A Congressional committee Feb. 5 recognized the plethora of domestic fossil fuel resources available in response to an abrupt change in energy forecast. The House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Energy & Power vetted new information from both government and industry sources that heralded an influx of non-renewable energy sources and related U.S. job creation. Three California committee members--all Democrats--attempted to turn the discussion from widespread consumption of more fossil fuels to assessing climate change and incorporating efficiency and renewables. Committee members from the Midwest and East mostly supported more domestic fossil exploration and consumption. Massachusetts and the Virgin Island representatives, though, weighed in on the side of Californians\u2019 concerns. \u201cAs we congratulate\u201d the U.S. for opening more fossil resources, \u201cwe should discuss how energy sources have a long-term effect on climate,\u201d said Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA). \u201cLow carbon, efficiency, and clean energy technology must have a seat at this table,\u201d added Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA). The hearing focused on the change in estimating resources for energy use in the last few years \u201cThe theory of scarcity is swept aside,\u201d according to a subcommittee memo outlining the debate. \u201cEstimates for domestic oil and natural gas resources have increased significantly over the previous decade,\u201d the memo added. Daniel Yergin, IHS vice chair and author of several books on energy resources, noted that despite Congressional interest fossil \u201cdrilling [is] mostly regulated at state level.\u201d He reported STRONGER (State Review of Oil & Natural Gas Environmental Regulations) is an organization trying to influence regulation. According to the organization, it\u2019s partially funded through government grants and supports state oversight. California legislators are considering regulating the boom in fracking for natural gas with the potential of Monterey Shale drilling on the San Luis Obispo\/Monterey Counties border. The area is mainly known for its oil potential, but it may also harbor \u201csomething like 12 billion barrels of gas, although it is going to be hard to get out,\u201d according to Bill Allayaud, Environmental Working Group California government affairs director. Currently, the Center for Biological Diversity and other environmental groups are suing the federal Bureau of Land Management over wildlife protection if fracking is allowed. The Dec. 18, 2012, filing in U.S. District Court, San Jose Division, claims the federal government violated the National Environmental Protection Act when it allowed 2,700 acres to be leased for gas sales. A fracking hearing is set for the California Senate Natural Resources committee Feb. 12.