Senate Energy Committee Plans Workshop on Transportation and Heating Fuel Costs

All 100 US senators have been invited to offer their views and recommendations at a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee workshop on transportation and heating fuel costs July 17 at 9 a.m.

July 17: The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a workshop on transportation and heating fuel costs at 9 a.m. in Dirksen Senate Office Building Room G-50. All 100 US senators have been invited to offer their views and recommendations.

Why it matters: The workshop builds on the success of previous energy-themed workshops the committee has held on climate, natural gas, coal and biofuels. More than that, it will provide a discussion forum outside official floor or committee proceedings for senators and their staffs to examine possible causes of higher crude oil and gasoline prices.

It comes amid continuing reports that politically centrist senators from both parties and their staffs want to formulate legislation which will address the supply as well as the price problem. While proponents of increased access to domestic acreage got a boost from President Bush's lifting of the executive order banning federal leases on the Outer Continental Shelf, several have admitted that any bill also will need to have meaningful conservation and renewable fuels provisions.

"I look forward to this workshop and to hearing more from my fellow senators on this tortured topic of high oil prices. I intend for this workshop to focus our attention not only on the challenges inherent in high oil prices, but also on developing a common path forward that we can come together to support," said Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.).

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