OVERNIGHT ENERGY: House GOP outlines energy plan

GOP READIES ENERGY PLATFORM: House Republicans Monday unveiled a four-part policy framework to guide them in writing comprehensive energy legislation.

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The policies include making it easier to build infrastructure like pipelines, better training a workforce for energy jobs and improving accountability in regulatory agencies, said House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and energy and power subcommittee chairman Ed WhitfieldWayne (Ed) Edward WhitfieldBottom Line Why Republicans took aim at an ethics watchdog What Azerbaijan wants from Israel? MORE (R-Ky.)

"Today's energy policies are lagging far behind and are better suited for the gas lines in the 1970s than this new era of abundance," the leaders said. "We need policies that meet today's needs and are focused on the future, and that starts with building the Architecture of Abundance

Read more here.

PREPARED TO VETO: With the House expected to vote this week to approve the Senate's Keystone XL bill, President Obama is preparing the biggest veto of his career.

The veto, first threatened in January and later reiterated, would be the first since 2010 and only the third of his presidency.

Environmentalists and Keystone opponents expect the veto to come with little fanfare, but they know that they'll still have to lobby Obama to reject the pipeline.

He's unlikely to follow presidents like Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonTrump sues to block NY prosecutors' subpoena for his tax returns Most voters say there is too much turnover in Trump administration RNC spokeswoman on 2020 GOP primary cancellations: 'This is not abnormal' MORE, who brought a brass band to the Rose Garden to veto a bill, or George W. Bush, who posed for photos of families to veto a bill to ease embryonic stem-cell research.

For Republicans, the rejection of the bill to approve Keystone will help cement Obama's legacy of obstructionism and opposition to job-creating policies.

Read more on what to expect from Obama's veto here.

ON TAP TUESDAY I: The House Rules Committee will meet Tuesday for a procedural vote on the Senate's bill to Keystone XL pipeline, which includes some amendments from the House bill passed last month.

ON TAP TUESDAY II: The Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) will continue its annual Energy Innovation Summit Tuesday. The day's events include speeches by Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump eyes narrowly focused response to Iran attacks Kavanaugh impeachment push hits Capitol buzz saw Senate GOP pledges to oppose any efforts to 'pack' Supreme Court MORE (D-R.I.), ARPA-E Director Ellen Williams and Brian Deese, the current deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget and an incoming adviser to President Obama on climate.

Rest of Tuesday's agenda ...

The Electric Drive Transportation Association will start its Electric Drive Congress Tuesday. It will feature events from Sens. Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperInstead of raising the gas tax, stop wasting money on frivolous projects To stave off a recession, let's pass a transportation infrastructure bill Overnight Energy: Trump tweets he's revoking California's tailpipe waiver | Move comes as Trump visits state | California prepares for court fight | Climate activist Greta Thunberg urges lawmakers to listen to scientists MORE (D-Del.) and Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleyOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Walmart to stop selling e-cigarettes | Senators press FDA to pull most e-cigarettes immediately | House panel tees up e-cig hearing for next week Bipartisan group of senators urges FDA to pull most e-cigarettes immediately Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi unveils signature plan to lower drug prices | Trump says it's 'great to see' plan | Progressives pushing for changes MORE (D-Ore.), as well as events featuring Energy Department officials and private sector leaders.

The National Academy of Sciences will release research Tuesday on climate intervention strategies like carbon removal.

NEWS BITES:

A visit from the FBI ... The FBI has been visiting and contacting activists who protest development of Canada's oil sands and the Keystone XL pipeline meant to carry the oil, the Canadian Press reports.

"They appear to be interested in actions around the tarsands and the Keystone XL pipeline," Larry Hildes told the Canadian Press.

FBI investigators aren't saying much, but the protesters haven't been charged with crimes.

One investigator said the contact is based on Deep Green Resistance, a radical environmental group with which many of the protesters disagree.

Biodiesel ... A bipartisan group of 32 Senators wrote to the Environmental Protection Agency Monday to push it to issue the 2014 biodiesel blending mandate, which is 15 months late.

"The recent delay has only compounded the effects from the November 2013 [renewable fuel standard proposed rule which did not adequately reflect biodiesel production levels. These actions continue to create tremendous uncertainty and hardship for the U.S. biodiesel industry and its thousands of employees," they wrote.

The senators, led by Sens. Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampThe Hill's Morning Report — Biden steadies in third debate as top tier remains the same Trump wins 60 percent approval in rural areas of key states Pence to push new NAFTA deal in visit to Iowa MORE (D-N.D.), Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntClarence Thomas, Joe Manchin, Rudy Giuliani among guests at second state visit under Trump McConnell support for election security funds leaves Dems declaring victory Paul objection snags confirmation of former McConnell staffer MORE (R-Mo.), Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayDemocrats hit Scalia over LGBTQ rights EXCLUSIVE: Swing-state voters oppose 'surprise' medical bill legislation, Trump pollster warns Overnight Health Care: Juul's lobbying efforts fall short as Trump moves to ban flavored e-cigarettes | Facebook removes fact check from anti-abortion video after criticism | Poll: Most Democrats want presidential candidate who would build on ObamaCare MORE (D-Wash.) and Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi unveils signature plan to lower drug prices | Trump says it's 'great to see' plan | Progressives pushing for changes Trump: 'Great to see' Pelosi plan to lower drug prices Pelosi unveils signature plan to lower drug prices MORE (R-Iowa), cited National Biodiesel Board statistics that nearly eight in 10 biodiesel producers have scaled back production because of the proposal to keep the 2014 blending mandate at the 2013 level.

AROUND THE WEB:

A federal judge dismissed a coal industry lawsuit that accused the Tennessee Valley Authority of not properly evaluating the environmental impact of switching a western Kentucky coal-fired power plant to natural gas, the Associated Press reports.

Boston has so much snow that Mayor Martin Walsh is considering dumping it in Boston Harbor, an action that's usually illegal, the Boston Herald reports.

Thousands marched in Oakland, Calif., this weekend to urge California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) to ban fracking, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

- Poll: Most Hispanics concerned about climate change
- Feds launch $2M bid to save monarch butterflies
- GOP plans for 'era of abundance' in energy
- White House to GOP: Administration followed law for flood order
- Oil industry slams 'restrictive' offshore drilling plan
- House GOP to unveil energy policy agenda
- Liberal group: Higher leasing fees would help coal country
Pentagon has 'no objection' to Keystone
- Obama prepares for divisive veto

 

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