The League of Conservation voters has picked out the first Democrat it’s targeting in the 2014 elections, adding Maine’s Troy Jackson, running in the 2nd Congressional District, to the “Dirty Dozen” list of candidates it says side against the environment, The Hill reports.
MAPLEWOOD, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's solar energy industry rallied Monday to resurrect a popular rebate program created by a 2008 renewable-energy ballot initiative that was curtailed when the state's largest utilities said they had to cease participation to avoid rate increases capped by the voter-approved law.
The Missouri Solar Energy Industries Association said its members will have to lay off thousands of workers if state lawmakers or the Missouri Public Service Commission don't fix an incentive program that provided up to $50,000 in rebates to customers who installed solar rooftop panels. Lawmakers are now in their final week of the annual legislative session.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supporters of a popular energy savings bill and the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline say they will keep trying to force Senate action on the measures, even after they were defeated amid partisan gridlock in the Senate.
The energy legislation would tighten efficiency guidelines for new federal buildings and provide tax incentives to make homes and commercial buildings more efficient. The pipeline measure would force a decision by President Barack Obama on the long-delayed project to carry oil from Canada to the United States.
Both proposals fell victim to election-year politics Monday night, as a procedural motion to end debate on the energy bill without amendments fell five votes short of the 60 votes needed for approval. The demise of the energy bill also sealed the fate of the pipeline measure. Senate Democratic leaders said the pipeline vote could occur only after Senate action on an unamended energy bill.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Two opponents in the hotly-contested Arkansas U.S. Senate race joined with officials from a pipe manufacturer Monday to press for approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would move crude oil from Canada to U.S. refineries.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, who is challenging Pryor, appeared together at Welspun Corp.'s 800-acre campus at the Port of Little Rock, where they called on President Barack Obama to approve the pipeline project.
Welspun Tubular LLC President and CEO David Delie showed reporters 358 miles of pipe made for TransCanada, the company building the pipeline, that's stacked up on 80 acres adjacent to an idle factory.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid signaled Monday that no last minute deal was in the works to save a bipartisan energy efficiency bill from being killed by a Republican filibuster.
A vote planned for early evening was expected to end the bill's chances for debate and passage, and take with it Reid's offer to hold a separate vote on legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who appears out in front in a crowded primary field as he seeks re-election, released multiple campaign ads Monday, with one video touting his backing for the Keystone XL pipeline project, The Hill reports.
A survey conducted for the League of Conservation Voters found that Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., is slightly ahead of his Republican opponent Rep. Cory Gardner, but the difference is within a 4-point margin of error, The Hill reports.
Activist Tom Steyer is putting millions into campaigns to back candidates who support his views on climate change and the environment, but not all Democrats are happy about it, National Journal reports.
If the legislature in Colorado continues to fail in its efforts to broker a compromise over a state-wide framework for drilling controls, expect a massive outpouring of money into local campaigns on the issue, The Denver Post reports.
Finding no agreement on energy – including the efficiency bill and other measures that Republicans were seeking to attach to it – the Senate will turn its attention this week to reviving some expired tax credits, National Journal reports.
The power substation in San Jose where a sniper attack last year raised concern about the security of the country’s grid has been breached again, according to Pacific Gas and Electric, which said thieves cut through a fence and stole some equipment, The New York Times reports.
A corn ethanol plant at the Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon, which Valero Energy Corp. bought in March, has restarted, FuelFix reports. It is expected to boost the company’s output to 1.3 billion gallons a year, making Valero the country’s third-largest ethanol producer.
Oil looks set to finish out the week higher in the wake of another positive piece of data on the U.S. economy, news of an unexpected rise in consumer confidence. West Texas Intermediate crude for October delivery was up 66 cents to $95.21 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent crude settled 35 cents higher to $102.81, Bloomberg reports.
Fighting in Tripoli may have been escalating, but in the east of Libya, the key oil port of Es Sider is once again getting a flow of crude from oilfields after exports there resumed last week following a one-year hiatus, an official told The Wall Street Journal.
Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., listed her parents’ home in New Orleans as her address in filing last week to qualify for the ballot in Louisiana, prompting some critics to question her residency status, The Washington Post reports.
Clean Air Act violations for the release of phosgene, methyl chloride and oleum at a West Virginia facility between 2006 and 2010 will cost DuPont $1.3 million in fines, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Justice Department said in announcing a settlement, The Hill reports.
A project to build a big $25 billion water tunnel system in Northern California poses water quality problems to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and a possible threat to smelt and salmon, the Environmental Protection Agency said in a letter accompanying comments posted online, the Los Angeles Times reports.