Energy and the Environment

House Passes Rep. Katie Porter’s Legislation to Lower Gas Prices

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WASHINGTON—The House of Representatives today passed Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA)’s legislation to crack down on Big Oil’s predatory price increases at the pump. The Consumer Fuel Price Gouging Prevention Act, co-led by Congresswoman Kim Schrier (D-WA), would lower gas prices by making exploitative price hikes unlawful, holding market manipulators accountable, and boosting transparency in the...

Rep. Porter, Chair Grijalva Refer Former Interior Secretary Bernhardt, Villages at Vigneto Developer to Justice Department, Alleging Criminal Bribery

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WASHINGTON—Natural Resources Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chair Katie Porter (D-CA) and Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ.) today made a criminal referral to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) outlining evidence of a likely criminal quid pro quo between Trump administration officials, including former U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary David Bernh...

Rep. Katie Porter Introduces Legislation To Reduce Gas Prices

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WASHINGTON—Today, Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA) and Congresswoman Kim Schrier (D-WA) introduced legislation to crack down on Big Oil’s predatory price hikes at the pump. The Consumer Fuel Price Gouging Prevention Act would empower the President to issue an Energy Emergency Declaration, making it unlawful to increase gasoline and home energy fuel prices in an excessive or exploitative manner. “...

Rep. Porter Statement on Biden Administration’s Reforms for Oil and Gas Leases

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WASHINGTON—Yesterday, the Biden Administration issued final sale notices for new oil and gas leases, which include important reforms supported by Congresswoman Katie Porter that would protect taxpayers. Porter, Chair of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight, released the following statement. “I applaud the Biden Administration for modernizing onshore royalty rates for new oil and g...

Porter, Bilirakis Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Bills to Reduce Carbon Emissions from Trucking, Maritime Transport

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WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA), Chair of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce, today introduced a package of two bipartisan, bicameral bills that would encourage hydrogen, a cleaner fuel source, in heavy-duty trans...

Rep. Porter Chairs Hearing, Holds Listening Session in Orange County on Major Oil Leak

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IRVINE—Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45), Chair of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, led a hearing on the major oil leak off the coast of Orange County. The hearing, titled “Southern California Oil Leak: Investigating the Immediate Effects on Communities, Businesses, and the Environment,” took place in Irvine, California, and was immediately followed by a l...

EVENT ALERT: Rep. Porter is Getting Answers About the Major Oil Leak

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Dear friend, Congressional hearings are about getting answers for families about the issues that matter most to them. Right now, a major oil leak off our coast threatens Orange County communities. This pollution puts our health, our businesses, and our environment at risk. There must be accountability for this major oil leak. As federal investigators continue to gather information about how and wh...

ADVISORY: MONDAY: Southern California Representatives Porter, Lowenthal, and Levin to Hold Hearing in Orange County on Recent Major Oil Leak

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45), Chair of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations; Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), Chair of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources; and Congressman Mike Levin (CA-49) will lead a joint hearing on the major oil leak off the coast of Orange County on Monday, October 18, 2021. The hearing, titled...

Rep. Porter Introduces Legislation to Better Protect Against Natural Disasters

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) is reintroducing legislation to better protect Californians by standardizing research on natural disasters. The Disaster Learning and Life Saving Act, co-led by Congressman John Garamendi (CA-03), would establish an independent board to review natural disasters and make recommendations on how to keep people safe. Companion legislation will be introduced by Senato...

The Hill: Porter blasts oil CEOs: 'Declined to answer to the American people'

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Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) on Wednesday chastised oil company executives who declined her invitation to testify before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, saying they “declined to answer to the American people.” Porter, who chairs the subcommittee, invited the CEOs of ExxonMobil, Devon Energy and EOG Resources to testify at a hearing, which was titled, “Misu...