Politics OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Key vote for Haaland's confirmation | Update on oil and gas leasing | SEC update on climate-related risk disclosure requirements

02:45  25 february  2021
02:45  25 february  2021 Source:   thehill.com

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a person in glasses looking at the camera: Interior Secretary nominee Deb Haaland © Washington Examiner/Pool Interior Secretary nominee Deb Haaland

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HELPING HER GO HAAL THE WAY: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a key Senate swing vote, announced on Wednesday that he will vote in favor of confirming Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) to lead the Interior Department.

Tribes have high hopes as Haaland confirmation hearing nears

  Tribes have high hopes as Haaland confirmation hearing nears FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Deb Haaland stood with fellow tribal members protesting an oil pipeline outside a reservation in North Dakota, advocated for protecting cultural landmarks in her home state of New Mexico and pointedly told government witnesses in a hearing about blasting sacred Native American sites near the U.S.-Mexico border: “I don't know how you can sleep at night.” Native Americans have reason to believe the two-term U.S. congresswoman will push forward on long-simmering issues in Indian Country if she's confirmed as secretary of the Interior Department, which has broad oversight of tribal affairs and energy development.

"While we do not agree on every issue, she reaffirmed her strong commitment to bipartisanship, addressing the diverse needs of our country and maintaining our nation's energy independence," Manchin said in a statement.

"I believe Deb Haaland will be a Secretary of the Interior for every American and will vote to confirm her," he added.

Manchin was seen as a crucial vote for Haaland after he announced his opposition to Neera Tanden's nomination as President Biden's budget chief.

Haaland, a favorite among progressives, has come under scrutiny by conservatives for her stances on pipelines as well as on a controversial oil and gas extraction method called fracking.

Manchin is not only the evenly split Senate's swing vote, he also chairs the committee that oversaw Haaland's nomination, so his support is particularly important to her advancement.

Haaland faces confirmation fight

  Haaland faces confirmation fight Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) faces what could be a contentious hearing on Tuesday as she seeks to convince lawmakers to confirm her to lead the Interior Department. Haaland, who is backed by progressives, has expressed support for the Green New Deal and has opposed a controversial method of oil and gas extraction called fracking.Some Republicans have expressed significant opposition to her nomination, with Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) indicating that he could try to put a hold on her nomination - a move that will delay a vote but won't ultimately kill one if she has a majority.Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.

Read more about Manchin's decision here.

EVENTUALLY, A NEW LEASE ON LIFE (OR JUST ON PUBLIC LANDS): Interior Secretary nominee Deb Haaland said on Wednesday that President Biden's pause on new oil and gas leasing is a temporary measure and won't be a "permanent thing."

"This pause ... It's just that, it's a pause. It's not going to be a permanent thing where we're saying we're restricting all these lands from something," Haaland said in response to a question on the moratorium from Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah).

Read more about what Haaland had to say during Day Two of her confirmation hearing here.

OPEN UP AND (DIS)CLOSE: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced Wednesday that it will update its guidelines on how publicly traded companies should disclose climate change-related risks to investors.

Acting SEC Chair Allison Herren Lee said in a Wednesday statement that the commission will review how companies were complying with its 2010 guidelines, discuss climate-related disclosures with firms and analyze how the stock market is handling climate risks. The SEC will then update those guidelines, likely expanding on how much information companies are expected to disclose about the risks climate change poses to their business.

Senate advances key nominees for Joe Biden as president's Cabinet starts to take shape

  Senate advances key nominees for Joe Biden as president's Cabinet starts to take shape Two more nominees – Deb Haaland for Interior and Xavier Becerra for Health and Human Services – have begun confirmation hearings.The Senate approved former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to serve in the same position in Biden's Cabinet. That vote came shortly after senators confirmed Linda Thomas-Greenfield as ambassador to the United Nations.

"Now more than ever, investors are considering climate-related issues when making their investment decisions. It is our responsibility to ensure that they have access to material information when planning for their financial future," said Lee, a Democrat appointed by former President Trump.

