Idaho Sen. Jim Risch announced today that he’s been named chairman of the energy subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources; Risch previously was the ranking Republican on the subcommittee. Risch said he’s “honored.”
“My appointment to this subcommittee is important to Idaho as the home of the Idaho National Laboratory,” Risch said in a statement. “With INL's research in the areas of energy, security and the environment, it is well positioned to continue its important role in our nation's energy security. Additionally, a strong economy and quality of life are directly linked to energy, and our obligation is to see that the American people get the best of both.”
The subcommittee has oversight of national laboratories; energy research and development; federal energy conservation programs; climate change; petroleum reserves; oil, gas and coal production and distribution; and more.