HOUSE PANEL TO LAUNCH ENERGY REORGANIZATION PUSH

The House Energy and Commerce Committee announced its first step Tuesday in a push to reorganize the Department of Energy (DOE).

Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), who chairs the panel’s subcommittee on energy, announced a hearing for next Tuesday on “DOE Modernization.” He said it will feature current DOE officials and outside science and policy experts, who have not been announced yet.

“The nation’s energy landscape has changed dramatically since the Department of Energy was created in the 1970s amid energy scarcity and global market turmoil,” Upton said in a statement

“It’s time we flip the script on the department and ensure its mission can meet 21st Century challenges — from its continuing nuclear security responsibilities to the geopolitical benefits of energy abundance to the emerging threats of the cyber age.”

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