This Week in Energy
House Committee Report Unveiled
Today, the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis unveiled its comprehensive plan of climate change policy recommendations, the result of 1-1/2 years of work from House Democrats.

A special thanks for all OurEnergyPolicy experts who contributed to our discussion on the committee's call for stakeholder input last November!

Read more from CBS News and see the report below in the OurEnergyLibrary.
New Publications in the OurEnergyLibrary
The International Renewable Energy Agency
June 24, 2020
House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis
June 29, 2020
Southern Economic Advancement Project
June 18, 2020
Find these new publications and others in the OurEnergyLibrary.
Webinar Series Discussion
Ongoing Discussion
This discussion stems from our two recent transportation webinars , one on fuels and state initiatives and one on energy independence . The transportation sector is responsible for almost a third of the United States’ greenhouse gas emissions. Making changes in this sector could reduce emissions and reduce our dependence on global oil prices.
- Question 1 : What policies will be most effective in reducing transportation sector emissions?
- Question 2 : Should the federal government enact stronger policies to support changes in transportation or is this best left to the individual states?
- Question 3 : Should policy focus on a specific alternative fuel technologies or take an all-of-the-above approach?
"I favor an all of the above approach . Let the private sector sort it out. EVs are still in their infancy, and while battery-based options have a head start, they aren’t so far ahead that it makes sense to put all our eggs in that basket. The key will be figuring out what options are sustainable once state and federal incentive dollars run out. We still don’t know the answer to that question. And that is why an all-of-the-above approach is necessary...."
- Michael O'Brien , Founder & Principal, MOB Advocacy
" The key is to build infrastructure that seeks to optimize and maximize utilization of anticipated excess energy from cheap renewables. Conversion of excess energy into high value extended duration energy storage will be the lynchpin of a renewable energy economy and hydrogen...."
- Robert Perry , Director of Energy Research, World Business Academy
Energy Headlines
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Update from Congress

Comments from Recent Discussions
" General Clark, what is the single most important step the President-elect in November can take to address the cyber threat to the U.S. power grid?" - Robert Hallman , Senior Fellow, Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment, University of Colorado Law School
" The most important action is to appoint a Presidential Review Commission to pull together and promote recommendations for greater security. Must have full backing and participation from the various elements of the utility industry, too. And then those recommendations have to be put into legislation and resourced."
- General Wesley K. Clark , Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander & Founder, Renew America Together
"America’s O&G industries need nothing but state and local governments to stop actively trying to outlaw them. Crude oil, coal, natural gas, and pitchblende are humanity’s highest EROI energy resources and create virtually all the wealth comprised by the global GDP. Even agricultural is more dependent on fossil fuel energy than solar energy to achieve modern yields...."
- Ike Kiefer , Captain, US Navy (retired)
What impacts from COVID are you seeing on energy supply chains in your role at your company or organization?
  • New emphasis on U.S. independence is prevalent
  • Abrupt decrease in fuel price in March, and slow rebound....
  • We don’t have enough rare earth mineral mines in the US or WA specifically.
  • No longer lead times, just-in-time inventory/supply should be revisited....
- From members of the Women's Mining Coalition ; see also responses to question 2 and question 3
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