Energy and the Environment

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...

E&E News: Katie Porter preps hot seats for oil and gas execs

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Rep. Katie Porter is making good on her promise to ask tough questions of the oil and gas industry in her new role as chair of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. The California Democrat's aggressive pursuit of answers will begin in earnest this month. Yesterday, Porter announced that her first hearing, May 19, will "examine the contributions of the oil and ga...

E&E News: In new oversight role, Katie Porter targets oil industry

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Rep. Katie Porter spent the last two years drawing out some of the most revealing, and damning, admissions from executives of major banks and pharmaceutical companies. She could now be poised to do the same with leaders of the oil and gas industry. The second-term California Democrat is the new chair of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and she is pledging t...

Reuters: Democrat Katie Porter says to target Big Oil in new role as natural resources chair

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U.S. Representative Katie Porter, who has earned a reputation for grilling bank and drug company executives during Congressional hearings, told Reuters she will focus on a new target in her new role as chair of the House Natural Resources Oversight Committee: Big Oil. The position will make the California Democrat a key player in U.S. energy policy as President Joe Biden puts curbs on federal foss...

Reuters: House Democrats seek reform of federal lands drilling program

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U.S. Democratic lawmakers in Congress on Tuesday introduced a set of bills to reform federal oil and gas leasing regulations, including by raising royalty rates and toughening cleanup requirements. The bills would update decades-old laws governing oil and gas drilling to boost the program's value for taxpayers. While the proposals would not deliver on President Joe Biden's campaign promise to stop...

Rep. Porter Introduces Bill to Raise Fees on Polluters Extracting from Public Lands

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45), chair of the Natural Resources Oversight Subcommittee, today introduced legislation to protect public lands and recover taxpayer dollars. The Ending Taxpayer Welfare for Oil and Gas Companies Act, co-led by full Committee Chairman Raúl Grijalva (AZ-3) and Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), would raise royalties, rental rates, inspection fees, and penalties on o...

I'll Hold Polluters Accountable

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Dear friend, Californians know firsthand that environmental protection cannot wait. Holding polluters accountable is how we protect our beaches and public lands and fight the climate crisis, which is causing record-breaking wildfires. This term, I am joining the House Committee on Natural Resources, which has jurisdiction to crack down on polluters. As of last week, I also have the honor of servin...

Rep. Porter to Chair House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight

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This week, Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) was elected to serve as Chair of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. The Subcommittee is responsible for holding polluters accountable and rooting out waste, fraud, and abuse in areas under the Committee’s jurisdiction, including the climate crisis, public lands, wildfire management, and tribal affairs. “California...

Rep. Porter Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Better Protect Against Natural Disasters

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today introduced bipartisan legislation to better protect Californians by standardizing research on natural disasters. The Disaster Learning and Life Saving Act, co-led by Congressman Garret Graves (LA-6), would establish an independent board to review underlying causes of natural disasters and make recommendations to all levels of government on how to keep Ameri...