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The Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming addressed our nation's energy, economic and national security challenges during the 110th and 111th Congresses.

This is an archived version of the committee's website, where the public, students and the media can continue to access and learn from our work.

Hearing 12/11:Investigating Last-Minute Bush Energy and Environment Rulemakings

Contact:    Select Committee, 202-225-4012

Hearing to Investigate Last-Minute Bush Energy and Environment Rulemakings

Interior Department Announces Alarming Rule to Skirt Congressional Oversight Authority and Push Forward on Illegal Uranium Mining

For testimony, photos and video highlights, please CLICK HERE.

The announcement by the Interior Department of a new rule eliminating Congress’s authority to prevent new mining on public lands escalated concerns about the Bush administration's last ditch efforts to push through major regulatory rule changes to energy and environmental policies. From global warming to water quality to endangered species to clean air, the Bush administration is pushing harder than ever to advance its anti-environmental agenda by rescinding, changing, or issuing rules, with negative consequences for our natural resources, environment, and America’s energy policy.
A panel of environmental and regulatory experts will discuss the ramifications of these last-minute rulemakings at a hearing tomorrow before Chairman Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.
The Select Committee recently released a report detailing these frightening possible significant regulatory rule changes by the Bush administration in its final days. The report is entitled “Past is Prologue: For Energy and the Environment, the Bush Administration's Last 100 Days Could Rival the First 100” and is available HERE. It highlights the major issues the public and the media should look out for in the closing days of an administration that possesses a sharp deregulatory bent.
WHAT: Select Committee hearing: "Approaching Midnight: Oversight of the Bush Administration's Last-Minute Rulemakings."
WHERE: 210 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC and on the web at
WHEN: Thursday, December 11th, 2008, 10:00 AM
Mr. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Chairman, Waterkeeper Alliance
Ms. Jamie Rappaport Clark, Executive Vice President, Defenders of Wildlife
Mr. John Walke, Clean Air Director, Natural Resources Defense Council
Mr. Jeffrey R. Holmstead, Partner, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP

PLEASE NOTE: The House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming was created to explore American clean energy solutions that end our reliance on foreign oil and reduce carbon pollution.

The Select Committee was active during the 110th and 111th Congresses. This is an archived version of the website, to ensure that the public has ongoing access to the Select Committee record. This website, including external links, will not be updated after Jan. 3rd, 2010.

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