Lee's announcement is the SEC's first step toward expanding the scope of information publicly traded companies are expected to reveal about their vulnerability to climate change. The SEC was widely expected to boost its emphasis on climate-related disclosures after President Biden's election, which gave Democrats a chance to establish a majority at the independent agency.

Video: Laid-off Keystone Pipeline worker slams Biden anti-energy policies (FOX News)

Read more about the announcement here.

PAYING THE PRICE: Texas's deregulated electricity market has raised costs to consumers by $28 billion since 2004, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis published Wednesday.

The analysis found that consumers purchasing power from the deregulated electricity market have paid significantly more than state residents whose sources were traditional electric utilities.

Solskjaer ennobles Haaland: "Erling is a top player"

 Solskjaer ennobles Haaland: When Erling Haaland switched to Borussia Dortmund last winter, one person in particular was particularly angry: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Manchester United coach would have loved to sign his Norwegian compatriot. In any case, Solskjaer is still in contact with the striker ...

The report comes after widespread power outages in Texas that left millions of residents without power for days amid freezing temperatures.

Read more about the analysis here.

CONFIRMATION WATCH: The Senate on Wednesday voted 67-32 to limit debate on the nomination of Jennifer Granholm to lead the Energy Department, setting up a quicker route for her confirmation.

QUOTE OF NOTE: William Burns, Biden's pick to lead the CIA, said that it's in China's best interest to cooperate with the U.S. on climate change, when asked by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) about the potential to take pressure off the Asian nation on other issues in order to make gains on climate.

"I just think it's important for the United States to view cooperation with China on climate issues is not a favor to the United States, it's in the self interest of China to do that, so in other words, it's not something to be traded. It's in the self interest of China as well to work on these issues and it's important for us to be clear eyed about that as I'm sure the President and Secretary Kerry will be," Burns said.


  • The House Agriculture Committee will hold a hearing on climate change and the U.S. agriculture and forestry sectors
  • The House Appropriations Committee will hold a hearing on strategies for energy and climate innovation


Questions grow about discrimination's role in the hurdles Biden's nominees are facing

  Questions grow about discrimination's role in the hurdles Biden's nominees are facing President Joe Biden succeeded in nominating the most racially diverse slate of Cabinet nominees in history. But now the slow and contentious process of getting some of his top picks confirmed is leading progressive groups to question whether his nominees of color are facing a higher level of scrutiny than White male nominees of past administrations. © SARAH SILBIGER/AFP/Getty Images Representative Deb Haaland, a Democrat from New Mexico and secretary of the interior nominee for US President Joe Biden, testifies during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee confirmation hearing in Washington, DC on February 24, 2021.

House Republicans held secret climate summit in Utah, The Washington Examiner reports

California sued over its oil and gas permitting practices, The Palm Springs Desert Sun reports

Orphaned South Dakota Gas Wells Could Soon Power Bitcoin Mining, South Dakota Public Broadcasting reports

Arctic ice loss forces polar bears to use four times as much energy to survive - study, The Guardian reports

ICYMI:Stories from Wednesday (and Tuesday night)...

Trudeau swipes at Trump: US leadership on climate 'has been sorely missed'

Manchin will back Haaland's confirmation

Haaland on drilling lease moratorium: 'It's not going to be a permanent thing'

Texas's deregulated electricity market raised consumer costs by $28B: WSJ

SEC to update climate-related risk disclosure requirements


The disasters keep coming but not the funds for FEMA, write Edward Johnson, former FEMA chief financial officer and Elizabeth Zimmerman, former FEMA associate administrator.

Our national forests can help us or they can burn us - again, writes Bill Imbergamo, the executive director of the Federal Forest Resource Coalition.

Senate panel advances Haaland's nomination for interior secretary .
Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski announced her support for Haaland's nomination ahead of the committee vote.Senator Lisa Murkowski was the sole Republican to vote to advance Haaland's nomination, and said that she would vote to confirm Haaland on the Senate floor.

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