Democratic News

 
  • On Tuesday, June 5, the full committee will hear testimony on the preparedness of the Federal land management agencies for the 2007 wildfire season, and on recent reports on the agencies’ efforts to contain the costs of wildfire management activities.   Witnesses include The Honorable Mark Rey, undersecretary for natural resources and the environment, Department of Agriculture; James Cason (invited), associate deputy secretary, Department of the Interior; Robin Nazzaro, director for Natural Resources and the Environment, Government Accountability Office; and Dr. Robert Hyde, project director, Brookings Institution Center for Executive Education.  (Dirksen 366 at 10:00 a.m.)
  • On Wednesday, June 6, the Subcommittee on Water and Power will hear testimony on the impacts of climate change on water supply and availability in the United States, and on related issues from a water-use perspective.  Witnesses include Dr. Philip W. Mote, climatologist,  University of Washington; Bradley Udall, director, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences; Dr. Christopher Milly, research hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey; Patrick O’Toole, president, Family Farm Alliance; Tim Brick, chairman, The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; Jack Williams, senior scientist, Trout Unlimited; Tim Culbertson, National Hydropower Association; and Dr. Terry Fulp, area manager, Boulder Canyon Operations Office, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.  (Dirksen 366 at 2:30 p.m.)

  • On Thursday, June 7, the full committee will receive testimony on Alternate Energy-Related Uses on the Outer Continental Shelf:  Opportunities, Issues and Implementation of Section 388 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.  Witnesses include The Honorable C. Stephen Allred, assistant secretary for land and mineral management, Department of the Interior; J. Mark Robinson, director of the office of energy projects, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; Michael Grainey, director, Oregon Department of Energy; Jason Bak, CEO, Finavera Renewables, Inc.; and Jaime Steve, legislative director, American Wind Energy Association.  (Dirksen 366 at 9:30 a.m.)

Weekly Bonus …

Coming Soon: Senate floor action on a new energy bill, S.1419.  For reporters who want to better understand the genealogy of the 277-page “Renewable Fuels, Consumer Protection and Energy Efficiency Act of 2007,” here’s its lineage:

Leader Reid has bundled together, into a single bill, legislation that had been reported by four separate committees: Energy, Commerce, EPW and Foreign Relations.  All of these committee-reported bills enjoy broad bipartisan support.  Titles I (Biofuels), II (Efficiency) and III (Carbon Capture & Storage) are products of the Energy Committee.  Previously, they comprised S.1321.  These three ENR titles represent 2/3rd of the content of the new energy bill; the remaining 1/3rd is text reported by Commerce, EPW and Foreign Relations.

Title IV (Public Buildings Cost Reduction) comes from S.992, reported by EPW.  Titles V (CAFE) and VI (Price Gouging) come from S.357, reported by Commerce Committee.  Title VII (Energy Diplomacy and Security) comes from S.193, reported by Foreign Relations.  Hope this family tree helps.



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