Energy

Simpson Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Expand Geothermal Energy Production

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Last week, Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson introduced H.R. 1719, the Geothermal Production Expansion Act of 2015. H.R. 1719 makes a small but important change to current law to facilitate the development of geothermal energy on public lands. H.R. 1719 would allow for expansion of renewable geothermal energy, while at the same time protecting the national interests in receiving fair market value for... Read more »

Maintaining a Vibrant INL

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“In the world of politics, some of the toughest moments are when you find yourself disagreeing with those you consider friends. “That has never been truer for me than in my current difference of opinion with former Governors Phil Batt and Cecil Andrus. They are opposing two INL shipments containing just 200 pounds of commercial nuclear fuel because of a delay related to the 1995 Settlement Agreeme... Read more »

Simpson Examines Budget for Energy Programs

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Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson, Chairman of the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee, today held two hearings to discuss budget issues with officials from the Department of Energy. The first hearing was focused on the Department of Energy’s Applied Energy Programs, with Assistant Secretaries from the Offices of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Nuclear Energy, Fossi... Read more »

KEYSTONE PIPELINE MOVES TO THE PRESIDENT FOR APPROVAL

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Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today supported S.1, the Keystone XL Pipeline Act. The bill approves the Keystone XL Pipeline putting an end to years of bureaucratic delays and allowing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline project. The Keystone XL pipeline would transport crude oil from the oil sands region of Alberta, Canada, to refineries in the United States. Canadian pipeline company TransC... Read more »

Simpson Supports Keystone XL Pipeline

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Idaho Congressman Simpson today supported H.R. 5682, a bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would put an end to years of bureaucratic delays and allow construction of the Keystone XL pipeline project. The Keystone XL pipeline would transport crude oil from the oil sands region of Alberta, Canada, to refineries in the United States. Because the pipeline would connect the United States wi... Read more »

Simpson Defends Western Priorities to Appropriations Committee

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Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today defended western priorities in the House Interior and Environment Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2015. Simpson, a member of the subcommittee, authored a number of provisions that were included in the bill, including language delaying the decision to list the sage-grouse as an endangered species by one year. Simpson successfully fought off efforts to strike... Read more »

House Passes Energy & Water Appropriations Bill

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Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson announced that the Fiscal Year 2015 Energy and Water Development Appropriations which passed the House of Representatives this evening, increases funding for critical programs at the Idaho National Laboratory. Simpson is Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and had the lead role in deciding funding for all Department of E... Read more »

Simpson Supports Bills to Create Jobs, Increase Energy Independence

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Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson this week supported legislation that will lower energy costs and promote U.S. energy independence. H.R. 3301, the North American Energy Infrastructure Act, eliminates the requirement that oil and gas pipelines and electric transmission lines that cross U.S. borders with Mexico or Canada obtain a Presidential Permit in order to begin such projects. H.R. 6, the Domesti... Read more »

Appropriations Committee Releases Fiscal Year 2015 Energy and Water Bill

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The House Appropriations Committee today released the fiscal year 2015 Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, which will be considered in subcommittee tomorrow. The legislation provides annual funding for national defense nuclear weapons activities, the Army Corps of Engineers, various programs under the Department of Energy, and other related agencies. The bill to... Read more »

Simpson Applauds Idaho Students’ Success in Science Bowl Competition

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Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson praised the accomplishments of four Idaho schools that are advancing to the 2014 National Science Bowl Finals after winning their respective regional competitions. Idaho’s Second Congressional District is the only district to send four schools to the National Finals. The Idaho teams that won their regional qualifying competitions are: Mackay Junior-Senior High School... Read more »