WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative Rep. Raul Labrador launched a long-shot challenge on Friday to replace the recently defeated Rep. Eric Cantor as House majority leader.
Labrador, R-Idaho, was elected in the 2010 tea party wave that gave the GOP control of the House. His candidacy seems likely to be a symbolic waving of the flag for the chamber's restive conservatives because Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., appears to have all but nailed down the job.
The election for the No. 2 House GOP leadership post will be Thursday.
Twenty one House Republicans who’ve failed to back a restoration of the wind Production Tax Credit will be the target of ads by the Sierra Club accusing them of letting jobs in the sector “blow away,” The Hill reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Kevin McCarthy's knack for helping colleagues get elected and his ability to maintain a personal connection have given him the advantage in the race for House majority leader despite calls by some Republicans for a new, more conservative direction.
McCarthy, 49, who is serving just his fourth term from California, emerged Thursday as the clear front-runner to succeed Rep. Eric Cantor, whose loss in Virginia's GOP primary to a far-right candidate with little money and name recognition stunned the House and prompted questions about where it should turn as it fills its new leadership vacuum.
The fracking-driven drilling boom and the economic benefits that go with it could give some of the potential Republican presidential candidates – Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Rick Perry of Texas as well as Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal – potent ammunition for their White House runs, National Journal reports.
Senate Energy and Natural Resources chair Mary Landrieu, D-La., next week plans to bring up a bill in the committee to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, one that could help her re-election campaign but would also force a sensitive vote by another vulnerable Democrat.
Landrieu said she anticipated the committee would pass the approval bill, authored by Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., at a business meeting expected Wednesday. The meeting also is to include a vote on Norman Bay, President Barack Obama's nominee to chair the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Among candidates to replace outgoing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., is from a state that gets two-thirds of its electricity from natural gas as well as a sizeable amount of renewable energy generation, which may give him a slightly different perspective from Texas rival Rep. Pete Sessions, E&E reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — California Republican Kevin McCarthy quickly amassed support to become House majority leader on Thursday, but his likely ascent shut conservatives out of the chamber's top leadership jobs, leaving them fuming and exposing deep fissures within the GOP.
Within 48 hours of Rep. Eric Cantor's lightning primary-election downfall, McCarthy and his deputies aggressively rounded up votes with a pitch to Southern Republicans and pointed private conversations on the House floor in a race that occasionally had the markings of a personality-driven contest for class president.
Republicans sought to project an aura of unity but failed to quiet conservative complaints that such quick party elections after Cantor's defeat gave them little time to rally around an alternative who better reflects the right's ideology and the emboldened tea party. Votes are scheduled for next Thursday for majority leader, the No. 2 job behind Speaker John Boehner, and for majority whip, the No. 3 party post.
Speaking at the California Commonwealth Club Wednesday night, potential 2016 presidential candidate Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, spoke up in favor of fracking and devolving policy making decisions to states, and against cap-and-trade and other measures to fight climate change that he warned would strangle the economy, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has few closer allies than Australia but climate change could prove a touchy issue when Australia's conservative prime minister makes his first White House visit Thursday.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who was elected in September, arrives in Washington a week after President Barack Obama announced bold plans to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by nearly a third by 2030 from 2005 levels.
Abbott has described those as sensible steps but has made clear that he doesn't view the fight against global warming as a top priority and is set against action that could crimp Australian business. He plans to scrap Australia's carbon tax on polluters.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Repudiated at the polls, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor intends to resign his leadership post at the end of next month, officials said Wednesday, clearing the way for a potentially disruptive Republican shake-up just before midterm elections with control of Congress at stake.
Cantor was expected to announce his plans at a late-afternoon meeting of the party's rank and file, less than 24 hours after the Virginia Republican lost a primary election to David Brat, a little-known and underfunded rival backed by tea party groups.
Before the announcement, jockeying already had broken out among fellow Republicans eager to move up the House leadership ladder — or establish a foothold on it.
The Interior Department rule governing drilling on federal lands should contain “the strongest possible safeguards,” according to a letter sent to the Office of Management and Budget by Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey and 11 of his Democratic colleagues, FuelFix reports.
Agreements reached between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the Indian leader’s visit to the White House include a strategic partnership to improve energy security, clean energy and climate change resilience, The Hill reports.
Ahead of the weekly stockpile report issued Wednesday, oil was trading slightly higher the day after a big plunge. West Texas Intermediate crude for November delivery was up 43 cents to $91.59 in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent climbed 19 cents to $94.86, Bloomberg reports.
Shares in oilfield equipment maker National Oilwell Varco have dropped some 2.6 percent since the company announced it would buy back $3 billion worth from investors, the repurchase a sign that the firm may be running out of acquisition targets, FuelFix reports.
Seven Western states are starting up an energy imbalance market this week, which offers up electricity to buyers in five-minute increments, giving them a chance to smooth out the impact of more variable renewable energy into the grid, E&E reports.
The retirement of coal plants over the next six years – pushed by tougher federal emissions regulations – should cause an increase of up to 5 billion cubic feet a day in demand for natural gas, according to Standard & Poor’s Ratings Direct, Platts reports.
Claiming in a report that African-Americans bear a greater brunt of the health impacts from the use of coal as an energy source, the NAACP is calling for a more just energy policy in Utah and across the rest of the country, which would encourage developing alternative energy and clean energy, according to the Deseret News.
As technology advances -- with the availability of cheap sensors and a proliferation of software to help collect and analyze the data they gather -- the drive toward more energy efficiency in buildings is getting a big boost, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A special fund launched in Mexico Tuesday will handle income from the country’s oil and gas sector -– which has been newly opened to private investment –- giving some of it to the federal government and directing some to long-term savings, The Wall Street Journal reports.