Walker faces questions about big donor, environmental oversight

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Likely presidential candidate Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday dismissed a report that he helped steer tax credits and eased up on environmental oversight to benefit national hardware chain Menards after its billionaire owner donated $1.5 million to a conservative group.

Perry calls for end to crude export ban


Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a likely 2016 presidential candidate, called Tuesday for an end to the ban on crude oil exports, FuelFix reports.

Scientists and green groups urge museums to stop taking Koch contributions

The Hill

Dozens of scientists sent a letter - and green groups sent a petition - Tuesday to natural history museums, urging them to stop taking donations from oil companies and the Koch brothers, The Hill reports.

Republican Sen. Coats to retire, won't run in 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Dan Coats of Indiana announced his retirement Tuesday, opening up a Senate seat in a GOP-friendly state that could attract a roster of Republican hopefuls.

Where They Stand: Ted Cruz on key issues of 2016 campaign

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz announced his 2016 campaign for president Monday, hoping to energize the evangelical wing of the Republican Party and supplement his already strong support among tea party and grassroots conservatives. Here's a snapshot of where Cruz stands on issues likely to be debated during the GOP's presidential primaries.



When Cruz recently startled a New Hampshire 3-year-old girl by declaring "your world is on fire," he was attacking the Obama administration's foreign policy — not talking about climate change. Cruz says that for the past 17 years, satellite images show that "there's been zero global warming." But scientific experts say satellite data is the wrong way to measure global warming, which the vast majority of scientists say is happening and is caused by the burning of fossil fuels. Temperatures at ground level show that the planet has warmed since 1998 and that 2014 was the hottest on record. Cruz has acknowledged that climate change is real — but does not attribute that to human activity.

Senator: Obama risks backlash if Iran deal goes to UN first

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Republican senator warned Monday that the White House faces a "violent backlash" in Congress if it takes a nuclear deal with Iran to the United Nations before Congress.

The U.S. and its partners are trying to reach a framework agreement by the end of the month and a final deal by the end of June that would prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. In exchange, Tehran seeks relief from economic sanctions imposed by the United Nations, the European Union, the U.S. executive branch as well as Congress.

Whitfield legislation takes aim at carbon rule compliance

As the Environmental Protection Agency moves forward to finalize its plan to slash carbon emissions from existing power plants, a leading House Republican unveiled a new legislative strategy that seeks to delay the plan and grant governors the authority to reject compliance on economic grounds.

The “Ratepayer Protection Act,” released in discussion draft form by Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., would extend the compliance date for states to submit carbon reduction plans until any legal challenges to the rule are resolved. It would also allow governors to avoid compliance if they deem that, with backing from key state regulators, it would have a significant adverse effect on electric rates or grid reliability.

Commonwealth Edison supports competing clean energy bill

Crain's Chicago Business

A measure backed by utility Commonwealth Edison being introduced in the Illinois legislature competes with a bill already on the table, and could be intended to drum up support for the efforts of its parent company Exelon to increase electricity rates to support its troubled nuclear plants, Crain’s Chicago Business reports.

Minnesota lawmakers divided over energy direction


The Minnesota Senate has been looking at bills to encourage energy efficiency and renewables, while the House has created a new panel -- the Job Growth, Energy Affordability Policy and Finance Committee -- that is focused on prices, MPR reports.

Bridenstine, Cruz introduce wide-ranging energy bill

Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas., and Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., have teamed up to introduce the “American Energy Renaissance Act," a wide-ranging measure that would bar federal regulation of fracking, approve the Keystone XL pipeline and repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard, among other provisions, the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise reports.


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