Since taking the chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Sen. Mary Landrieu has said she will use the post to address issues in her home state of Louisiana, particularly jobs and revenue from oil and gas development.
On Tuesday, she made that plan abundantly clear in her first re-election ad. The ad proclaims that as chair "she holds the most powerful position in the Senate for the people of Louisiana."
Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., facing a tough re-election battle, released a campaign ad in which she stresses her defense of the state’s oil industry and her power as the chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, as well as her differences with the Obama administration, The Hill reports.
The League of Conservation Voters and the Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund are banding together to create the LeadingGreen coalition, a political alliance with a $5 million bankroll that will give direct donations to candidates that have views similar to theirs on environmental issues and climate change, The Hill reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's energy policies lack "consistency." His rhetoric may be all-of-the-above but that is "not what we see."
These are critiques not from a Republican lawmaker or an outside pundit but from Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. The freshman from North Dakota fashioned herself as an independent-minded candidate as she won an upset victory in 2012. And she has carried that ethos into her second year in office, emerging as perhaps the White House's most consistent Democratic critic on energy policy.
Potential 2016 presidential contender Hillary Clinton will deliver the keynote address at the clean energy summit in Las Vegas in September, conference sponsor Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., told journalists, The Hill reports.
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Announcing his campaign to return to Washington by way of New Hampshire, former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown tweaked the state's "Live Free or Die" motto Thursday to bash both President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law and Democrat Jeanne Shaheen's support for it.
"It forces us to make a choice: Live free or log on," Brown told supporters gathered in a hotel ballroom. "Guess what? In New Hampshire, we choose freedom."
Brown, whose formal campaign announcement comes four months after he moved to New Hampshire, faces several other Republican primary opponents hoping to defeat Shaheen in November. And while recent polls give Shaheen the lead, Brown's strong name recognition and national fundraising network makes him a serious contender, and his candidacy helps the GOP's push to claim the Senate majority.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee reported raising $8.1 million in March, compared to $6.4 million for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Roll Call reports, noting the Democrats say they now have $22 million to spend on the midterm elections.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Hoping to return to Washington by way of New Hampshire, former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown is using a variation of the state's "Live Free or Die" motto to argue against President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law.
Brown planned to formally announce his Senate bid Thursday night. In excerpts of remarks provided by his campaign, he said the health care law forces people to "live free or log on."
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Democratic gubernatorial primary debate Wednesday became edgy, perhaps for the first time after a long string of cordial forums, while the candidates also refused to consider a "plan B" when it comes to their school-funding plans to raise taxes on the state's booming natural gas industry.
Asked how they would fulfill their pledges to boost state aid if they could not win legislative approval to raise taxes by hundreds of millions of dollars a year on the natural gas drilling industry, the candidates all challenged the premise of the question.
Rather, they said, the idea is popular around the state and that it is possible to win over a Republican-controlled state Legislature that has thus far imposed a roughly $200 million-a-year "impact fee" on the industry, rather than a billion-dollar tax sought by some lawmakers. Businessman Tom Wolf and former Clinton White House environmental adviser Katie McGinty suggested that a hunger for more state aid for public schools is motivating support for a gas drilling tax.
The Department of Transportation’s proposed regulation tackling oil train safety may have been dealing mostly with tank car construction, but the DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is also reporting on the volatility of Bakken crude, E&E reports.
A 20 percent increase in revenue for Noble Energy in the second quarter on higher shale production wasn’t enough to sustain last year's profits, which fell 49 percent compared to the year-ago period, to $192 million, FuelFix reports, noting the company dropped $187 million on commodity derivatives.
Alberta-based Encana Corp. reported a 31 percent drop in second quarter operating profit despite an increase in its production of oil and natural-gas liquids, but CEO Doug Suttles maintains the company’s results were strong and it would stick to its strategy of shifting away from natural gas, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Repsol’s $524 million adjusted net income in the second quarter was lower than in the period a year ago but beat analysts’ expectations, Bloomberg reported, noting that output from new wells and improved margins for refining helped the company – reported to be shopping for a major acquisition – overcome problems with production in Libya.
International oilfield services company Weatherford announced a second quarter net loss of $145 million on lower revenues, although it says it has nearly completed a plan to cut 6,600 jobs, FuelFix reports.
Utilities like Pacific Gas & Electric and Sempra rank highly in the use of renewable energy and promoting energy efficiency, while Entergy and Dominion Resources are near the bottom of the list of 32 of the nation’s utilities in an analysis compiled by Ceres and Clean Edge, groups which promote sustainable energy, Forbes reports.
There will be a court-supervised bidding process involved in the restructuring of bankrupt Energy Future Holdings, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission Thursday, in which the prize will likely be the Texas transmission business Oncor, The Wall Street Journal reports.
EU governments are considering new sanctions over the Ukraine crisis to limit Russian access to capital markets, as well as energy technology and weapons, Reuters reports, noting discussions are set to continue Friday with no action expected before next week.
The Washington Post reports on problems in Pueblo, Colo., where Black Hills Power, the utility servicing local residents, moved away from coal-fired generation and Xcel, the utility that built a new coal-fired plant in the area, stopped selling power locally and people were left scrambling to cover soaring bills.