Granholm talks LNG exports, grid, hydrogen and ethics

By Nico Portuondo | 04/17/2024 06:20 AM EDT

The Energy secretary parried with Republicans on the administration’s natural gas export permitting pause and her ethics record.

Jennifer Granholm.

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on Tuesday. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm went to Capitol Hill again Tuesday to defend the agency’s fiscal 2025 budget request, but spent most of her time battling Republicans on the Biden administration’s broader agenda.

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee GOP members went after Granholm for the administration’s contentious liquefied natural gas export permitting pause.

She also defended herself against an attack on her ethics. And took flack from Chair Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who urged Granholm to “fix the craziness” over pending hydrogen guidance.


In between those jousting sessions, Granholm found time to outline the agency’s proposed fiscal 2025 budget released last month, including funding for grid development and the hot topic of hydrogen tax credits.