The new EPA greenhouse gas inventory is particularly timely, because Congress is weighing whether to use the Congressional Review Act to overturn the Obama administration’s “venting and flaring” rule. The rule purports to reduce methane emissions from oil and natural gas production on federal public lands.
The Congressional Review Act (CRA) is a buzzy term that has been making the rounds in the political press lately. Western Wire checked in with Beltway experts on why the CRA is being used in Congress now, how the process works and whether it really can repeal late-term Obama administration regulations.
Media outlets in Washington, D.C. are reporting that Democrats in the Senate can force up to 10 hours of debate on each Congressional Review Act resolution to undo last minute Obama regulations. That is incorrect, and the misconception is driving a false narrative that there is limited opportunity to use the CRA.
The World Economic Forum convened in Davos, Switzerland, last week and climate change is once again at the top of the agenda. At the annual meeting, world leaders and billionaires devise macro-economic and environmental policies the rest of the world is eventually supposed to abide by.
In an exit memo to federal employees at the Department of Energy (DOE), Secretary Ernest Moniz highlighted the growth of energy independence in the United States. He specifically cited the increased domestic production of oil and natural gas as the reason the United States is less dependent on foreign sources.
The decision to highlight the Climate Action Plan, instead of a single carbon regulation like the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, is significant. Released in 2013, the Climate Action Plan provided the rationale for a series of actions targeting the production and consumption of fossil-fuels, which provide more than 80 percent of the nation’s energy.