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From: Douglas Grandt answerthecall@me.

Subject:S.1460 is premature without petroleum industry public hearings
Date:October 18, 2017 at 3:05 PM
To:Brian Hughes (Sen ENR Ctee), Angela Becker-Dippmann (Senate ENR Ctee)
Cc: Michaeleen Crowell (Sen. Sanders), Katie Thomas

Dear Brian and Angela,

The only hearing Chairman Lisa Murkowski has held on S.1460 is the one held September
19 and archived on at as documented at
The full committee hearing will be held on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at 10:00
a.m. EDT in Room 366 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, DC.
The purpose of this hearing is to examine the vegetation management
requirements for electricity assets located on federal lands and to receive testimony
on Section 2310 of S. 1460, the Energy and Natural Resources Act of 2017, and
H.R. 1873, the Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act.
S.1460 is not in the Public and National Interest, given the likelihood of debt default,
insolvency, bankruptcy and collapse of the petroleum industry in view of sustained global
oversupply and depressed prices precipitated by tight oil and gas production booms and
global competition for market share, national economies on the verge of collapse, over
extended debt, underinvestment in exploration, rapid depletion of unconventional plays,
declining EROI and declining demand as advances in carbon-free power generation,
storage and vehicle electrification surge ahead.
All parties involved in aiding and abetting S.1460 without so much as the slightest
consideration of the weak underpinnings of the assumed oil and gas viability are remiss
and must be held legally and morally accountable to the American public.
Again, I implore you to retract S.1460 and hold legitimate inquiries into the viability of the
petroleum industry, how their CEOs and Boards of Directors will exercise fiduciary duty
while simultaneously acting in the Public and National Interest during the endgame of the
petroleum era, which we have already entered. Oil is in its death throes now.
Sincerely yours,
Doug Grandt