Apr 5, 2024 - Energy & Environment

House Republicans step up oversight of energy body

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House Republicans are expanding oversight of U.S. participation in the International Energy Agency.

Why it matters: Fresh inquiries to the IEA and Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm are seeking data on U.S. funding for the international body, which produces influential analyses about the future of fossil fuels.

  • And they imply sustained pressure, following a recent joint letter from top Republicans on the Senate and House energy panels.

Our thought bubble: Keep an eye on whether some Republicans will look to scale back U.S. support.

  • Axios' Jael Holzman recently reported on GOP concerns about taxpayer dollars feeding the agency.

What's new: House energy committee GOP leaders wrote to Granholm asking for info on U.S. funding and the department's engagement with IEA studies.

  • A new letter to IEA head Fatih Birol asks more questions about its work and money.

Catch up quick: GOP critics and some oil analysts allege the organization is:

  • Offering overly rosy projections about the transition from fossil fuels — studies that influence policy and investment.
  • Straying from its founding energy security mission.

The other side: The agency has repeatedly defended its work and says its energy security focus is unwavering.

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