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On November 20th the subcommittee of Energy and Power agreed to pass HR 3301 (more accurately known as the Zombie Pipeline Act).

HR 3301 is terrible for many reasons, it takes approval for pipelines away from the NEPA and gives it to energy based regulating bodies. It also limits the amount of…

Update: Here are the names of the members of the Energy and Commerce Committee, if you live in this district please contact your representative and tell them why this bill is a bad idea!!

I have added if the members are a part of the Energy and Power Subcommittee (EPS) and how they last voted on HR3301, if they are a cosponsor of the bill.  An asterisk (*) if these members may be easier to sway.

Republican Members

Fred Upton (MI)- Chairman EPS: Yea

Email and Phone: http://upton.house.gov/contact/

*Ralph Hall: (4th District of Texas) EPS: Yea         

Email and Phone: http://ralphhall.house.gov/contact-us1/

Joe Barton (6th District of Texas)- Chairman Emeritus EPS-Cosponser: Yea          

Email and Phone: https://forms.house.gov/barton/webforms/zip_authen.html

Ed Whitfield: (1st district of Kentucky) EPS-Cosponsor: Yea

Email and Phone: http://whitfield.house.gov/contact-ed

John Shimkus: (15th District of Illinois) EPS: Yea

Email and Phone: http://shimkus.house.gov/contact

Joseph R. Pitts (16th District of Pennsylvania) EPS: Yea

Email and Phone: https://pitts.house.gov/contact-me

*Greg Walden (2nd District of Oregon)        

Email and Phone: http://walden.house.gov/contact-greg/

Lee Terry (2nd district of Nebraska) EPS-Cosponsor: Yea 

Email and Phone: http://leeterry.house.gov/

Mike Rogers (8th District of Michigan)        

Email and Phone: http://mikerogers.house.gov/contact/

*Tim Murphy (18th District of Pennsylvania)

Email and Phone: http://murphy.house.gov/contact-us/

Views: Continual supporter of Keystone XL

Michael C. Burgess (26th District of Texas) EPS: Yea

Email and Phone: http://burgess.house.gov/contact/

Marsha Blackburn (7th District of Tennessee) - Vice Chairman     

Email and Phone; http://blackburn.house.gov/contact/

Phil Gingrey (11th District of Georgia)

Email and Phone: http://gingrey.house.gov/contact/

*Steve Scalise: (1st District of Louisiana) EPS: Yea

Email and Phone: https://scalise.house.gov/contact-me

Bob Latta (OH) EPS-Cosponsor: Yea          

Email and Phone: http://latta.house.gov/contact/

Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Eastern Washington) Cosponsor         

Email and Phone: http://mcmorris.house.gov/contact-cathy1/

*Gregg Harper (3rd District of Mississippi) 

Email and Phone: http://harper.house.gov/contact-gregg

*Leonard Lance (7th District of New Jersey)          

Email and Phone: http://lance.house.gov/contact-me/

*Bill Cassidy (LA) EPS: Yea

Email and Phone: http://cassidy.house.gov/

*Brett Guthrie (2nd District of Kentucky)    

Email and Phone: http://guthrie.house.gov/contact-brett/

*Pete Olson (22nd District of Texas) EPS: Yea

Email and Phone: http://olson.house.gov/contact-us/

David McKinley (1st District of West Virginia) EPS: Yea

Email and Phone: https://gardner.house.gov/contact-me

*Cory Gardner (4th District of Colorado) EPS: Yea          

Email and Phone: https://gardner.house.gov/contact-me

Mike Pompeo (4th District of Kansas) EPS-Cosponsor: Yea

Email and Phone: http://pompeo.house.gov/contact/

Adam Kinzinger (16th District of Illinois) EPS: Yea          

Email and Phone: http://kinzinger.house.gov/contact-adam/

*Morgan Griffith (9th District of Virginia) EPS: Yea        

Email and Phone: https://morgangriffith.house.gov/contact/contactform.htm

*Gus Bilirakis (12th District of Florida)       

Email and Phone: http://bilirakis.house.gov/contact/

Bill Johnson (East and SE Ohio)

Email and Phone: http://billjohnson.house.gov/contact/

Billy Long (7th District of Missouri)  

Email and Phone: http://long.house.gov/contact-billy/

*Renee Ellmers (2nd District of North Carolina)

Email and Phone: http://ellmers.house.gov/contact-us/

Democratic Members

Henry Waxman (33rd District of California)- Ranking Member EPS: Nay

Email and Phone: https://waxman.house.gov/contact-me

John D. Dingell (12th District of Michigan) EPS: Non-votings

Email and Phone: https://dingell.house.gov/contact-me

Frank Pallone Jr. (6th District of New Jersey)

Email and Phone: https://pallone.house.gov/contact-me 

Bobby L. Rush (1st District of Illinois) EPS: Non-voting

Email and Phone: https://rush.house.gov/contact-me

Anna G. Eshoo (8th District of California)

Email and Phone: http://eshoo.house.gov/contact-anna/

Eliot L. Engel (16th District of New York) EPS: Nay

Email and Phone: http://engel.house.gov/contact-me/

Gene Green (29th District of Texas) EPS- Cosponsor: Yea

Email and Phone: https://green.house.gov/contact-me

Diana DeGette (1st District of Colorado)

