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Text of the White House Conference on United States Energy Policy Act of 2000

This bill was introduced on September 14, 2000, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Sep 14, 2000 (Introduced).

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HR 5191 IH

106th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 5191

To provide for the convening of a White House Conference on United States Energy Policy to develop a national energy policy.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 14, 2000

Mr. WEYGAND introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Commerce


A BILL

To provide for the convening of a White House Conference on United States Energy Policy to develop a national energy policy.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ‘White House Conference on United States Energy Policy Act of 2000’.

SEC. 2. CONFERENCE.

    (a) AUTHORIZATION- The President shall convene a White House Conference on United States Energy Policy in order to develop a national energy policy for the United States. Such Conference shall take place within 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.

    (b) PLANNING AND DIRECTION- The Conference shall be planned and conducted under the direction of the Secretary and the Administrator, in cooperation with the heads of such other Federal agencies as are appropriate.

    (c) PURPOSE- The primary purpose of the Conference shall be to develop and recommend a national energy policy for the United States. As part of that effort, the Conference shall--

      (1) examine the need for, and make recommendations for strategies for promoting, energy conservation;

      (2) make recommendations for how best to promote the development of sources of energy other than fossil fuels, including defining the appropriate Federal role in such development;

      (3) assess the appropriate role of fossil fuels in United States energy policy, including an assessment of the efficiency and environmental effects of the use of fossil fuels;

      (4) examine the effects on energy supply and pricing of regulation, anticompetitive factors, inventory taxes, and ongoing mergers of energy companies; and

      (5) identify crucial issues in the development of a national energy policy.

    (d) PARTICIPANTS- The President shall invite to the Conference appropriate representatives of--

      (1) Federal, State, and local government policymakers;

      (2) industry, including producers, manufacturers, and wholesale and retail providers of energy and energy products, and including alternative energy producers, manufacturers, and providers;

      (3) consumers;

      (4) scientists;

      (5) environmentalists;

      (6) regulators; and

      (7) any other group the President considers appropriate.

    The President shall invite participants without regard to political affiliation or past partisan activity, and shall ensure that participation in the Conference is representative of a broad spectrum of expertise and opinions.

SEC. 3. ADMINISTRATION.

    In administering the Conference, the Secretary and the Administrator shall--

      (1) request the cooperation and assistance of the heads of such other Federal agencies as may be appropriate;

      (2) prepare and make available in the Federal Register for public comment a proposed agenda for the Conference not later than 30 days after the date of the enactment of this Act;

      (3) provide promptly any relevant information requested by the participants of the Conference; and

      (4) ensure that the recommendations of the Conference are not inappropriately influenced by any authority or special interest.

SEC. 4. REPORT.

    Not later than 90 days after the close of the Conference, the Secretary and the Administrator shall transmit to the Congress a report containing the findings and recommendations of the Conference, including recommendations for administrative actions and legislation necessary to implement the recommendations of the Conference.

SEC. 5. DEFINITIONS.

    In this Act--

      (1) the term ‘Administrator’ means the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency;

      (2) the term ‘Conference’ means the White House Conference on United States Energy Policy; and

      (3) the term ‘Secretary’ means the Secretary of Energy.