Potential impacts of global warming on recreation and the recreation industry

Thu, 24 May 2007 14:00:00 GMT

  • Senate Environment and Public Works Committee 406 Dirksen
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The NASA Administrator's Speech to Office of Inspector General Staff, the Subsequent Destruction of Video Records, and Associated Matters

Thu, 24 May 2007 14:00:00 GMT

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Since early 2006, Robert Cobb, the inspector general of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), has been under investigation for allegations of misconduct. After a review of 79 allegations, in early 2007, the Integrity Committee of the President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency (PCIE), an organization of agency inspectors general, issued a report finding that Mr. Cobb had abused his authority and demonstrated the appearance of a lack of independence from the agency’s top officials, particularly Sean O’Keefe, NASA’s former administrator. Most of the allegations came from current and former employees of NASA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG).

Witnesses

Panel 1
  • Ms. Evelyn R. Klemstine
  • Mr. Kevin Winters
Panel 2
  • Mr. Paul Morrell
  • Mr. Michael Wholley

H.R. 31 and H.R. 1526

Thu, 24 May 2007 14:00:00 GMT

The House Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Water and Power, led by Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA), will hold a legislative hearing on the following bills: H.R. 31 (Issa, R-CA): The Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District Wastewater and Recycled Water Facilities Act of 2007 H.R. 1526 (Miller, D-CA): The Bay Area Regional Water Recycling Program Authorization Act of 2007

Witnesses: Robert Quint, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Operations, Bureau of Reclamation, Washington, D.C. Ronald Young (H.R. 31), General Manager, Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District, Lake Elsinore, CA Gary Darling (H.R. 1526), General Manager, Delta Diablo Sanitation District, Antioch, CA Nancy Parent (H.R. 1526), Councilmember, City of Pittsburg, CA Larry Wilson (H.R. 1526), Board of Directors, Santa Clara Valley Water District, San Jose, CA

The hearing will be webcast live on the Committee’s web site at http://resourcescommittee.house.gov.

  • House Natural Resources Committee
    Water and Power Subcommittee 1334 Longworth
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Opportunities and challenges associated with coal gasification, including coal-to-liquids and industrial gasification

Thu, 24 May 2007 13:30:00 GMT

  • Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee 366 Dirksen
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Energy Policy Reform and Revitalization Act of 2007

Wed, 23 May 2007 14:00:00 GMT

The House Natural Resources Committee, led by Chairman Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), will hold a legislative hearing on H.R. 2337, the “Energy Policy Reform and Revitalization Act of 2007.” Witnesses: Panel 1 Walter Cruickshank, Deputy Director, Mineral Management Service, Department of the Interior Henri Bisson, Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior Melissa M. Simpson, Deputy Undersecretary, Natural Resources and Environment, U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture Vickie VanZandt, Senior Vice President, Transmission Business Line, Bonneville Power Administration, Department of Energy Timothy R. E. Keeney, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce

Panel 2 The Honorable John Engler (Former Governor of Michigan), President and CEO, National Association of Manufacturers Jim Martin, President, 60 Plus Association

The hearing will be webcast live on the Committee’s web site at http://resourcescommittee.house.gov.

Montreal Protocol and Global Warming

Wed, 23 May 2007 14:00:00 GMT

On Wednesday, May 23, 2007, the Committee held an oversight hearing on achievements and opportunities for climate protection under the Montreal Protocol. This international environmental treaty established legally binding controls on the production and consumption of substances that deplete the stratospheric ozone layer. Witnesses at the hearing included the lead author of a scientific paper quantifying the climate benefits of the Montreal Protocol, the Executive Director of an international nongovernmental organization with expertise on the Montreal Protocol, and the Global Environmental Manager of DuPont’s fluorochemicals business. At the hearing, the Committee received testimony about cost-effective measures that can be taken under the Montreal Protocol and the Clean Air Act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat global warming.

Witnesses
  • Dr. Guus Velders, lead author of a recent scientific paper quantifying the climate benefits of the Montreal Protocol
  • Mr. Allan Thornton, Executive Director, Environmental Investigation Agency, an international nongovernmental organization with expertise on the Montreal Protocol
  • Dr. Mack McFarland, Environmental Fellow, DuPont Fluoroproducts, a major corporation that manufactures alternatives to substances that deplete the ozone layer
Transcript

S.645, to amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to provide an alternate sulfur dioxide removal measurement for certain coal gasification project goals, S.838, to authorize funding for eligible joint ventures between United States and Israeli businesses and

Tue, 22 May 2007 18:30:00 GMT

S.645, to amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to provide an alternate sulfur dioxide removal measurement for certain coal gasification project goals, S.838, to authorize funding for eligible joint ventures between United States and Israeli businesses and academic persons, to establish the International Energy Advisory Board, S.1089, to amend the Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline Act to allow the Federal Coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects to hire employees more efficiently, S.1203, to enhance the management of electricity programs at the Department of Energy, H.R.85, to provide for the establishment of centers to encourage demonstration and commercial application of advanced energy methods and technologies, and H.R.1126, to reauthorize the Steel and Aluminum Energy Conservation andTechnology Competitiveness Act of 1988

  • Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee 366 Dirksen
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The case for the California waiver

Tue, 22 May 2007 18:30:00 GMT

  • Senate Environment and Public Works Committee 406 Dirksen
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Green Collar Jobs

Tue, 22 May 2007 18:00:00 GMT

On Tuesday the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming will explore the vast potential for the development of “green collar” jobs from increased energy efficiency and use of renewable energy in the United States. A market transformation towards clean energy will require a new cadre of workers for everything from the research, design, and engineering of new energy systems to the manufacture, installation, and maintenance of clean technology investments. The range of jobs and skills requirements is wide, but the potential employment impact is substantial: in a recent analysis the Cleantech Venture Network estimated that as many as 500,000 new green collar jobs could be created by 2010. Increasing green collar jobs is also an opportunity to cultivate both economic and environmental benefits for many underserved communities.

Witnesses:
  • Jerome Ringo, President Apollo Alliance
  • Van Jones, President and Co-Founder Ella Baker Center (Oakland, CA)
  • Elsa Barboza, Campaign Coordinator for Green Industries at the Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE; Los Angeles, CA)
  • Bob Thelen, Chief Training Officer, Capital Area Michigan Works!
  • House Energy Independence and Global Warming Committee 2318 Rayburn
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