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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A greater-than-expected increase in crude inventories, coupled with falling stock prices and a strong dollar, sent oil prices tumbling again Wednesday. U.S. benchmark crude for December delivery slid 2.5 percent, or $1.97, to settle at $80.52 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent lost $1.51 to end the trading day at $84.71, Reuters reports.
A lawsuit filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington -– or CREW -– alleges that the Environmental Protection Agency failed to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request to release documents relating to the biofuels mandate in the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard, The Hill reports.
Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good told NPR in an interview that she is focusing on making sure that the company is taking the right steps to address the Dan River coal ash spill, but she hopes that in a year or two the utility can move beyond the matter.
Three states in New England and two on the West Coast headed the list when it came to energy efficiency in 2014, while North Dakota, home to the Bakken shale, brought up the rear, in a survey published Wednesday by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, according to U.S. News & World Report.
Insurance companies are covering less but losing more money as a result of natural disasters, and sustainability advocate Ceres found in a survey that many “show a profound lack of preparedness” when it comes to the impact of climate change, The New York Times reports.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has cruised waters off the Rhode Island coast to view the impact of climate change on marine life, and now Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., is visiting his colleague’s home state to learn first-hand about the impact of government policy on the lives of coal miners, the Los Angeles Times reports.
An analysis of state environmental data by the Natural Resources Defense Council found that 5 million people in California already live within a mile of an active oil or gas well, and expanding drilling could expose them to greater health risks, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Four major corporations announced Wednesday they will offer employees discounts on buying or leasing home solar systems through Geostellar, in what's called the Solar Community Initiative program, The New York Times reports.
In order to cope with Western sanctions, the state-owned oil giant Rosneft is asking the Russian government for more than 2 trillion rubles, the equivalent of nearly $50 billion, The Wall Street Journal reports.