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Oversight Committee to Examine President’s Energy, Environment Policies

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A new House oversight subcommittee will take a look into the Obama administrations energy and environmental policies. The Washington Post reports future chair of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah, announced that he would form the new panel to watch over the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as the departments of agriculture, energy and interior. Responsibility for those agencies previously fell to two panels — one that focused on energy and the other on regulatory affairs. During a recent December hearing in a separate subcommittee some Republicans attacked George W. Bush-era renewable-fuel standards as outdated, saying the rules have increased fuel prices and harmed the economy while forcing distributors to carry ethanol products that can damage engines. Janet McCabe, one of the EPA’s top officials focusing on air issues, testified that the renewable-fuel standards are “an important component of the broader strategy to combat climate change.”

Source: NAFB News Service