A pair of 1997 memos released by the Clinton Library reveal an internal debate in the Clinton Administration over how to reduce carbon emissions and press developing nations to adopt similar limits ahead of the Kyoto Protocol talks, Politico reports.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The coal industry is shedding thousands of jobs and facing the government's most severe crackdown on carbon emissions yet. But king coal still flexes its political muscle in Kentucky and West Virginia, where Republicans and even Democrats try to out-coal one another by cozying up to the industry and slamming President Barack Obama.
In other coal-producing areas such as Ohio and Virginia, Democrats have been able to win even with the industry against them. That's not an option for politicians in the heart of Appalachia.
Many people here still cling to coal as a source of work and cultural pride, so almost everyone running for office seeks the mantle of coal savior, or at least defender.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Campaign photos showing a Greek power plant and a Ukrainian model posing as a coal miner have raised questions about the authenticity of the candidates' pitches to voters in Kentucky's hard-hitting Senate race.
Accusations of misusing stock photos are flying between the campaigns of Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky's Democratic secretary of state. The sensitive issues of coal and gun rights are at the center of the dispute.
Grimes is challenging McConnell in his bid for a sixth term in November.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor could be the next House speaker, but first he has to get past a little-known, tea party-backed challenger with a vocal following in Tuesday's Republican primary in Virginia.
Cantor is squaring off against Dave Brat, an economics professor who has never held elected office and has raised just a fraction of what Cantor has.
Although he's a political novice with little money, Brat has been a thorn in Cantor's side, casting the congressman as a Washington insider who isn't conservative enough. Last month, a feisty crowd of Brat supporters booed Cantor in front of his family at a local party convention.
Obama administration moves to address climate change, like the carbon rule announced Monday, make things more difficult for vulnerable Democratic Senators running for re-election in several states, National Journal reports.
An Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on nuclear safety saw fireworks erupt Wednesday between chair Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and the panel’s ranking Republican Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana, The Hill reports.
With the prospect of Republicans winning control of the Senate in November, GOP candidates are getting 63 percent of the cash electric utilities' political action committees are donating for campaigns this year, Bloomberg reports, noting that the margin is even bigger for money coming from oil and gas companies, according to an analysis from data collected by the Center for Responsive Politics.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has touted his new bill to stop the President Barack Obama's proposed regulation of power plant carbon emissions, but he can't count on support from a leading pro-coal Democrat.
A spokesman for Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., said Wednesday that he opposes McConnell's bill.
"Sen. Manchin is much more interested in using the full year between now and when the rule would become final to explore avenues that ensure recognition of the need for current and future coal resources to ensure reliability and the future of our economy," the spokesman said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican Party continues its disciplined march toward an impressive lineup of candidates this fall, when it hopes to wrest the Senate majority from Democrats and control both chambers of Congress during President Barack Obama's final two years.
Tuesday's primaries produced another batch of Senate nominees who seem about as promising as party leaders could have hoped for. There's still plenty of time for stumbles, of course. But so far, the GOP appears to be sidestepping the type of gaffe-prone and fiercely ideological candidates who blundered into excruciating losses in 2010 and 2012.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Locked in a race that won't end, Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran and tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel pointed toward a possible June 24 run-off after battling to a near-draw Tuesday in a primary that underscored Republican differences.
Unofficial returns from 98 percent of the state's precincts showed McDaniel with slightly over 49 percent of the vote in a three-way race and Cochran with slightly less. It takes a majority by one candidate to avoid a run-off.
"For too long, we've been silent. For too long, we sat still. For too long, we let them have their way with us," McDaniel told supporters late Tuesday in a slap at the Washington establishment.
The vision for Virginia’s energy future, to be made public by Gov. Terry McAuliffe Wednesday, will review the costs and benefits to the state from the Environmental Protection Agency’s rule to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants, E&E reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency, which hasn’t updated the list of chemicals it regulates at sewage plants in more than three decades, doesn’t target some 300 labelled as hazardous under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, a report from the EPA Inspector General says, according to The Hill.
Positive consumer spending data helped push oil prices higher early Tuesday, although benchmark crude is looking likely to rack up its largest quarterly drop in some two and a-half years. U.S. prices were 19 cents higher to $94.76 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent gained 32 cents to $97.52, Reuters reports.
Energy market monitor Genscape has been tracking the tanker Polar Discovery, which could hold up to 784,000 barrels of crude, as it heads from Alaska to Yeosu, South Korea, FuelFix reports, having determined from a ConocoPhillips spokesman that the company has made a rare deal to sell a cargo of North Slope crude in Asia in the fourth quarter.
The U.S. imported 569,000 more barrels of crude in July than it did in June, according to data from the Energy Information Administration, which said the figures were still lower than in 2013 and also noted that for the first time, none of the imports came from Nigeria, Platts reports.
Oilfield services giant Schlumberger is having around 20 mid-level and senior managers leave Russia, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg, in the wake of Western sanctions imposed over the Ukraine crisis.
The partnership between Qatar and Exxon Mobil in plans to export liquefied natural gas from the Golden Pass terminal in Texas is part of the Gulf nation’s strategy to maintain its status as a major player in the industry globally into the future, The New York Times reports.