Report on Energy Exports Coming From House Panel

WASHINGTON - FEBRUARY 9: Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY) waits for a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Energy and Power Subcommittee on Capitol Hill February 9, 2011 in Washington, DC. The committee held the hearing to discuss The Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011 and its effect on the Clean Air Act's regulation of greenhouse gases. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)
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Amy Harder
Jan. 6, 2014, 11:45 a.m.

Re­pub­lic­ans on the House En­ergy and Com­merce Com­mit­tee are adding their voices to the grow­ing chor­us around the fossil-fuel ex­port de­bate.

Com­mit­tee aides, led by En­ergy and Power Sub­com­mit­tee Chair­man Ed Whit­field, R-Ky., are writ­ing a re­port on Amer­ica’s fossil-fuel abund­ance, with a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on nat­ur­al-gas ex­ports and its ef­fect on geo­pol­it­ics.

The re­port is ex­pec­ted by month’s end and will build on work the com­mit­tee did last year, in­clud­ing a for­um in Oc­to­ber where del­eg­ates from 10 coun­tries spoke about the need for Amer­ica’s nat­ur­al gas abroad. The En­ergy De­part­ment has ap­proved five ap­plic­a­tions to ex­port nat­ur­al gas to coun­tries that are not free-trade part­ners with the U.S. More than 20 ap­plic­a­tions are pending.

On Tues­day, Sen­ate En­ergy and Nat­ur­al Re­sources rank­ing mem­ber Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, is re­leas­ing a re­port of her own and de­liv­er­ing a speech on the same gen­er­al top­ic of fossil-fuel ex­ports, al­though she’s ex­pec­ted to fo­cus a bit more on the pro­spect of lift­ing the dec­ades-old ban on crude-oil ex­ports. The ban, which Con­gress first put in place back in the 1970s, re­stricts ex­ports of crude oil in al­most all cir­cum­stances, with a few ex­cep­tions mostly for Canada.


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