The House Science and Technology Committee approved four energy bills 27 June 2007 by voice vote. The Global Change Research and Data Management Act of 2007 (H.R. 906), if passed, establishes several goals. The Act would create an interagency committee on global change, an interagency working group on climate and other global change data management, a U.S. Global Change Research Program to identify vulnerabilities in the United States with regard to global change, a national plan for global change research, and an Office of Global Change Research Information.
The Department of Energy Carbon Capture and Storage Research, Development, and Demonstration Act of 2007 (H.R. 1933) would amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to further carbon capture and storage research and development. The Biofuels Research and Development Act (H.R. 2773) and the Solar Research and Development Act (H.R. 2774) would support research and development of alternative energy sources, biofuels and solar energy, respectively. Following Science and Technology Committee approval of the legislation, Chairman Bart Gordon (D-TN) said: “This Committee has responded with an aggressive energy agenda. In addition to the four bills we passed today, this Committee will contribute an even dozen pieces of legislation that make a vital contribution to the national strategy to put the U.S., and the world, on track to a more sustainable future.”
All four measures will likely be rolled into a House energy bill that Democratic leaders hope to pass following the Independence Day recess.
Bills likely to be included in the House package are:
-HR 364, Establishing the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E)
-HR 906, The Global Change Research and Data Management Act of 2007
-HR 1933, The Carbon Capture and Storage Research, Development and Demonstration Act of 2007
-HR 2304, The Advanced Geothermal Energy Research and Development Act of 2007
-HR 2313, The Marine Renewable Energy Research and Development Act of 2007
-HR 2773, The Biofuels Research and Development Enhancement Act
-HR 2774, The Solar Energy Research and Advancement Act of 2007
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