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Federal Energy Policy: Legislative & Regulatory Outlook

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  • 1. Federal Energy Policy: Legislation and Regulation Outlook Michael Whatley Consumer Energy Alliance Ports to Plains Alliance Ports to Plains Alliance September 10, 2010
  • 2. Election Cycle is Going to drive  Election Cycle is Going to drive debate on Energy Policy  No major initiatives prior to November 2 • Senate may debate OCS or mini‐energy bill – but only for optics Senate may debate OCS or mini‐energy bill  but only for optics
  • 3. Election Cycle is Going to drive  Election Cycle is Going to drive debate on Energy Policy  No major initiatives in Lame Duck session •Although Sen Reid has pledged an “attempt” at bringing major  Although Sen. Reid has pledged an  attempt at bringing major legislation to the floor, he has acknowledged that economy‐wide  cap and trade is dead
  • 4. Election Cycle is Going to drive  Election Cycle is Going to drive debate on Energy Policy  Three Possible Election Outcomes   •Democrats hold smaller majorities in both House and Senate Democrats hold smaller majorities in both House and Senate •Republicans take both House and Senate •Republicans take House, Democrats hold smaller majority in Senate
  • 5. Democrats Hold Slimmer Majorities  in both House and Senate i b h d • House  • Same Agenda as 111th Congress • Senate  • Gridlock on all Major Initiatives Gridlock on all Major Initiatives • Administration – Major Push on Regulatory Initiatives • GHG Emissions • Offshore Drilling Regulations
  • 6. Republican Take both House and Senate • House  • Administration Oversight  •M j P E Major Pro‐Energy Policy Agenda P li A d • Senate • Gridlock on all Major Initiatives Gridlock on all Major Initiatives • Administration  •War with House  •Major Push on Regulatory Initiatives
  • 7. Republican Take House/Democrats  Hold Senate Hold Senate • House  • Administration Oversight Administration Oversight  • Major Pro‐Energy Policy Agenda • Senate • Gridlock on all Major Initiatives • Administration  •War with House •War with House  •Major Push on Regulatory Initiatives
  • 8. Implications for Ports to Plains Alliance • Partisan Gridlock  • Administration Oversight  • No Major Energy Policy Legislation No Major Energy Policy Legislation • Administration  •War with House  h l •Major Push on Regulatory Initiatives • Policy Fights in Unexpected Places • GHG Regulations – NEPA, ESA & CWA GHG Regulations  NEPA, ESA & CWA • Policy Provisions of Highway Bill and other vehicles
  • 9. For More Information For More Information Michael Whatley Consumer Energy Alliance 1666 K Street, NW, Suite 500 1666 K Street NW Suite 500 Washington, DC 202‐674‐1750 www.consumerenergyalliance.org