UPDATE 1-Upton backed for US House energy panel chair-source

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WASHINGTON, Dec 7 (BestGrowthStock) – The House Republican Steering
Committee recommended onTuesday that Representative Fred Upton
chair the House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee
next year.

Pending approval of the full House Republican Conference on
Wednesday, Upton would head the powerful panel that has oversight
of energy policy, as well as healthcare and telecommunications.
Upton would replace Democratic Chairman Henry Waxman when
Republicans take control of the chamber in January from President
Barack Obama’s Democrats.

The moderate Michigan congressman waged a high-profile
campaign for the committee chairmanship in an effort to
demonstrate that he supports conservative causes.

Representative Joe Barton, a former chairman of the
committee, was trying to regain that seat but was passed over.

Barton, a Texas conservative, angered some House Republican
leaders earlier this year when he famously apologized to then-BP
Chief Executive Tony Hayward during a congressional hearing over
the creation of a $20 billion fund to pay for Gulf oil spill
damages.

Underscoring his support for conservative views, Upton has
called for an opening of the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve to
oil and gas drilling, scaling back government aid for renewable
energy and voiced opposition to requiring electric utilities to
use alternative energy for some of their power generation.

When he announced he would seek the chairmanship, Upton said
he would use the post to help repeal Obama’s healthcare reforms
enacted earlier this year.
(Reporting by Thomas Ferraro and Richard Cowan, editing by
Philip Barbara and Cynthia Osterman)

UPDATE 1-Upton backed for US House energy panel chair-source