CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Sen. Mike Enzi said his son didn't benefit from the senator's position in landing a job with a company that received almost $10 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a carbon-capture project that never got off the ground.
Enzi, a Republican seeking his fourth term in office, was questioned about his son Brad Enzi's involvement in the Two Elk Energy Park on Thursday at a Wyoming Public Media debate in Riverton.
The study at the site of the Two Elk Energy Park, about 15 miles east of Wright in the Powder River Basin of northeastern Wyoming, received almost $10 million in economic stimulus grants from the Energy Department. The U.S. Department of Energy last year declined to release records on the project on the grounds that a legal investigation is underway and that releasing documents could compromise the probe.
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii judge has upheld the timing of a makeup primary for more than 8,000 voters despite a last-minute challenge from a Senate candidate who said they should have more time to recover from a tropical storm.
Circuit Court Judge Greg Nakamura ruled Thursday that the election should proceed Friday.
The ruling rejects a complaint from U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, who is running in a Democratic primary for U.S. Senate against U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The two more conservative Republicans running for U.S. Senate in Alaska sought to distinguish themselves Wednesday evening in a rare head-to-head debate less than a week before the primary.
Joe Miller and Mead Treadwell agreed on several issues, including that people are entitled to the Social Security benefits for which they made payments. They spoke of possible revisions to the system, including allowing people to take their Social Security benefits at a later age.
Miller and Treadwell agreed that the science on climate change is inconclusive. They warned of policies that they said would economically hurt the middle class or dictate what kind of car one could drive. Treadwell, though, said concerns like ocean acidification cannot be ignored.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republican Senate hopeful Thom Tillis cut $500 million from education budgets while giving tax breaks to his rich friends, the campaign arm for Senate Democrats said Wednesday, in the first piece of a $9.1 million ad campaign set to stay on the airwaves through November's elections.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee's efforts to help endangered first-term incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan center on Tillis' tenure as speaker of the state House. Democrats have spent months combing through Tillis' voting record and now are starting an ad blitz to tell voters about the conservative GOP caucus he led in Raleigh.
But Democrats' criticism is not entirely accurate, and Tillis' campaign called the ads "shamelessly false."
Businessman Mike McFadden swept to an easy victory for the Republican Senate nomination in Minnesota, where he'll face off against incumbent Democrat Sen. Al Franken in November. The race was one of the highlights of primaries held in three states Tuesday.
McFadden, who had received party endorsement back in May, argued he was the only candidate who could raise enough money to take on Franken. The one credible challenger he faced was state Rep. Jim Abeler, who ran a shoestring campaign from a reconditioned ambulance and raised only about $146,000. McFadden brought in $4.3 million.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce promised "aggressive" spending for McFadden when it endorsed him earlier this month, and the national party tapped McFadden to deliver its weekly radio address last Saturday.
Billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer said Tuesday that turnout of so-called "dropoff" voters who tend to skip mid-term elections will decide whether key Senate Democrats, including Mark Udall of Colorado, can win their races this fall.
"This is much more about showing up than it is about persuasion," Steyer, founder of NextGen Climate, said at a forum in Aspen hosted by the American Renewable Energy Institute.
Udall is facing a strong challenge from Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., in a race that is among a handful that are expected to determine which party holds a Senate majority during President Barack Obama's final two years in office.
"A lot of the people who most support energy and climate candidates like Mark Udall, are the biggest dropoff voters, for a variety of reasons," Steyer said. "They tend to be young -- his voters are probably more 'dropoff' than Cory Gardner's by a fair bit."
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Needing to net six seats in November to regain control of the U.S. Senate, Republicans ought to be able to count on reliably conservative Alaska as something of a gimme.
But they'll first have to settle on a candidate. And as the Republicans on next Tuesday's ballot snipe, bicker and fight their way toward the primary, some are worried their candidate — no matter who it might be — will emerge too weakened to defeat Democratic Sen. Mark Begich.
He may not have a Democratic opponent at the moment since the withdrawal of Sen. John Walsh, but Senate candidate Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., has released a new ad anyway, which features a retired coal worker and attacks Obama administration climate change policies, The Hill reports.
“Coal lady” Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota is a major voice for the industry on the Democratic side of the aisle on Capitol Hill, E&E reports, noting she’s sponsored a measure to promote new technologies like carbon capture and sequestration.
The GOP chorus denouncing the Environmental Protection Agency move to lower the ozone standard was joined by House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., senior figures on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, as well as Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., who is chairman of the Republican Senate caucus, The Hill reports.
Ahead of the OPEC meeting in Vienna, oil prices recovered Wednesday from earlier drops triggered by word of a greater-than-expected increase in U.S. crude inventories as well as a comment from Saudi Arabia's oil minister that there would be no need for a production cut. West Texas Intermediate crude for January delivery slipped just 3 cents to $74.06 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent was 5 cents lower to $78.28, Bloomberg reports.
Freeport LNG has closed on financing deals – from Japanese sources -- for two of three planned liquefaction trains at its export facility, and should begin construction on its plant in Quintana, Texas this week, with operation projected to start in 2018, FuelFix reports.
Uranium prices are on track for an 18 percent increase in 2014, which would be the first annual gain for the energy commodity in four years and make it the best performing category in the sector, Bloomberg reports.
Nearly all of the claims dealt with through the settlement process after the 2010 BP Gulf of Mexico spill were handled correctly, according to a third party audit released Tuesday by claims administrator Patrick Juneau, The Times-Picayune reports.
The legal fight over the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the U.S. rule could revolve around what’s meant by the words “adjacent” and “neighboring,” as well as how the regulation defines a flood plain, E&E reports.
After a shareholder lawsuit filed to stop the $2.86 billion merger announced in June between C&J Energy Services and the fracking business of Nabors Industries, a judge in Delaware Tuesday ordered a 30-day suspension to allow for competing offers, but C&J said it would appeal, FuelFix reports.
Oncor’s proposal to install battery storage across the grid in Texas is coming in for criticism from a state lawmaker – Republican State Sen. Troy Fraser said his support for the $5.2 billion project came before he realized an increase in transmission rates would be part of the package, The Dallas Morning News reports.
Speaking about the failure of Google’s renewable energy project RE<C, two engineers, writing in IEE Spectrum recently, said trying to fight climate change using only existing technologies like wind and solar energy won’t work, Fox News reports.