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Friday, August 24, 2012

Over the past decade, American energy supply has undergone a remarkable transformation. We are experiencing no less than a resource revolution – an “American spring” for a nation seeking freedom from dependence on hostile countries for energy to power our economy.   Read More >

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

At today's press briefing, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked why President Obama continues to refer to his energy strategy as an “all-of-the above” approach despite rejecting Republican-backed energy solutions like the Keystone XL pipeline. In an attempt to defend his boss, Carney responded, “Keystone is a process, we haven’t rejected anything. ...”   Read More >

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC – House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) today released the following statement on the Federal Communications Commission’s approval of a “special access” order by a 3-2 vote to suspend existing FCC rules: “The FCC has once again handed down a decision without providing sufficient evidence that action is needed. The decision violates good process and is difficult to square with Chairman Genachowski's previous statements about how this issue would be addressed.   Read More >

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit yesterday struck down EPA’s costly Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, ruling the agency had acted in excess of its statutory authority. Just last week, a federal appeals court vacated EPA’s disapproval of Texas’ flexible permitting program. This emerging trend in the courts underscores just how far EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has gone to push through EPA’s reckless regulatory agenda. EPA continues to fight the law in an effort to justify its job-destroying regulations, but this time, the law won.   Read More >

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

According to recent news reports, the $535 million loan guarantee to now-bankrupt Solyndra has been reincarnated as a modern art exhibit in the foothills of University of California at Berkeley. The “SOL Grotto” is the work of Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello and is part of UC Berkeley’s Botanical Garden’s “Natural Discourse” exhibit. American taxpayers paid $535 million for the Obama administration’s reckless investment in Solyndra, which now can be found in the foothills of Berkeley. To date, the most expensive piece of art ever sold is Paul Cézanne’s “The Card Players,” which the country of Qatar bought for $250 million in 2011 from the late Greek shipping magnate George Embiricos. With a price tag of half a billion dollars, and just $24 million expected to be repaid, the amount taxpayers forked over with little to see in return except for the “SOL Grotto” would make this piece of art shatter the previous record.   Read More >

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC – Republican leaders on the House Energy and Commerce Committee welcomed today’s decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to block implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, one of several stringent new EPA rules affecting power plants that are expected to drive electricity prices higher and put jobs at risk.   Read More >

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) today announced an upcoming hearing to discuss how to free more federal spectrum for commercial use:   Read More >

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Monday, August 20, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A newly released report by the Government Accountability Office finds continued weaknesses in the Environmental Protection Agency’s network security. A bipartisan contingent of Energy and Commerce Committee members, led by Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), requested that GAO audit EPA information security last year.   Read More >

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U.S. Representative Fred Upton

U.S. Representative Joe L. Barton

Congressman Fred Upton has represented the commonsense values of southwest Michigan since 1987. In 2010, Fred was selected by his House colleagues to serve as Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. Read More»;