An ad that Georgia Senatorial candidate Michelle Nunn began running Wednesday criticizes fellow Democrats for opposing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Critics say Nevada lawmakers are gambling with taxpayers' money, but they clearly were in the minority Wednesday night as legislators moved forward with an unprecedented package of up to $1.3 billion in incentives they hope to approve in the days ahead to bring Tesla Motors' $5 billion battery factory to the state.
Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval urged legislators in the two Democrat-controlled houses to seize an "extraordinary opportunity" to land the electric car maker's "gigafactory" and the tens of thousands of jobs he said would help pull Nevada from the worst economic crisis in state history.
The Energy Department's approval of the Cameron liquefied natural gas export proposal on Wednesday comes at a very opportune time for Sen. Mary Landrieu.
The first finalization by the department of LNG exports to non-free trade countries since 2012, it arrived just as Landrieu heads into the home stretch in her bid to overcome a tough election challenge from Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La.
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Opposition emerged Wednesday as Nevada lawmakers began negotiating over whether to approve a complex package of up to $1.3 billion in incentives for Tesla Motors in a special session ordered by Gov. Brian Sandoval to seal the deal to bring the electric car-maker's $5 billion battery factory to the state.
The Republican governor urged legislators in the two Democrat-controlled houses to seize an "extraordinary opportunity" to land the $5 billion "gigafactory" and tens of thousands of jobs he says would help pull Nevada from its worst economic crisis in state history.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House on Tuesday approved a bill to block the Obama administration from implementing a rule that asserts regulatory authority over many of the nation's streams and wetlands — an action that critics call a classic Washington overreach.
The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a rule that it says will clarify which streams and waterways are shielded from development under the Clean Water Act, an issue that remains in dispute even after two U.S. Supreme Court rulings.
The House Natural Resources Committee is grilling Interior Department officials at a hearing Wednesday for allegedly failing to respond to its subpoenas, but Interior Secretary Sally Jewell wrote to the panel the day before, claiming that its requests have cost her department at least $2 million over two years, and have interfered with her staff attempting to carry out their duties, The Hill reports.
Scott Brown has won the Republican nomination in New Hampshire, to challenge Democratic incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen for her seat in the November election. And in New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, seeking to retain his post, easily won his Democratic primary contest as well.
They were the highlights as voters went to the polls in five states Tuesday.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen wasted no time contrasting Republican Scott Brown's recent arrival in New Hampshire to her deep connections and decades of service, running ads against him hours before he won the Republican nomination. But Brown was just as quick to dismiss her claims as "bumper-sticker rhetoric" and pledged to answer only to New Hampshire voters, not party leaders.
Brown faced nine primary opponents on Tuesday, though only two mounted serious campaigns. The front-runner from the start, he spent months tailoring his message toward a November showdown with Shaheen, and he spent Tuesday reminding voters that Republicans need to gain six seats to win a majority in the Senate during the last two years of President Barack Obama's term.
The leading Senate candidates in Louisiana – Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy and Democratic incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu – aren’t that far apart on energy issues, but Cassidy is hoping voters will back him to help give Republicans control of the Senate, E&E reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday the House will extend the authority of the Export-Import Bank this month and it may be done as part of a government-wide funding bill needed to prevent a shutdown at month's end.
The Ohio Republican told reporters that even a powerful foe of the bank, Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, believes a temporary extension is in order.
The bank, which helps finance foreign purchases of U.S. exports, has badly divided Republicans, with many conservatives favoring letting its charter expire. But is has widespread support from Democrats and traditional pro-business Republicans.
Short-covering and the expiration of the front month contract helped power oil prices to a huge gain Friday. West Texas Intermediate crude for January delivery shot up 5 percent, or $2.41, to settle at $56.52 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London February Brent finished $2.11 higher at $61.38, Reuters reports.
Oilfield services company Baker Hughes reported Friday that 1,875 rigs were drilling for oil and gas in the U.S. this week, a drop of 18 and the second week in a row that the number has fallen, FuelFix reports.
Comparing present-day statistics with numbers during the oil bust in the mid-1980s has led JP Morgan Chase economist Michael Feroli to warn that Texas could slip into a regional recession next year, FuelFix reports.
Job losses in the power generation sector over the past three years topped 5,800, according to data released by the Energy Information Administration Friday, which said all parts of the industry were affected other than renewable energy, The Hill reports.
Avenue Capital, the hedge fund run by Marc Lasry that specializes in buying distressed companies’ debt, is raising $750 million for a fund that will focus on the energy sector, according to the Pennsylvania Public School Employees’ Retirement Board, which confirms it has put in $200 million, the New York Post reports.
Tesla is testing the market for battery swaps: Near California supercharging stations where Model S owners can top up their batteries for free, the company is creating a facility where drivers can pay a cost equivalent to a tank of gasoline and get a fully-charged battery installed in three minutes, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The growth of global carbon emissions slowed in 2013 -– although the total of 35.3 billion tons did set a record -- and the rate of increase tailed off despite an uptick in economic activity, says a report from the European Commission’s Emissions Database for Global Atmospheric Research, or EDGAR, according to E&E.
INEOS hopes to get commercial shale gas production under way in Britain before the end of the decade, according to documents the government released Friday, which detailed the company’s presentation to the Department of Energy and Climate Change in February, Platts reports.