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The leadership of key committees on Capitol Hill is about to change. The faces on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the House Natural Resources Committee, and the House Energy and Commerce Committee will look different in 2021. On the Republican side, retirements have left openings while appointments to the Biden cabinet may shake up Democratic leadership on committees handling public lands, energy, and the implementation of the Green New Deal.
Western lawmakers, including Governor Mark Gordon (R, Wyo.) and Sen. John Barasso (R, Wyo.) pushed for reform of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) at a hearing on Wednesday, arguing states should have greater authority in recovering endangered species.
In a speech in Washington on Thursday, President Donald Trump announced a proposal to modernize the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to help complete new infrastructure projects. The proposed rule change would set a two-year deadline for completing environmental impact statements and a one-year deadline to complete environmental assessments and imposes page limits on environmental reviews.