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Candidates opposed to climate change action could lose votes: Study

Source: 
The Hill

A study conducted by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication found that voters are more likely to cast ballots against candidates who oppose action to fight climate change, and also that Republicans are deeply divided over the issue, The Hill reports.

Begich backs Keystone, fossil fuel production and climate change fight

Source: 
The Hill

Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, who’s running in one of the key re-election contests this year, told a radio station in his home state over the weekend that “melding” support for increased fossil fuel production and the fight against climate change makes sense, The Hill reports.

Grocers still pushing for plastic bag ban in Calif.

Source: 
Bloomberg

Supporters and opponents of a ban on single use plastic bags in California shops spent $366,000 on lobbying the legislature in the first three months of the year, Bloomberg reports.

Narrow window for Senate to act on energy

Source: 
The Hill

With no more than 28 days for lawmakers to pass legislation after their return from the 4th of July break, there will be only a brief opportunity to break the Senate logjam over energy legislation, The Hill reports.

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Cassidy says Keystone project wrapped in 'red tape'

One of the Republicans' Senate hopefuls sought to remind voters this weekend that the party is going to keep pressing its support for the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline, and criticism of President Barack Obama, in the run-up to the mid-term elections.

Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., said in the GOP weekly address that Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., "are more interested in rolling out the red tape than the red carpet" for the $5.4 billion project.

Fear of voting grips Senate Democratic chiefs

WASHINGTON (AP) — A fear of voting has gripped Democratic leaders in the Senate, slowing the chamber's modest productivity this election season to a near halt.

With control of the Senate at risk in November, leaders are going to remarkable lengths to protect endangered Democrats from casting tough votes and to deny Republicans legislative victories in the midst of the campaign. The phobia means even bipartisan legislation to boost energy efficiency, manufacturing, sportsmen's rights and more could be scuttled.

The Senate's masters of process are finding a variety of ways to shut down debate.

No gov’t shutdown from Senate energy disputes: Thune

Source: 
Roll Call

Despite the ongoing partisan battles in the Senate that have stalled energy and appropriations legislation, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., predicts that the fight against the Obama administration carbon rule won’t end in a government shutdown this fall, Roll Call reports.

GOP term limits to force Issa out of Oversight chair

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E&E

In his position as chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., has dogged the Obama administration and many of its agencies, but he’s due to be pushed out of the position by Republican House caucus rules on term limits, E&E reports.

Measure to approve offshore drilling passes House

Source: 
The Hill

Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., called it “Groundhog Day in June for energy bills,” as House Republicans, in another vote on legislation that won’t progress further, shepherded approval of a bill that would force the Obama administration to permit drilling off the coasts of South Carolina, Virginia and California, FuelFix reports.

House votes to speed up LNG export approval

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has passed Republican-backed legislation aimed at speeding up the approval of liquefied natural gas exports.

The legislation would require the Energy Department to decide on each export application within 30 days after the environmental review has been concluded. It was approved on a mostly partly-line vote Wednesday.

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