Email and Phone: http://degette.house.gov/contact

Lois Capps (24th District of California) EPS: Nay

Email and Phone: https://capps.house.gov/contact-me

Michael F. Doyle (14th District of Pennsylvania) EPS: Nay

Email and Phone: https://doyle.house.gov/contact-me

Jan Schakowsky (9th District of Illinois)

Email and Phone: http://schakowsky.house.gov/

*Jim Matheson (4th District of Utah) Cosponsor

Email and Phone: http://matheson.house.gov/contact/

G. K. Butterfield (1st District of North Carolina)

Email and Phone: http://butterfield.house.gov/contact/

*John Barrow (12th District of Georgia) EPS: Yea

Email and Phone: http://barrow.house.gov/contact

Doris O. Matsui (6th District of California) EPS: Nay

Email and Phone: http://matsui.house.gov/contact/

Donna Christensen (Virgin Islands)  EPS: Nay

Email and Phone: https://donnachristensen.house.gov/contact-me

Kathy Castor (14th District of Florida) EPS: Nay

Email and Phone: http://castor.house.gov/contact/

John Sarbanes (3rd District of Maryland)

Email and Phone; http://sarbanes.house.gov/free_details.asp?id=45

Jerry McNerney (9th District of California) EPS: Nay

Email and Phone: http://mcnerney.house.gov/contact

*Bruce Braley (1st District of Iowa)

Email and Phone: http://braley.house.gov/contact

Peter Welch (Vermont)

Email and Phone: http://www.welch.house.gov/contact/

Ben Ray Lujan (3rd District of New Mexico)

Email and Phone: http://lujan.house.gov/contact/

Paul Tonko (20th District of New York) EPS: Nay

Email and Phone: http://tonko.house.gov/contact-me/

John Yarmuth (3rd District of Kentucky) EPS: Nay

Email and Phone: http://yarmuth.house.gov/contact-john2/

resistkxl:


Police just called and the transport is postponed until December 1st. Supposedly. Watchers will be standing by. — at No Tar Sands Megaloads in Oregon!

 
Read more about the Oregon resistance to tar sands megaloads here 

resistkxl:

Police just called and the transport is postponed until December 1st. Supposedly. Watchers will be standing by. — at No Tar Sands Megaloads in Oregon!

 

Read more about the Oregon resistance to tar sands megaloads here 

darthnickels:

I 100% believe that widespread adoption of a plant-based diet is essential for ensuring the survival of human beings 

but god damn it so is the end of militarism 

Zombie Pipeline Act HR3301 Passes Subcommittee

On November 20th the subcommittee of Energy and Power agreed to pass HR 3301 (more accurately known as the Zombie Pipeline Act).

HR 3301 is terrible for many reasons, it takes approval for pipelines away from the NEPA and gives it to energy based regulating bodies.  It also limits the amount of time these organizations have to approve a pipeline to 120 days.  This is not nearly enough time to test for environmental concerns nor is it enough time for the public to voice their concern or disagreement with a pipeline.  

And that’s not the end of it! A pipeline may only be denied if it threatens national security, as opposed to national interest.  During the first hearing the FERC representative stated outright that they do not have the capacity to see if a pipeline will threaten national security.

This would essentially mean a pipeline will be approved, this even pertains to pipelines like Keystone XL that have been continually halted due to public concern.  

But guess what? Public concern may no longer matter.

Now it isn’t much of a surprise that HR 3301 passed the Energy subcommittee with a vote of 19-10, 16 members are co-sponsors of the bill.  However, once this bill starts to work its way up the House more faults should be pointed out by members with more than energy on their minds.

The bill will now move up to the Energy and Commerce committee, but a date has yet to be set.

Here is a link by which you can see the progress of this bill: http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/3301

And here are the opening statements and breakdown of votes from the voting session: http://energycommerce.house.gov/markup/energy-and-power-subcommittee-vote-hr-3301-north-american-energy-infrastructure-act

The best next step is to pressure the members of the Energy and Commerce Committee to see the huge flaws in this bill and vote no when the bill does come to vote.  

I will update soon on who these members are and which districts they represent, but if you know you live in the district of one get to writing!

This bill must be stopped as soon as possible!

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"Zombie Pipeline" Act to Be Voted on Tomorrow

Tonight at 5:00 and tomorrow morning at 9:30am Eastern time, the Subcommittee on Energy and Power will meet to vote on a change to the North American Energy Infrastructure Act, which deals with transnational pipelines, like Keystone XL. The changes proposed would mean a pipeline would need to be approved in only 120 days, not enough time to test for environmental issues or for the public to voice concern.

Here is a list of the members of this subcommittee and their contact information, if you are a member of their district of just want to make your voice heard, please contact them: 

Chairman: Ed Whitfield (1st district of Kentucky)

Email and Phone: http://whitfield.house.gov/contact-ed

Views: For an “All of the above” energy program but is mainly concerned about job creation. 

