Under the new chair of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, a \u201ckey issues\u201d paper published Jan. 18, notes the panel opposes renewable energy mandates and aims to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from enforcing global warming regulations. The chair, Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), has a reputation for promoting job development. Upton calls what\u2019s commonly known as a \u201ccap-and-trade\u201d system, \u201ccap-and-tax.\u201d Upton appointed Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY) to chair the Subcommittee on Energy & Power. Whitfield notes he\u2019s pro-coal power and pro-alternative fuel development. \u201cAlthough governments have important roles to play in facilitating development of alternative energy, we oppose energy technology mandates that must be met regardless of cost,\u201d noted the committee. Calling EPA regulation a \u201cchokehold,\u201d the paper stated, \u201cWe believe it critical that the Obama Administration stop imposing its new global warming regulatory regime, which will undermine economic growth and U.S. competitiveness for no significant environmental benefits.\u201d The committee also noted that the federal government \u201cshirked\u201d its obligation to build a high-level radioactive waste facility at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. Waste from California nuclear plants was set to be shipped to that repository, but it was not built.