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Geoscience Policy Monthly Review: November 2013

The Monthly Review is part of a continuing effort to improve communications about the role of geoscience in policy. Current and archived monthly reviews are available online.

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Administration & Congress

  • Calvert leads House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment

Congressman Ken Calvert (R-CA) has taken over from Congressman Mike Simpson (R-ID) as Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies. Calvert, whose district lies near California’s San Bernardino and Angeles National Forests, has said he will focus his attention as Chairman on wildfire prevention and management, as well as loosening restrictions on energy development.

The Interior Subcommittee has jurisdiction over the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of the Interior (excluding the Bureau of Reclamation), and the U.S. Forest Service, among other agencies. Former Interior Chairman Simpson will assume the chairmanship of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies.

Sources: U.S. House of Representatives

  • Simpson to lead Energy and Water Development subpanel

Congressman Mike Simpson (R-ID) has been appointed as Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development. The Subcommittee funds all functions of the U.S. Department of Energy, the US. Army Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of Reclamation, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and other agencies. Simpson was formerly Chairman of the Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee. He will remain a member of the Subcommittee on Interior and the Environment as well as the Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, Labor, and Education.

Sources:, EE News, Tennessee Valley Authority










Monthly Review prepared by: Maeve Boland, Geoscience Policy Director; Abby Seadler, Geoscience Policy Associate; and Sophia Ford, AGI/AAPG Fall Intern.



Compiled December 11, 2013


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