Vice Chairman: Steve Scalise (1st District of Louisiana)

Email and Phone: https://scalise.house.gov/contact-me

Views: For an increase in oil and natural gas, but also believes in alternative fuel. 

Ralph Hall (4th District of Texas)

Email and Phone: http://ralphhall.house.gov/contact-us1/

Views: For achieving energy independence and funding for renewable energy. 

John Shimkus (15th District of Illinois)

Email and Phone: http://shimkus.house.gov/contact

Views: Is for pipeline projects creating jobs and cutting out presidential permit so projects can go forward more easily. 

Joseph R. Pitts (16th District of Pennsylvania)

Email and Phone: https://pitts.house.gov/contact-me

Views: For protecting the environment, clean energy, and conserving resources. 

Lee Terry (2nd district of Nebraska)

Email and Phone: http://leeterry.house.gov/

Views: Sees tar sands pipelines as a way to bridge from standard fuels to renewables. 

Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (26th District of Texas)

Email and Phone: http://burgess.house.gov/contact/

Views: Believes is reducing oil consumption, but also thinks alternatives fuels are not “up and running” yet.  

Bob Latta (5th District of Ohio)

Email and Phone: http://latta.house.gov/contact/

Views: Pro-oil and has shown no empathy for renewable energy. 

Bill Cassidy (6th District of Louisiana)

Email and Phone: http://cassidy.house.gov/

Views: Believes pipelines will create thousands of jobs, provide a tax revenue boost, and lead energy security.   However, is protecting Louisiana’s coast lines and promotes alternative energy for better energy security.

Pete Olson (22nd District of Texas)
Email and Phone: http://olson.house.gov/contact-us/

Views: Removing roadblocks to expanding pipelines to increase job and bring down gas prices.

David McKinley (1st District of West Virginia)
Email and Phone https://mckinleyforms.house.gov/email-me

Views: West Virginia jobs are highly dependant on oil and standard fuel.  Believes EPA is over regulated and is stopping job creation and energy security.

Cory Gardner (4th District of Colorado)
Email and Phone: https://gardner.house.gov/contact-me

Views: For energy development, job creation, and innovation.

Mike Pompeo (4th District of Kansas)
Email and Phone: http://pompeo.house.gov/contact/

Views: For local energy production and fair use of all forms of energy, but also for reducing barriers for more energy production.

Adam Kinzinger (16th District of Illinois)
Email and Phone: http://kinzinger.house.gov/contact-adam/

Views: For an “all of the above” energy plan, job creation, and affordable energy.

Morgan Griffith (9th District of Virgina)
Email and Phone: https://morgangriffith.house.gov/contact/contactform.htm

Views:  Believes regulations from EPA threaten jobs and potential energy supply, but supports safeguard to clean air and water

Joe Barton (6th District of Texas)

Email and Phone: https://forms.house.gov/barton/webforms/zip_authen.html

Views: Believes pipeline creates jobs and is good for the American and Texan economy.

Fred Upton (6th District of Michigan)

Email and Phone: http://upton.house.gov/contact/

Ranking Member: Bobby L. Rush (1st District of Illinois)

Email and Phone: https://rush.house.gov/contact-me

Jerry McNerney (9th District of California)

Email and Phone: http://mcnerney.house.gov/contact

Paul Tonko (20th District of New York)

Email and Phone: http://tonko.house.gov/contact-me/

Views: Believes we are in a race for clean energy and America must come in first.

John Yarmuth (3rd District of Kentucky)

Email and Phone: http://yarmuth.house.gov/contact-john2/

Views:  Supports investment in renewable energy and their job creation and economic benefits.

Eliot L. Engel (16th District of New York)

Email and Phone: http://engel.house.gov/contact-me/

Views: For breaking dependence on foreign oil and creating jobs in clean energy.

Gene Green (29th District of Texas)

Email and Phone: https://green.house.gov/contact-me

Views: Consistence supporter of Keystone pipeline due to its job creation and energy independence.

Lois Capps (24th District of California)

Email and Phone: https://capps.house.gov/contact-me

Views: Believes in preserving natural treasures and air and water quality and programs that support

Michael F. Doyle (14th District of Pennsylvania)

Email and Phone: https://doyle.house.gov/contact-me

Views: Believes in the research and development of alternative energy technology, decreasing global warming gas.

John Barrow (12th District of Georgia)

Email and Phone: http://barrow.house.gov/contact

Views: Believes Keystone provides a stable source of energy while we invest in renewables for the future.

Doris O. Matsui (6th District of California)

Email and Phone: http://matsui.house.gov/contact/

Views: Top priority is clean energy

Donna M. Christensen (Virgin Islands)

Email and Phone: https://donnachristensen.house.gov/contact-me

Kathy Castor (14th District of Florida)

Email and Phone: http://castor.house.gov/contact/

Views: Putting caps on CO2 output, pro-environment

John D. Dingell (12th District of Michigan) (non-voting)

Email and Phone: https://dingell.house.gov/contact-me
Views: For environmental protection and natural resources.

Henry A. Waxman (33rd District of California)

Email and Phone: https://waxman.house.gov/contact-me

Views: Believes we have to act now if order to combat climate change.