WASHINGTON (AP) — Just about everyone thinking about running for president is kicking it into gear now, slowpokes included.
For months, many prospective 2016 presidential candidates have been rubbing shoulders with donors, networking with party leaders, getting on TV and otherwise auditioning for the contest ahead, especially on the Republican side.
Their pace is picking up. A few are even admitting now what has been obvious for eons: They're interested in the presidency, even if they aren't ready to commit.
PARIS (AP) — France's Greens could well be upbeat: They tallied record results in recent municipal elections. They got an unprecedented offer for the No. 2 post in a Socialist-led Cabinet. They champion environmental issues that many French have been contemplating ever since Paris skies were recently coated in heavy smog.
Instead, they're bickering — and the rift threatens to muddle the message of one of Europe's most visible and power-wielding ecology parties before next month's European parliamentary elections, potentially deflating the ability of avowed tree-huggers to shape policy at a time of rising environmental concerns.
HARAHAN, La. (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal's efforts to undo a New Orleans-area flood board's lawsuit against the oil and gas industry edged forward Thursday at the Legislature and in a nominating panel that gave him a chance to replace a member of the board who supported the lawsuit.
Tyrone Ben, a human resources manager for a mental health and counseling service in Chalmette, became the second of two nominees that could fill the seat now held by Tim Doody on the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East.
A bill to extend unemployment benefits continued to move through the Democratic-controlled Senate, with a vote expected on the measure next week, but without Republican amendments including one to approve the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, Roll Call reports.
Republicans are seeking to characterize Louisiana Democrat Mary Landrieu as impotent despite her taking the chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee, but records of her campaign donations seem to show the GOP will face a big challenge denting oil and gas industry support for her, E&E reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court struck down some limits on campaign contributions, creating the potential for big donors to play an even greater role in U.S. congressional and presidential campaigns.
The narrowly divided court on Wednesday rejected a ceiling, now set at $123,200, on overall contributions to candidates, parties and political action committees over a two-year period. But the impact of this ruling is limited because it does not undermine restrictions on contributions to individual candidates, now set at $2,600 per candidate, per election.
Still, the ruling further erodes restrictions put in place to reduce the influence of big spenders on U.S. politics. It follows a major 2010 case that lifted limits on independent spending by corporations and unions. Under that ruling, big donors have been able to work around the restrictions by going outside the campaign regulatory system and spending an unlimited amount of money on attack ads.
Environmental groups protested the Supreme Court's ruling Wednesday to strike down limits on aggregate contributions to candidates, committees and parties, saying the move opens the door for heavy polluters to have more influence on the nation's electoral process, The Hill reports.
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said Republicans are ready to act to push approval of the Keystone XL pipeline should President Obama fail to make a decision when the State Department's completes its final review next month, The Hill reports.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will try to block the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule limiting carbon emissions from existing power plants with an amendment to the bill restoring unemployment benefits, The Hill reports.
Moves by the Commerce Department to allow Pioneer Natural Resources Ltd. and Enterprise Products Partners LP to export lightly processed crude known as condensate are being “held without action,” sources told Reuters, which says the delay may give the agency more time to put together comprehensive guidelines.
Concerns about the shutdown of the Coffeyville refinery in Kansas after a fire pressured U.S. crude prices, benchmark WTI for September delivery dropped 70 cents to $100.97 while in London Brent crude gained on the announcement of fresh Russia sanctions, up 15 cents to $107.72, Bloomberg reports.
As violence in Libya worsens, shelling between rival militias at Tripoli airport has seen a third fuel storage tank set on fire, while the U.S. has already evacuated its embassy staff, Bloomberg reports.
Commerce Department moves to increase duties on many solar panels coming from China and Taiwan could hurt the industry in the U.S., according to warnings from Canadian companies Canadian Solar Inc. and Trina Solar Ltd., The Wall Street Journal reports.
At least six members of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, which makes policy recommendations to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, have had their financial conflicts of interest waived by the Department so that they can serve, according to documents obtained by E&E through the Freedom of Information Act.
American Electric Power Co.'s failure to reach its 2008 sales figures in the years since is an example of how utilities will have to rethink their traditional assumptions that demand for electricity will increase in the future, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Demand for drilling and production equipment is up at National Oilwell Varco and is likely to stay that way, according to chief Clay Williams, as the company reported a 17 percent gain in profit in the second quarter compared to a year earlier, FuelFix reports.
Canada’s Talisman Energy refused comment on details of its negotiations with Spanish oil giant Repsol, even as the company reported a second quarter loss of $237 million on lower gas prices and higher royalty payments, Reuters reports.
Senate Budget Committee chair Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said Tuesday that long term budgets don’t reflect climate change costs, while Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., and Angus King, I-Me., debated over the impact of carbon emissions on climate change, The Hill reports.