In their final debate Monday night, President Barack Obama was unmistakably on offense, but offered few new energy policy details. Mitt Romney, on the other hand, was decidedly muted in tone but offered new insights on his plans for clean energy investment and sanctioning Iran's oil industry.
Romney made some news during a defense of his 2008 call for the Big Three automakers to go through bankruptcy without a taxpayer bailout, saying he opposes "investing" in energy sector companies. Such a position would rule out future loan guarantees.
In the final presidential debate, Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney declared Monday night he would oppose direct government investments in clean energy and other private companies, his most forceful response yet to the Solyndra bankruptcy that cast a shadow over federal loan guarantees.
Drawing contrasts with President Barack Obama, Romney suggested his support for clean energy support would be limited to technology research and not aiding specific companies. "We're going to have to have a president, however, that doesn't think that somehow the government investing in car companies like Tesla and Fisker, making electric battery cars, this is not research, Mr. President," Romney said.
Responding to attacks that President Obama has failed to give proper attention to climate change, the Obama campaign sent an email to environmental groups noting the instances that the president has addressed the issue, The Hill reports.
The third and final debate between President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney on Monday night is being billed as a foreign policy discussion, which seems natural to cause a tussle over global oil supplies and U.S. foreign oil dependence.
But with Romney focused in recent days on the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and Obama ready to tout his record of ending the wars in Iran and Afghanistan and killing of Osama bin Laden, watch for energy to play at best a supporting role to bigger arguments.
Republicans may be joining the ranks of Democrats in calling for cuts to oil subsidies after the election, Politico reports. House Energy and Commerce Chairman Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., most notably argued that the subsidies should be eliminated completely.
In its endorsement of President Obama published Friday, The Denver Post bashed Mitt Romney's energy plan, saying that it "runs counter to the predominant view in Colorado, which is one that balances energy and environment."
Military veterans employed by the wind energy industry have scored meetings with a number of Republican leaders, including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Sen. Rob Portman, to push for the extension for a wind tax credit, The Hill reports.
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will consider seven nominees for positions at the Interior Department and Energy Department today, representing a major reshuffle of leadership at the departments, The Hill reports.
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced the branch is moving forward with an initiative with the Agriculture Department to make more regular purchases of bulk biofuels to power naval aircraft and vessels, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency proposed nine sites nationwide for Superfund designation, including a New York City industrial site once used to process radioactive substances, The Associated Press reports.
Marathon Oil announced it would invest $3.6 billion in new North American shale exploration, representing more than 60 percent of the company's $5.9 billion budget for new exploration, Houston Business Journal reports.
A group of business organizations led by Seventh Generation and the American Sustainable Business Council have launched a push for serious reform to the Toxic Chemical Safety Act, saying proposed improvements leave regulatory authority too weak, The Hill reports.
Canada's Fortis Inc., an investor-owned natural gas utility, will purchase Arizona-based UNS Energy Corp. for $2.5 billion, representing an effort by Fortis to grow its market capacity, Bloomberg reports.
Organizing for Action, the advocacy group formed from President Obama's reelection campaign, has launched a petition to support the administration's recent change to the "social cost of carbon" metric used to calculate the benefit of regulations, National Journal reports.
The European Commission is said to be planning an investigation into the U.K.'s offered price guarantee for a new EDF nuclear power plant to make sure it's consistent with European Union competition rules, Reuters reports.