The International Space Station: Addressing Operational ChallengesRead More
Washington, D.C. – Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that EPA must consider cost before deciding whether the Mercury Air Toxics regulation is appropriate and necessary to regulate under the Clean Air Act.
Chairman Smith: “Today’s Supreme Court ruling is an important step towards reining in the actions of the EPA. The EPA consistently ignores the tremendous costs of rules and relies on hidden scientific data to justify its overreaching regulations. Considering the costs of a regulation is simply common sense. I welcome today’s Supreme Court ruling and urge the EPA to more accurately consider the excessive costs that all of its rules will impose on the American people.”Read More
Washington, D.C. – House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Space Subcommittee Chairman Brian Babin (R-Texas) released the following statements in response to Sunday's unsuccessful ISS resupply launch attempt from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Chairman Smith: "I share the disappointment of the thousands who worked in support of today's launch attempt and millions of Americans who care about our nation's success in space. As we learn more about the circumstances surrounding today's launch, we must ensure the safe and timely supply of the International Space Station."
Space Subcommittee Chairman Babin: "I am saddened by today’s unfortunate loss of a SpaceX cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. These endeavors are extremely difficult – but they are well worth the investment of America’s time and resources. I am eager to learn more about what happened and how it can be fixed to strengthen and advance our commercial cargo program.
The Space Subcommittee’s next hearing to evaluate the status of the International Space Station is scheduled for July 10th at 9am.Read More
Washington, D.C. – The Environment and Energy Subcommittees today held a joint hearing to examine the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) recent analysis of the impacts of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan. The report was requested by Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) in August 2014 and released last month. Witnesses today testified on the EIA’s findings, confirming the rule will have high costs and damaging economic impacts. Witnesses said the rule could cost as much as $1.5 trillion, increase electricity prices across the country, and force coal-fired power plants to shut down.
Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas): “The president’s Power Plan is nothing more than a ‘Power Grab’ to give the government more control over Americans’ daily lives. These regulations stifle economic growth, destroy American jobs, and increase energy prices. That means everything will cost more – from electricity to gasoline to food. The EPA should not saddle the American people with extensive and burdensome regulations, especially if the regulations have little environmental impact.”
The Clean Power Plan would require states to meet requirements for carbon emissions from electricity generating units. The EIA found that the rule would have a significant impact in retiring a large number of coal-fired power plants and that electricity prices would significantly increase by up to 7% annually, with certain regions seeing increases even greater than the average projections.
Environment Subcommittee Chairman Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.): “This is a continuation of this administration’s ‘war on the poor.’ I will once again remind my colleagues that while we might be able to absorb electricity rate increases, many of our constituents do not have that ability. This is especially true in my home state of Oklahoma, which relies heavily on coal for electricity generation and as a result enjoys electricity prices which are far below the national average. Coal – and to an extent natural gas – are the sources of fuel this rule will phase out, and is the true intention of this administration’s agenda.”
Today the House will vote on H.R. 2042, the Ratepayer Protection Act of 2015, which would prevent states from having to implement a state plan, or be subject to the federal Clean Power Plan if the Governor determines that such a plan would negatively affect ratepayers through increased electricity prices.
Energy Subcommittee Chairman Randy Weber (R-Texas): “A family of four could see thousands of dollars in increased costs per year as the Clean Power Plan is implemented, with costs peaking in 2025 when the average family will see an increase in cost of over $1700 per year. The Obama Administration admits that these regulations will not stop climate change. Data produced by the EPA show that the Clean Power Plan would eliminate less than one percent of global carbon emissions. But what the EIA’s report confirms is that eliminating affordable, reliable power will increase the energy prices for the American people. Driving the American economy over a cliff is not going to kick start innovation in energy technology.”
The following witnesses testified today:
Mr. Howard Gruenspecht, Deputy Administrator, U.S. Energy Information Administration
Mr. Stephen Eule, Vice President for Climate and Technology, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Susan Tierney, Senior Advisor, Analysis Group, Inc.
Dr. Kevin Dayaratna, Senior Statistician and Research Programmer, The Heritage Foundation
For more information on the hearing, including the hearing charter and a link to the LIVE webcast, visit the Committee website.Read More
U.S. Energy Information Administration Report: Analysis of the Impacts of the EPA’s Clean Power PlanRead More
Washington, D.C. – Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today released the following statement after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled, 3D Printing: Opportunities, Challenges, and Policy Implications of Additive Manufacturing. Chairman Smith requested the report in August 2014.
Chairman Smith: “Recent progress in 3-D manufacturing technology illustrates the value of federal basic research investments if we prioritize important areas such as engineering, computer science, chemistry and biology. National Science Foundation (NSF) funded research has paved the way for advanced 3-D manufacturing processes for an extensive and growing field of products. From cutting-edge powdered metals to research using 3-D printed animal tissue, materials research continues to broaden the potential of this technology. American homes may soon have machines capable of producing their own replacement parts for broken appliances as well as everyday household goods. Automobile manufacturing and even housing construction may be transformed from mass production to more customized products. Over the next decade, 3-D printing, nanotechnology and advanced materials research have the potential to transform manufacturing and improve American lives.”
Since 1986 when it first began funding 3-D manufacturing, NSF has expended more than $200 million on additive manufacturing research and related activities. Now, several other federal agencies are involved, including NASA, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Department of Defense (DOD), and the Department of Energy. Within DOD, several research organizations are involved, including the research laboratories of the Army, Navy, and Air Force and DARPA.
In August 2012, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute was founded as a public-private partnership to accelerate 3-D research. This was part of the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation, which was formally authorized last year by the Revitalize American Manufacturing Innovation Act sponsored by Chairman Smith.
Apart from the report’s technical explanations of 3-D manufacturing potential, more recognizable 3-D applications include:
The full report can be found here.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.) sent letters to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy questioning recent media reports that the federal government is secretly storing the personal information of Americans who have looked for insurance using the HealthCare.gov website.
“It appears that the information is stored for all individuals who open an account on the website – regardless of whether they sign up for coverage,” Rep. Loudermilk wrote. “Furthermore, according to the news report, ‘consumers have no way of knowing’ that their personal information is being permanently stored by the Administration. What is even more concerning is the type of information that is being kept secretly.”
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, personally identifiable information is being collected or maintained by this system and includes the following: social security numbers, dates of birth, names, mailing addresses, phone numbers, financial accounts information, military status, employment status, passport numbers, and taxpayer IDs.
The letters state that “The Administration has never appeared to be forthright about the use and storage of personal information on HealthCare.gov, and has yet to explain the reason for indefinitely storing user information, particularly when some of the users did not even enroll on the website.”
The letters request all documents and communications related to the data storage facility.
The full letter to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services can be found HERE.
The full letter to White House Office of Science and Technology Policy can be found HERE.Read More
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