OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Key vote for Haaland's confirmation | Update on oil and gas leasing | SEC update on climate-related risk disclosure requirements

OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Key vote for Haaland's confirmation | Update on oil and gas leasing | SEC update on climate-related risk disclosure requirements
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HELPING HER GO HAAL THE WAY: Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinFive hurdles Democrats face to pass an infrastructure bill Nixed Interior nominee appointed to different department role  Against mounting odds, Biden seeks GOP support for infrastructure plan MORE (D-W.Va.), a key Senate swing vote, announced on Wednesday that he will vote in favor of confirming Rep. Deb HaalandDeb HaalandNixed Interior nominee appointed to different department role  OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Dakota Access pipeline to remain in operation despite calls for shutdown | Biden hopes to boost climate spending by B | White House budget proposes .4B for environmental justice Haaland return sets up Biden decision on Utah national monuments shrunk by Trump MORE (D-N.M.) to lead the Interior Department. 

“While we do not agree on every issue, she reaffirmed her strong commitment to bipartisanship, addressing the diverse needs of our country and maintaining our nation’s energy independence,” Manchin said in a statement. 

“I believe Deb Haaland will be a Secretary of the Interior for every American and will vote to confirm her,” he added. 

Manchin was seen as a crucial vote for Haaland after he announced his opposition to Neera TandenNeera TandenFive ways an obscure Senate ruling could change Washington 2024 GOP White House hopefuls lead opposition to Biden Cabinet White House delays release of budget plan MORE's nomination as President BidenJoe BidenIRS to roll out payments for ,000 child tax credit in July Capitol Police told not to use most aggressive tactics in riot response, report finds Biden to accompany first lady to appointment for 'common medical procedure' MORE's budget chief. 

Haaland, a favorite among progressives, has come under scrutiny by conservatives for her stances on pipelines as well as on a controversial oil and gas extraction method called fracking. 

Manchin is not only the evenly split Senate’s swing vote, he also chairs the committee that oversaw Haaland’s nomination, so his support is particularly important to her advancement. 

Read more about Manchin’s decision here.



EVENTUALLY, A NEW LEASE ON LIFE (OR JUST ON PUBLIC LANDS): Interior Secretary nominee Deb Haaland said on Wednesday that President Biden’s pause on new oil and gas leasing is a temporary measure and won't be a "permanent thing."

“This pause ... It’s just that, it’s a pause. It’s not going to be a permanent thing where we’re saying we’re restricting all these lands from something,” Haaland said in response to a question on the moratorium from Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeBiden sparks bipartisan backlash on Afghanistan withdrawal  Hillicon Valley: Biden nominates former NSA deputy director to serve as cyber czar | Apple to send witness to Senate hearing after all | Biden pressed on semiconductor production amid shortage Apple to send witness to Senate hearing after pushback from Klobuchar, Lee MORE (R-Utah). 


Read more about what Haaland had to say during Day Two of her confirmation hearing here. 


OPEN UP AND (DIS)CLOSE: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced Wednesday that it will update its guidelines on how publicly traded companies should disclose climate change-related risks to investors.

Acting SEC Chair Allison Herren Lee said in a Wednesday statement that the commission will review how companies were complying with its 2010 guidelines, discuss climate-related disclosures with firms and analyze how the stock market is handling climate risks. The SEC will then update those guidelines, likely expanding on how much information companies are expected to disclose about the risks climate change poses to their business.

“Now more than ever, investors are considering climate-related issues when making their investment decisions. It is our responsibility to ensure that they have access to material information when planning for their financial future,” said Lee, a Democrat appointed by former President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to move ahead with billion UAE weapons sale approved by Trump Fox News hires high-profile defense team in Dominion defamation lawsuit Associate indicted in Gaetz scandal cooperating with DOJ: report MORE.

Lee’s announcement is the SEC’s first step toward expanding the scope of information publicly traded companies are expected to reveal about their vulnerability to climate change. The SEC was widely expected to boost its emphasis on climate-related disclosures after President Biden’s election, which gave Democrats a chance to establish a majority at the independent agency.

Read more about the announcement here. 


PAYING THE PRICE: Texas’s deregulated electricity market has raised costs to consumers by $28 billion since 2004, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis published Wednesday.

The analysis found that consumers purchasing power from the deregulated electricity market have paid significantly more than state residents whose sources were traditional electric utilities.


The report comes after widespread power outages in Texas that left millions of residents without power for days amid freezing temperatures.

Read more about the analysis here. 


CONFIRMATION WATCH: The Senate on Wednesday voted 67-32 to limit debate on the nomination of Jennifer GranholmJennifer GranholmThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - Congress returns; infrastructure takes center stage Sunday shows - Infrastructure dominates Senate Republican targets infrastructure package's effect on small business job creators MORE to lead the Energy Department, setting up a quicker route for her confirmation. 

QUOTE OF NOTE: William BurnsWilliam BurnsOvernight Defense: Biden makes his Afghanistan decision Intel assessment warns of increasing threats from China, Russia Hillicon Valley: Intel heads to resume threats hearing scrapped under Trump | New small business coalition to urge action on antitrust policy | Amazon backs corporate tax hike to pay for infrastructure MORE, Biden’s pick to lead the CIA, said that it’s in China’s best interest to cooperate with the U.S. on climate change, when asked by Sen. Ben SasseBen SasseBipartisan lawmakers signal support for Biden cybersecurity picks To encourage innovation, Congress should pass two bills protecting important R&D tax provision Maine GOP rejects motion to censure Collins MORE (R-Neb.) about the potential to take pressure off the Asian nation on other issues in order to make gains on climate. 

“I just think it's important for the United States to view cooperation with China on climate issues is not a favor to the United States, it's in the self interest of China to do that,  so in other words, it's not something to be traded. It's in the self interest of China as well to work on these issues and it's important for us to be clear eyed about that as I'm sure the President and Secretary Kerry will be,” Burns said. 




  • The House Agriculture Committee will hold a hearing on climate change and the U.S. agriculture and forestry sectors
  • The House Appropriations Committee will hold a hearing on strategies for energy and climate innovation



House Republicans held secret climate summit in Utah, The Washington Examiner reports

California sued over its oil and gas permitting practices, The Palm Springs Desert Sun reports

Orphaned South Dakota Gas Wells Could Soon Power Bitcoin Mining, South Dakota Public Broadcasting reports

Arctic ice loss forces polar bears to use four times as much energy to survive – study, The Guardian reports



ICYMI:Stories from Wednesday (and Tuesday night)…

Trudeau swipes at Trump: US leadership on climate 'has been sorely missed'

Manchin will back Haaland's confirmation

Haaland on drilling lease moratorium: 'It's not going to be a permanent thing'

Texas's deregulated electricity market raised consumer costs by $28B: WSJ

SEC to update climate-related risk disclosure requirements



The disasters keep coming but not the funds for FEMA, write Edward Johnson, former FEMA chief financial officer and Elizabeth Zimmerman, former FEMA associate administrator.

Our national forests can help us or they can burn us — again, writes Bill Imbergamo, the executive director of the Federal Forest Resource Coalition.