LCV targets Ernst in latest Iowa ad buy

The Hill

The League of Conservation Voters launched a new ad in the Iowa race to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin, criticizing Republican candidate State Sen. Joni Ernst for comments expressing a desire to shut down the EPA, The Hill reports.

Steyer's past coal investments draw scrutiny

The New York Times

Billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer has publicly divested from fossil fuel firms, but his former hedge fund's past investments in foreign coal mines and power plants could overshadow his efforts to elect climate-minded lawmakers, The New York Times reports.

Misconceptions helped kill Australian carbon tax

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — In 2007, Australians were ready to do something to combat climate change, even if it was expensive. More than two-thirds of them said so in a poll, and both major political parties vowed to make industries pay for greenhouse-gas emissions.

The undoing of that perspective will likely be complete after a new Senate is sworn in Monday. It's expected to give Prime Minister Tony Abbott the votes he needs to repeal a 2-year-old tax charged to around 350 of Australia's biggest carbon polluters. Three top political leaders lost their jobs over the issue as support for climate-change measures plummeted.

A global recession, political miscalculations and failed negotiations only partially explain the dramatic change.

Energy views across the spectrum in SD senate race

Argus Leader

South Dakota’s senate candidates hold a wide variety of views on energy issues: Democrat Rick Weiland wants to encourage energy efficiency and renewables, Republican Mike Rounds says government needs to push all energy development, independent Larry Pressler backs a cap-and-trade program for carbon emissions, and independent Gordon Howie wants to do away with the Department of Energy, the Argus Leader reports.

Weiss moved from CAP to LCV

National Journal

Daniel J. Weiss has left the Center for American Progress to head up the climate and elections program for the League of Conservation Voters, National Journal reports.

In NH, Romney insists he won't be a candidate in 2016

STRATHAM, N.H. (AP) — Returning to the same New Hampshire farm where he launched his last presidential campaign, Mitt Romney on Wednesday insisted he would not pursue a third White House bid but called on voters to punish President Barack Obama by giving Republicans the Senate majority this fall.

"I know that the president is not on the ballot this November, but the people of New Hampshire have a chance to vote on what they think about the president's agenda," Romney told hundreds of people gathered under a beating sun as he endorsed former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown's New Hampshire Senate campaign.

Romney criticized Brown's opponent, Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, as a "Simon Says senator" who blindly follows Obama's wishes.

Ohio Dem gubernatorial candidate opposes green energy freeze

The Columbus Dispatch

Ed FitzGerald, who is challenging Republican incumbent Gov. John Kasich in Ohio, says he would seek repeal of the measure that froze the state’s green energy targets, although he’s not giving full backing to the Obama administration’s rule to curb carbon emissions from existing power plants, The Columbus Dispatch reports.

Dead ahead: A pothole in highway construction aid?

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the summer driving season swings into full gear, states can expect a large pothole in their construction budgets if Congress doesn't reach an agreement quickly on how to pay for federal highway and transit programs, President Barack Obama and his top officials are warning.

States will begin to feel the pain of cutbacks in federal aid as soon as the first week in August if lawmakers don't act, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a letter to states. That's because the balance in the federal Highway Trust Fund is dropping and will soon go below $4 billion, the cushion federal officials say is needed for incoming fuel tax revenue to cover outgoing payments to states.

The cuts will vary from state to state but will average about 28 percent, transportation officials said. By the end of August, the trust fund's balance is forecast to fall to zero and the cuts could deepen.

Crossroads books $20M in TV ads for 6 Senate races

WASHINGTON (AP) — High-dollar donors' favorite political machine on Tuesday began booking another $20 million in television air time for an autumn advertising blitz aimed at tipping six Senate seats into Republican hands.

The Karl Rove-backed American Crossroads super PAC and its affiliated nonprofit Crossroads GPS disclosed they had requested blocs of ad time to start in September and to build on criticism against vulnerable incumbent Democratic senators. While Crossroads cannot directly coordinate with candidates or the GOP's central committees, by making its advertising schedule public, allies can plan their media strategies.

Crossroads, which accepts unlimited donations and has some of the GOP's top strategists as advisers, also plans to spend more cash on House campaigns.

Candidates opposed to climate change action could lose votes: Study

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.


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