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2017-07-11 Report of House Appropriations Committee Advises DOE Not to Use Social Cost of Carbon in Rulemaking Congressional action

    In its report on the 2018 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill, issued on July 11, 2017, the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations indicated that: The Department [of Energy] should not promulgate any regulations in fiscal year 2018 using the May 2013 estimates for the social cost of carbon until a new… read more

2017-05-03 House Bill Introduced to Create a Bipartisan Commission on Climate Action Congressional action

Rep. John Delaney (D-MD-6) introduced H.R.2326 “To accelerate reductions in climate pollution in order to leave a better planet for future generations, and to create a bipartisan commission to develop economically viable policies to achieve science-based emissions reduction targets.”

2017-03-30 Democratic Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Overturn Trump’s Executive Order on Climate Change Congressional action All, BLM, DOI, EPA

Thirty-six house democrats introduced a bill to overturn President Trump’s “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth” order. The “Congressional Leadership in Mitigating Administration Threats to the Earth (CLIMATE) Act” (H.R. 1812) declares the president’s document null and void and would prohibit federal funds for implementing, administering or enforcing it. Democratic senators have also introduced companion legislation.

2017-03-27 Trump Signs Resolution to Repeal BLM Planning 2.0 Rule Congressional action BLM

President Trump signed a CRA resolution to repeal BLM’s Planning 2.0 Rule, a regulation aimed at improve BLM’s ability to respond to changing conditions (including those caused by climate change) and implement landscape-level management approaches that transcend traditional administrative boundaries. With Trump’s approval, the resolution will now become law and the Planning 2.0 rule will be repealed.

2017-03-15 House Republicans Introduce Resolution Calling for Action on Climate Change Congressional action

A group of seventeen House republicans introduced a resolution calling for action on climate change. The resolution acknowledges that human activities contribute to climate and outlines a commitment “to study and address the causes and effects of measured changes to our global and regional climates, including mitigation efforts and efforts to balance human activities that have been found to have an impact.”

2017-03-10 Senate Rejects CRA Resolution to Repeal Methane Waste Rule Congressional action BLM

The Senate voted against a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution (S.J. Res 11) to repeal the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s methane waste prevention rule using the Congressional Review Act (CRA).

2017-03-07 Senate Votes to Repeal BLM Planning 2.0 Rule Congressional action BLM

The Senate passed a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution (H.J. Res. 44) to overturn the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s Planning 2.0 Rule. BLM had adopted the Planning 2.0 rule to improve it’s ability to respond to changing conditions and implement landscape-level management approaches that transcend traditional administrative boundaries. One key goal was to make it easier for BLM to respond and adapt to the impacts of climate change on public lands.

2017-03-01 House Passes SCRUB Act Aimed at Reducing Economically Burdensome Regulations Congressional action All

The House voted to pass H.R. 998, the “Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome (SCRUB) Act.” The Act calls for the establishment of a commission that would review and propose regulations for repeal based on considerations pertaining to the utility and economic impacts of the regulation. It also directs agencies to ensure that the costs of new rules are offset by the repeal of old rules.

2017-02-07 Bill Introduced in House to Eliminate EPA Programs Congressional action EPA

Rep. Johnson (R-TX-3) introduced a bill (H.R.958) “to eliminate certain programs of the Environmental Protection Agency, and for other purposes.”

2017-02-07 House Votes to Repeal BLM Planning 2.0 Rule Congressional action BLM

The House passed a resolution (H.J.Res.44) to overturn the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s Planning 2.0 rule using the Congressional Review Act (CRA).

2017-02-07 Senate Bill Introduced to Allow States to Control Development of Energy Resources on Federal Land Congressional action BLM, USFS

Sen. Inhofe (R-OK) introduced a bill (S.335) to “achieve domestic energy independence by empowering States to control the development and production of all forms of energy on all available Federal land.”

2017-02-07 Senate Bill Introduced to Amend Mineral Leasing Act to Recognize Authority of States to Regulate Oil and Gas Operations Congressional action BLM, OSMRE

Sen. Hatch (R-UT) introduced a bill (S.316) to “amend the Mineral Leasing Act to recognize the authority of States to regulate oil and gas operations and promote American energy security, development, and job creation, and for other purposes.”

2017-02-03 Senate Introduces Resolution to Overturn Cross-State Air Pollution Rule Update to 2008 NAAQS Congressional action EPA

A joint resolution was introduced in the Senate (S.J.Res. 21) to overturn the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) update to the 2008 Ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) using the Congressional Review Act (CRA).

2017-02-03 House Introduces Bill to Terminate Environmental Protection Agency Congressional action EPA

Rep. Gaetz (R-FL-1) introduced a bill (H.R. 861) to terminate the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

2017-02-03 House Approves Resolution to Repeal BLM Methane Rule Congressional action BLM

The House passed a resolution (H.J. Res. 36) to repeal the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s methane waste prevention rule using the Congressional Review Act (CRA).

2017-02-02 Bipartisan Bills Introduced to Streamline Renewable Energy Development on Federal Lands Congressional action BLM, USFS

The “Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act of 2017” was introduced in both the house and senate today (H.R. 825 / S. 282). The bill, which has bipartisan support, is aimed at promoting and streamlining the development of renewable energy resources on public lands.

2017-02-02 House Introduces Resolution to Support Implementation of Paris Pledges Congressional action

A resolution was introduced in the House (H.Res.85) expressing the commitment of the House to continue to support pledges made by the United States in the Paris Agreement.

2017-02-01 Bills Introduced in House and Senate to Delay Implementation of 2015 Ozone Standards Congressional action EPA

Two bills were introduced in the Senate (S.263) and House (H.R.806) to delay implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s 2015 Ozone Standards.

2017-01-31 House Introduces Bill to Limit Renewable Fuel Mandates Congressional action EPA

A bill (H.R. 776) was introduced in the house to require that until a comprehensive study is completed, the volume of cellulosic biofuel mandated under the renewable fuel program be limited to what is commercially available.

2017-01-30 House Introduces Resolution to Repeal BLM Methane Rule Congressional action BLM

House republicans introduced a resolution (H.J. Res. 36) to repeal the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s methane waste prevention rule using the Congressional Review Act (CRA).

2017-01-30 House Introduces Resolution to Repeal BLM Planning 2.0 Rule Congressional action BLM

A joint resolution was introduced in the House (H.J.Res.44) to overturn the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s Planning 2.0 rule using the Congressional Review Act (CRA).

2017-01-24 House Introduces Bill to Prevent Federal Agencies From Regulating Greenhouse Gases Under Existing Laws Congressional action EPA, FWS, NMFS

Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL-6) introduced a bill entitled “Stopping EPA Overreach Act of 2017” (H.R. 637). The purpose of the bill is to prevent EPA and other agencies from using their existing statutory authority federal to regulate greenhouse gases.

2017-01-24 House Introduces Bill to Prohibit U.S. Contributions to International Climate Funds Congressional action

Rep. Luetkemeyer (R-MO-3) introduced a bill (H.R. 673) to prohibit United States contributions to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the Green Climate Fund.