Tag: Lamar Smith

Veteran lawmakers from Texas clash over EPA subpoena

An unusual fight has arisen between two veteran lawmakers who have developed a close personal relationship as their parties’ leaders on a key congressional committee.  More »

Texas Republicans give Obama’s energy speech the ‘coal’ shoulder

We know this won’t surprise you, but Texas Republicans didn’t like what President Obama had to say today. We bring you a sampling of reaction.  More »

GOP House members demand answers on Obama administration’s fracking oversight

While championing the benefits of new energy extraction methods, Republican House members accused energy oversight agencies of research that misled the public on environmental and health risks. The accusations came at a joint Energy and Environment subcommittee hearing focus on hydraulic fracturing—often called “fracking”—an extraction technique pioneered in Texas in the 90s, which taps deep […]  More »

Smith calls for independent Solyndra loan investigation

Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, wants the Department of Justice to hire an outside lawyer to probe an Energy Department loan to bankrupt solar panel maker Solyndra.  More »

Lamar Smith wants outside lawyer to probe loan guarantee to bankrupt company Solyndra

The Texan who chairs the House Judiciary Committee says he wants an independent investigator to look into a loan guarantee the Energy Department approved for the now-bankrupt California company Solyndra LLC. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, wrote a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder today seeking an outside lawyer to probe Solyndra’s bankruptcy case to determine “whether politics played a role in influencing the Obama administration to favor Solyndra over more financially stable loan applicants.”  More »