Energy And Environment Update -- May 20, 2012

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Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Department of Transportation; Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; Government Accountability Office; General Services Administration; Internal Revenue Service; Nuclear Regulatory Commission; States; International; and Miscellaneous.

Excerpt from Energy and Climate Debate

Energy issues continue to play a key role in policy debates – both in Washington and on the campaign trail.

The House passed a motion, 261-152, May 17 to instruct the transportation reauthorization conferees to include the Keystone XL pipeline in the final bill. The House also passed, 245-169, a motion to instruct the conferees to include text of the Buy American legislation. Though it remains to be seen whether either provision or another House approved inclusion of language to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating coal ash as a hazardous waste will be included in the final agreements, conferees continue to negotiate the issues, with each side waiting for the other to blink.

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