Mike Bloomquist, the lead counsel for the GOP majority on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is leaving to work for lobbying firm Kountoupes Denham, with panel chair Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., thanking him for his contributions, The Hill reports.
Sen. Joe Manchin on Wednesday called on Louisiana voters to re-elect Sen. Mary Landrieu, in part to keep his colleague Sen. Maria Cantwell from taking the top Democratic post on the Senate's energy committee.
Manchin, D-W.Va., speaking to reporters after two days of stumping for Landrieu, said her defeat would take away a Democratic leadership voice for fossil energy on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
It could also elevate the liberal Cantwell, D-Wash., to the chairmanship or ranking minority member slot, which Manchin said would hurt his state as well as Louisiana, which depends on Gulf of Mexico oil and gas drilling.
"Without Mary, we, and those of us who come from energy states, such as West Virginia and Louisiana, we're dead. We are absolutely dead," Manchin declared.
MIAMI (AP) — Republican-turned-Democrat former Gov. Charlie Crist said Tuesday that current Republican Gov. Rick Scott "has no integrity" and his policies are driven by "the almighty dollar."
Crist made the remarks while discussing his campaign to seek his old job with his new party during an hour-long interview with Associated Press reporters that covered education, the environment and claims by Scott.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has twice won elections he was supposed to lose. If Democrats maintain control of the Senate in November, much of the credit will go to the wily Nevada Democrat.
Reid is not on the ballot this year, but his position as majority leader depends on Democrats denying Republicans the net six seats they need to retake the Senate. By all accounts he is working as single-mindedly toward that goal as any of his endangered incumbents.
The Koch brothers, Tom Steyer and the proposed Keystone XL pipeline got mentions during the first debate between Iowa Senate candidates Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley and his Republican opponent state Sen. Joni Ernst, Politico reports.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Two groups with close ties to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell are on track to spend nearly $20 million on television advertisements to sway Kentucky voters, a staggering amount for a single race that stands as a textbook example of the use of outside money in a tight contest.
While the effort began more than a year ago, the majority of the advertising by the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition and Kentuckians for Strong Leadership has aired since McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes won primaries in mid-May.
Pollution, petroleum coke and oil company investments have been among subjects covered in the $20 million worth of ads targeting the Michigan senate race between Democratic Rep. Gary Peters and his GOP rival Terri Lynn Land, The Detroit News reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — How much difference will it make if Republicans win the Senate majority on Nov. 4, joining the GOP-run House against a Democratic White House?
Congress' persistent gridlock is due largely, but not entirely, to the current power split in the two chambers. But even if Republicans add Senate control to their safe House majority, big legislative roadblocks will remain.
President Barack Obama still can veto legislation.
The Obama administration on Monday unveiled $450 million in job training grants to community colleges that includes money for oil industry jobs in Louisiana, where one of the nation's key Senate races is being waged.
The grants include $2.5 million to Delgado Community College in New Orleans to fund the Scale-up Southeast Louisiana for Energy and Advanced Manufacturing Jobs program. Industry partners in the program include ExxonMobil and Phillips66, among others.
Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas and potential presidential candidate, said in a Texas Public Policy Foundation speech Thursday night that the U.S. should “build an energy shield” to “help liberate our European allies from Russian energy aggression,” adding criticism of the Obama administration for dragging its feet in approving the Keystone XL pipeline, The Hill reports.
Oil prices surged 8.3 percent in Friday trading as rig data suggested a slowdown in shale oil development, with Brent crude rising $3.86 to $52.99 a barrel and U.S. crude climbing $3.71 to settle at $48.24 a barrel, Reuters reports.
A survey conducted by Reuters reports that OPEC output rose by 130,000 barrels per day in January as Angola boosted exports and Persian Gulf producers kept steady or increased output, a signal that some members plan to stay the course on maintaining output despite low oil prices.
Despite the collapse of crude oil prices last year, the latest Commerce Department report of gross domestic output showed outlays for new oil rigs and wells rose 8.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014, even as equipment spending across all U.S. businesses fell, Bloomberg reports.
Chevron CEO John Watson, after his company reported lower profits and announced budget cuts, voiced optimism for long-term industry prospects, saying the price of oil will have to rise above $50 per barrel to support new exploration to meet energy needs, FuelFix reports.
A new poll conducted by The New York Times, Stanford University and Resources for the Future suggests that more than two-thirds of Americans, including 48 percent of Republicans, say they consider themselves more likely to support a candidate who supports action to combat climate change.
The National Biodiesel Board in a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency voiced frustration with the agency's delayed implementation of biodiesel mandates, saying the slow movement has caused some producers to reduce staff and forced others into bankruptcy, The Hill reports.
A survey of economists by Bloomberg projects that many of the world's largest crude oil exporters like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar could see budget surpluses take hits and slip into deficits as global oil prices remain low.
Chevron, after posting a 30 percent decrease in earnings from the previous year in the fourth quarter 2014, abandoned plans to explore for shale gas in Poland, dealing a blow to efforts to develop hydraulic fracturing and shale drilling industries in Europe, The New York Times reports.
In an interview with E&E, Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., vice chairwoman of the Natural Resources Committee and leader of a new Interior and EPA oversight panel, discusses her familiarity with development and ranching issues in western states and her plans to limit Obama administration regulations on public land use.