Energy and Environment Update - December 14, 2010

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Energy and Climate Debate:

With lame duck debates ongoing and members on both sides of the aisle hoping to complete work on the tax extenders legislation before adjourning for the holidays, the Senate is expected to continue its work on the legislation this week, and further action on funding bills is possible as well.

A bipartisan working group established to negotiate a deal on tax cuts will continue meeting this week, and a proposed deal from White House and congressional leaders could be presented to the group in the coming days.

Senate: Ethanol Letters Sent; Environment and Public Works (EPW) Approves Diesel Grants; Geothermal Expansion Legislation Introduced; and, Senators Urge U.S. to Freeze Aid.

House: House Select Committee to be Disbanded; Energy Training Bill Passed; and, Nuclear R&D Bill Passed.

Administration: President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) Releases Energy Roadmap.

Department of Energy: Efficiency and Renewables Advisory Committee (ERAC) Holds First Meeting; Energy Secretary Talks “Sputnik Moment;" Department of Energy (DOE) Announces Supercomputer Awards; Carbon Sequestration Atlas Released; and, $21 Million for Commercial Building.

Department of Interior: Rules Possible on Shale Gas, and Leasing Plan Released.

Environmental Protection Agency: Peak Energy Production Limits to be Reconsidered; 13 States Required to Revise GHG Regulations; EPA Celebrates 40th Anniversary; New Source Review Information Sought; More Analysis Needed; and, Renewable Fuel Standard 2 (RFS2) Finalized.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission: Comments Requested on Barrier Removal.

United States Geological Survey: Climate Change Could Destroy Most Wetlands.

Miscellaneous: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Calls for Reporting Standard; National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Unveils Wind Report........

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