Is Your Government Relations Team #SmartWorking?

There’s been a huge swell in lobbying activities in Washington during the COVID-19 pandemic as Congress swiftly enacts policies to help those impacted. Events like the COVID-19 pandemic typically alter the course for many sectors toward technologies and different methods they should have been using all along. So, it begs the question why are some government relations firms charging their clients $40,000, $50,000 and $80,000 per quarter? It’s outrageous. #Smartworking government relations firms will never cost that much.

President Trump Challenges to Use Better Infrastructure Techniques

During the COVID-19 press conference on April 5, President Trump addressed a question on the need and timing of infrastructure improvements for the U.S.  President Trump supports a massive investment in much-needed improvements to U.S. roads, rail, bridges, levees, drinking water, seaports, airports, etc. that will also help spur the economy post-COVID-19 pandemic. President Trump…

What Can Possibly Be Accomplished During 2018 Lame Duck Session of Congress?

Congress left many issues undone for the 16-days scheduled in the legislative calendar after the 2018 midterm elections, known as the lame duck session of Congress. Below are some of those remaining issues. FY 2019 Appropriations Bill Congress enacted 5 (of the total 12) annual FY 2019 appropriations bills prior to the beginning of the…

Federal Budget Changes Coming. Is Your Organization Ready?

No matter the outcome of the upcoming mid-term elections there is an important policy issue that will take center stage early in the coming 116th Congress.  Its an issue that everyone knows Congress must begin to address and its an issue that could impact everyone’s favorite federal program — the federal debt and growing federal…

Cansler Keynotes Annual Conference for Tennessee Farm Bureau Presidents

“Tim Cansler’s behind the scenes Washington knowledge on agricultural and farm issues makes him an excellent choice for hearing the “rest of the story” about current Washington happenings. His agricultural and Farm Bureau background provide a solid foundation and understanding of the issues important to farmers.” Jeff Aiken President Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation Cansler Consulting,…

EPA Finalizes Two Rules Under Renewable Fuels Standard

BioFuel iStock_000021784617SmallOn Wednesday the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized two rules under its Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS).  One rule expands the list of advanced fuels while the other rule begins a voluntary program to combat fraud.

Specifically, EPA added compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas and electric power used as a transportation fuel – all produced with sources of biogas – to the list of qualified cellulosic or advanced biofuel.  While EPA has not finalized RFS volume for 2014 this rule mandates that a percentage of renewable fuels displace gasoline or diesel fuel.  As anticipated the focus remains on advanced biofuels and EPA indicated this rule has the potential to provide notable volumes of cellulosic biofuel to the marketplace.…

Keystone Pipeline

Keystone Pipeline

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Recently, the Obama Administration announced it will extend a key review period of the Keystone XL Pipeline indefinitely. Most political pundits think this delay will push a decision until after the 2014 mid-term elections, which could signal the Administration’s intent to not approve the project. However, in its announcement, the State Department cited ongoing litigation in the Nebraska Supreme Court (which could re-route the pipeline) and additional time needed to review an unprecedented number of public comments received during the most recent comment period.…

EPA Seeks Stakeholder Input

EPA RFS Hearing 12-5-13

EPA Seeks Stakeholder Input on Authorities Under RFS and Biofuel Marketing

On December 5 officials from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) heard from about 140 witnesses consisting of individual consumers, oil companies, convenience store operators, livestock and crop producers during a hearing on their proposal to reduce the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).…

Congressional Committee on Energy & Commerce to Tackle RFS


Ed Whitfield (R-KY) Chairman, U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy and Power

Kentucky Congressman Ed Whitfield, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy and Power has indicated that the House Committee on Energy and Commerce is likely to take up legislation in October that will revise the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Before the August recess, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) assigned four republican colleagues; Cory Gardner (R-CO), Lee Terry (R-NE), Steve Scalise (R-LA) and John Shimkus (R-IL) the job of writing draft legislation to alter the energy mandates.  The draft legislation will begin the legislative process in Whitfield’s Subcommittee.…

Bipartisan Camaraderie On Energy Panels Suggest Progress in 113th

Or. Democrat Ron Wyden

Ron Wyden, Or. Democrat

Recent bipartisan camaraderie expressed among incoming US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Ranking Member Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and leaders in the U.S. House like Ed Whitfield (R-KY) Chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy and Power, is encouraging for potential movement of important energy legislation during the 113th Congress.

For instance the U.S. maintains an abundant supply of natural gas and steps are needed to help make it a viable portion of the nation’s multiple energy-generating sources.  Policies are needed to foster natural gas production and congressional leaders serving on the House and Senate energy panels indicate that differences over environmental concerns like hydraulic fracturing can be worked out.…