OIL EXPORT VOTE BY AUGUST RECESS: Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) plans to bring her oil export bill to a vote in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee by the August recess.
Murkowski told reporters Thursday that the bill would be rolled together with three bills that would increase offshore drilling of the Gulf, Atlantic and Alaska coasts and provide for state revenue sharing.
"[Offshore] revenue sharing and oil exports are very keen priorities of mine," she said. "I do a have a bill, it's a consolidated bill, and it's my intention that bill will move through the committee markup process before we adjourn for the August break."
Lifting the 40-year-old ban on exporting crude oil is a priority for Murkowski, but she left it out of the bipartisan energy package that she introduced Wednesday, since Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) does not endorse the proposal.
Murkowski said the vote on her bill would not be Tuesday, when the larger energy bill will start its markup.
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BUSH: END ENERGY SUBSIDIES: Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said this week that he supports ending all energy subsidies, including those for fossil fuels.
"I think we should phase out, through tax reform, the tax credits for wind, for solar, for the oil and gas sector, for all that stuff," the former governor of Florida told a questioner at a campaign event in New Hampshire, according to a video from the environmental group 350 Action.
Ending oil subsidies is a recurring proposal from environmentalists and green groups. But they're likely to resist his call to cut renewable energy subsidies, something he said gives preferential treatment to certain energy sources.
"I don't think we should pick winners and losers," he said.
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ON TAP FRIDAY: The New Leaders Council will hold its annual National Leadership Retreat. There will be a panel on energy and environment sustainability, and a speech from Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.)
AROUND THE WEB:
The United Kingdom has temporarily lifted a ban on two pesticides that are thought to harm bees, the Guardian reports.
Residents of South Los Angeles are asking Pope Francis to help them fight an oil operation that was shut down two years ago after its emissions sickened people, the Los Angeles Times reports.
A federal appeals court has overturned a $6,500 fine for killing a bald eagle and a hawk, questioning how the federal government calculated the "replacement costs" of the animals, the Times-Picayune reports.
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