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Earth
Senate Committee hears testimony on America’s role in the UN Climate Conference
Date: Wednesday, July 8, 2015
On July 8, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee heard testimony on the Administration’s plans for the 2015 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris. As part of the conference, the Obama Administration intends to commit America to reducing carbon emissions by 26 percent by 2025.
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Icebergs in Greeland
House Natural Resources subcommittee holds hearing on proposed Arctic drilling regulations
Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2015
The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on “Arctic Resources and American Competitiveness” to discuss exploratory oil and gas drilling on the Arctic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).
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U.S. Supreme Court building
BLM’s new hydraulic fracturing rules postponed pending court decision
Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2015
A federal judge for the U.S. District Court of Wyoming has placed a hold on the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) new rules for hydraulic fracturing on federal lands.
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Capitol at night
Federal Register - June 2015
A list of notices from the federal register for June 2015 from agencies including the Department of the Interior, USGS, NOAA, NASA, and more.
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IES Water Glyph
House bill addresses water infrastructure and drought mitigation in California and the West
Date: Thursday, June 25, 2015
On June 25, Representative David Valadao (R-CA) introduced H.R. 2898, entitled the “Western Water and American Food Security Act,” in an effort mitigate the impacts of the drought in California and other Western states.
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U.S. Capitol with flag
Energy Information Administration testifies on EPA Clean Power Plan to House Science, Space, and Technology subcommittees
Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2015
On June 24, the House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittees on Energy and the Environment held a joint hearing on the impacts of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP) on the energy sector. The hearing focused on a new Energy Information Administration (EIA) report on the effectiveness of the CPP.
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Drilling rig
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds series of hearings on massive energy legislation package
Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2015
On June 9, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee completed its series of four hearings related to a new energy bill spearheaded by Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). Legislators on both sides of the aisle have proposed 114 bills spanning energy efficiency, infrastructure, supply, and accountability and reform to be considered as a part of Murkowski’s larger energy legislation package, which she hopes to have completed before the end of the summer.
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Capitol at night
Senate Appropriations passes Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies spending bill
Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2015
On June 16, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a $30 billion spending bill for Interior, Environment, and related agencies, which contains cuts to EPA funding.
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Capitol at night
Senate Appropriations passes FY 2016 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies bill
Date: Thursday, June 11, 2015
On June 11, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed its Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) funding bill for fiscal year (FY) 2016, one week after the House passed its own CJS bill.
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