• The Energy and Climate Debate is Heating Up in Washington: What to watch for in Federal Energy and Climate Developments
  • July 16, 2010 | Authors: Brenna V. Greenwald; Elias B. Hinckley
  • Law Firm: Venable LLP - Washington Office
  • The fallout from the Deepwater Horizon explosion and the resulting oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are catalyzing political support in Washington for action on energy. While several members of the House and Senate have signed on to specific measures aimed at tighter controls and more liability for offshore exploration, there is a growing consensus in Democratic leadership that a legislative response to the events in the Gulf can be effectively tied to more sweeping energy or climate legislation. Combined with several energy-specific items already on the Washington agenda and an ongoing debate over how to regulate the exploding unconventional natural gas production process, the next several weeks should prove to be a defining period in U.S. energy policy.