Democratic News

  • On Wednesday, Feb. 6, the full committee will welcome Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman at an oversight hearing on the President’s proposed FY 2009 budget for the U.S. Department of Energy.   (Dirksen 366 at 10:00 a.m.)
  • On Thursday, Feb. 7, the full committee will have an oversight hearing on the energy markets effects of the recently enacted renewable fuel standard.  Witnesses include Alexander Karsner, assistant secretary, energy efficiency and renewable energy, Department of Energy; Robert Meyers, principal deputy assistant administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, Environmental Protection Agency;  Carol Werner, executive director, Environmental and Energy Study Institute; Charlie Drevna, executive vice president, National Petrochemical and Refiners Association; Michael McAdams, executive director, Advanced Biofuels Coalition; Bob Dinneen, president, Renewable Fuels Association; Brian Jennings, executive vice president, American Coalition for Ethanol.  (Dirksen 366 at 9:30 a.m.)
 
Weekly Bonus …
 
Did you know that the Federal government owns 29% of all the territory in the U.S.?  The public lands – mostly in the West – are dominated by tundra, mountains, forests, grasslands and deserts.  You may be surprised to learn that Uncle Sam owns about 85% of Nevada … 69% of Alaska … 57% of Utah … 53% of Oregon … 50% of Idaho … 48% of Arizona … 45% of California … 42% of Wyoming … 42% of New Mexico … and 37% of Colorado.  Now you know why Senate Energy & Natural Resources has always been a prized committee assignment for Western state senators.
 
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