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Enviros use Keystone vote to raise money

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Bloomberg

The Sierra Club, the League of Conservation Voters and Tom Steyer’s NextGen Climate have all lobbied supporters for donations following the Senate’s narrow vote to defeat a measure backing the Keystone XL pipeline, Bloomberg reports.

Democrats: Pallone beats Eshoo to take top House energy slot

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National Journal

Rep. Anna Eshoo, the candidate favored by fellow California Democrat House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to become ranking member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, lost out in a vote of the full Democratic Caucus to Rep. Frank Pallone of New Jersey, who outranked her in terms of seniority, National Journal reports.

Keystone bill sponsors, chief critics spoke out ahead of vote

Source: 
National Journal

In the runup to the Senate vote on the Keystone XL pipeline measure, which was narrowly defeated, bill co-sponsors Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La. and Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., mentioned it the most on the floor, but critics Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev. and Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., also were in the top 10 list of those speaking about the project, National Journal reports.

House defies WH over EPA science board

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The Hill

Defying a veto threat from the White House, the House has approved H.R. 1422, a bill that would change the way the Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board is selected, The Hill reports.

After Keystone, Landrieu faces tougher re-election

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A failed effort to push approval of the Keystone XL pipeline through Congress behind her, Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu now faces an even greater challenge to win a runoff election next month.

After narrowly leading the field on Nov. 4 as her party lost control of the Senate, Landrieu had pinned her bid for re-election on championing approval for the long-delayed Canada-to-Texas pipeline during the lame-duck Congress. While the pipeline would not pass through Louisiana, it would serve as a ready-made example of her clout in Washington for voters in a state with a robust oil and gas industry.

Bloomberg: Landrieu energy committee activism surged in 2014

Source: 
Bloomberg

A Bloomberg analysis of Sen. Mary Landrieu's public role on the Senate's energy committee found the Louisiana Democrat became much more active after becoming chair of the panel last February. 

Stevie Wonder headlining fundraiser for Landrieu

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Stevie Wonder is lending a hand to endangered Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu.

The legendary musician is performing at a $1,000-per-person fundraiser Dec. 1 in New Orleans to drum up campaign cash for the Big Easy Committee, a joint committee that supports Landrieu and the Democratic State Central Committee of Louisiana.

Energy and Commerce battle could be outlet for Democrats’ frustration

Source: 
National Journal

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., may not have any trouble getting re-elected to lead House Democrats for another term, but lawmakers’ frustration over the party’s poor showing at the polls in the mid-term elections may spill over into the long-running fight over who will be the ranking member on the Energy and Commerce committee, Rep. Anna Eshoo of California or N.J. Rep. Frank Pallone, National Journal reports.

Obama stakes final 2 years on climate change

WASHINGTON (AP) — With just two years left in power, President Barack Obama is elevating his efforts to combat global warming above almost all else as he seeks to leave an imprint on the world that will endure after he's gone. It's a strategy rooted not only in Obama's long-stated support for such efforts, but also in political reality.

Two weeks ago, Obama watched his prospects for realizing his goals on education, wages and immigration all but evaporate as voters handed his party a stinging rebuke in the midterms, putting Republicans in full control of Congress for the remainder of his presidency. But on a trip last week to Asia and Australia, Obama sought — and found — fruitful opportunities to make a lasting difference on global warming.

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Landrieu seeks final vote to pass Keystone XL

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., on Monday expressed confidence that she would get the 60 votes she needs to pass a Keystone XL pipeline approval bill she has championed, but uncertainty remained over the whether she remained one vote short.

"I feel very comfortable," a beaming Landrieu told reporters late Monday. Asked if the push to win over senators had stalled at 59, Landrieu said, "it's not," but declined to say who she expected to be the pivotal final yes vote.

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