The Economic and Health Consequences of Climate Change

Wed, 15 May 2019 14:00:00 GMT

U.S. Department of the Interior Budget and Policy Priorities for FY 2020

Wed, 15 May 2019 14:00:00 GMT

Witness:
  • David Bernhardt, Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior

Wildfire Resilient Communities

Thu, 09 May 2019 14:00:00 GMT

Witnesses:
  • Dr. Ray Rasker, Executive Director, Headwater Economics, Bozeman, Montana
  • Dr. Steve Quarles, University of California Cooperative Extension Advisor Emeritus and Chief Scientist (retired), Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety
  • Marko Bey, Executive Director, Lomakatsi Restoration Project, Ashland, Oregon
  • Patti Hirami, Acting Deputy Chief for State and Private Forestry, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Brian Veerkamp, District 3 Supervisor, El Dorado County, Placerville, CA
  • House Natural Resources Committee
    National Parks, Forests and Public Lands Subcommittee 1324 Longworth
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The President's FY 2020 Budget Request for the USDA Forest Service

Tue, 09 Apr 2019 14:00:00 GMT

  • Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee 366 Dirksen
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The Need for Leadership to Combat Climate Change and Protect National Security

Tue, 09 Apr 2019 14:00:00 GMT

  • House Oversight and Government Reform Committee 2154 Rayburn
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The Status of the Rebuilding and Privatization of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority

Tue, 09 Apr 2019 14:00:00 GMT

Nomination of David Bernhardt to be Secretary of Interior, and other nominations

Thu, 04 Apr 2019 14:00:00 GMT

The purpose of the business meeting is to consider the following nominations:

  • David Bernhardt to be Secretary of the Interior
  • Susan Combs to be Assistant Secretary of the Interior (Policy, Management and Budget)
  • Aimee Kathryn Mikolajek Jorjani to be Chair of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.
  • Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee 366 Dirksen
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Budget: Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement

Thu, 04 Apr 2019 13:30:00 GMT

Witnesses
  • House Appropriations Committee
    Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee 2008 Rayburn
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Generation Climate: Young Leaders Urge Climate Action Now

Thu, 04 Apr 2019 13:00:00 GMT

The House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis will hold its first hearing on Thursday, April 4th. In contrast to a typical Congressional hearing, the committee will hear from young leaders who are urging policymakers to take climate action now and finally address the climate crisis.

Witnesses
  • Aji Piper, Plaintiff, Juliana v. United States
  • Chris J. Suggs, Student and activist, Kinston, NC
  • Melody Zhang, Climate Justice Campaign Coordinator, Sojourners, Co-Chair, Young Evangelicals for Climate Action
  • Lindsay Cooper, Policy Analyst, Office of the Governor of Louisiana, Office of Coastal Activities

Budget: Science, Energy, and Environmental Management Programs

Wed, 03 Apr 2019 17:45:00 GMT

Marcy Kaptur Opening Statement

The Subcommittee will come to order as we begin our hearing on the Department of Energy’s fiscal year 2020 budget request with respect to its energy, science, and nuclear cleanup programs. Thank you, to both Under Secretaries Mr. Menezes and Mr. Dabbar, for being here. DOE addresses our nation’s most pressing energy, environmental, and nuclear security challenges through transformative science and technology. But the Trump Administration’s budget request drastically reduces or eliminates the very programs necessary for the Department to pursue its mission.

DOE’s budget request is 11 percent below last year’s levels, with most cuts in the non-defense side of the Department. In fact, non-defense programs (relating mostly to the innovation programs) are cut by 37 percent while defense programs are increased by 4 percent.

As I said last week at our hearing with Secretary Perry, this request is riddled with wrongheaded proposals:
  • Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy funding is cut by 86 percent. EERE’s research over the last nearly four decades has invented the future – it has driven down the costs of clean energy technologies that save consumers money and reduce carbon pollution. For example, since 2008, the cost of wind energy has dropped by 75%, electric vehicle batteries by 79%, and LED light bulbs by 94%.
  • Further, this budget yet again eliminates the Weatherization Program, which has a direct, positive impact on the lives and pocketbooks of Americans, particularly elderly and low-income Americans. At a time when one in five households have had to forego necessities to pay energy bills, the Weatherization Program saves average citizens – our taxpayers – hundreds of dollars per home annually.
  • Funding for the Office of Science—the nation’s largest federal supporter of basic research in the physical sciences—is cut by over $1 billion. These programs invest in foundational science to address national needs, promote scientific discovery, and develop 21st Century tools. In fact, this research has yielded over 100 Nobel prizes. And its researchers have made key scientific advances ranging from solar energy and batteries, to inventing new materials, to decoding DNA. Those all are “wows” historically speaking.
  • Finally, this request cuts Environmental Management by over $700 million and thus fails to meet our moral and legal obligation to clean up the nuclear legacy of nuclear weapons production and government research.

In addition to opposing these destructive cuts, I want to be clear that we will not support the use of budget gimmicks, in this case, the use of prior year balances to fund future projects. Last week we heard from Secretary Perry, who repeatedly committed to executing Congressional intent as directed. This means DOE must continue to execute its dollars appropriately and expeditiously. This Subcommittee will be closely monitoring this implementation.

The energy future of our country depends on DOE’s vital investments to solve our toughest energy challenges. The President’s budget request harms America’s energy future, our competitiveness, our consumers, and our economy. The Trump budget also falls short in meeting our obligations to the communities that have sacrificed, and still bear the brunt of costs borne from winning World War II.

With that, I’ll close my remarks. Thank you, Mr. Menezes and Mr. Dabbar, for being here today. We look forward to discussing the Department’s budget request and adapting it accordingly. I would like to turn to our Ranking Member, Mr. Simpson for his opening remarks.

Witnesses
  • Paul Dabbar, Under Secretary for Science, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Mark Menezes, Under Secretary for Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
  • House Appropriations Committee
    Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Subcommittee 2362-B Rayburn
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