, not to mention the overriding goal of the RFS of developing clean, homegrown renewable fuels," Anne Steckel, the group's vice president of federal affairs, said in a statement. 

AROUND THE WEB: 

New York is going to allow liquefied natural gas storage sites in the state for the first time since the 1970s, the Journal News reports

Chevron Corp., BP and ConocoPhillips Co. are partnering on a series of Gulf of Mexico offshore drilling leases, Reuters reports

Scotland has put a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing while it carries out environmental and health studies on the practice, BBC News reports

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

Check out Wednesday's stories... 

- House panel agrees to prioritize climate change

- Feds seeking more information from oil exporters

- Longest streak of falling gas prices ends

- House passes bill to speed up liquefied natural gas exports

- McConnell plans vote-a-thon to finish Keystone XL

- Conservatives mobilize against gas hike

- White House takes dim view on bill to speed up gas exports

- Senate set to vote Wednesday on 18 Keystone amendments

- NTSB find systemic problems in gas pipeline oversight

 

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