A Busy Week Ahead

Congress returns to Washington this week and Ukraine assistance and LNG exports will once again be “front and center.” Rather than a detailed narrative, we’ll get right to the important stuff.

  • March 25 – Senate Energy & Natural Resources Hearing. Sen. Mary Landrieu has chosen the LNG export issue to be the subject of her first oversight hearing as chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Landrieu and her colleagues will hear from Lithuania’s Energy Minister, Jaroslav Neverovič, Energy Information Administration head Adam Sieminski, and a trio of energy security experts from NERA Economic Consulting, Brookings, and the Center for Strategic International Studies. The hearing starts at 10:00 am and will be webcast.
  • March 25 – House Energy & Power Hearing. The Energy and Power Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on H.R. 6, the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act, sponsored by Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and currently cosponsored by 37 Republicans and one Democrat (Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan). As reported previously, the Gardner-Ryan bill enjoys the strong backing of the House Republican leadership. Witnesses scheduled to testify include: Paula Gant, DOE Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oil and Natural Gas; Anita Orbán, Hungary’s Ambassador-at-Large for Energy Security; former U.S. Representative and WTO official, James Bacchus; and representatives from American Public Gas Association, Charles River Associates, and NERA Economic Consulting. For more detail about the hearing (which starts at 1:30 p.m.):
  • March 26 – House Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing. The House Foreign Affairs Committee conducts its own oversight hearing on the LNG export issue on March 26. Entitled: “The Geopolitical Potential of the U.S. Energy Boom,” the hearing will begin at 10:00 a.m. and receive testimony from: Admiral Dennis Blair, U.S.N. (Ret.), of Securing America’s Future Energy; Harold Hamm, chair of the Domestic Energy Producers Alliance; Elizabeth Rosenberg director of the Energy, Environment and Security Program at the Center for a New American Security; and Dr. Michael Levi, director of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change of the Council on Foreign Relations. The hearing will (most likely) be webcast.