As Republican talk on the campaign trail intensifies about cutting billions of dollars in drilling tax breaks, the industry's main trade group on Thursday made clear that Big Oil is not yet ready to embrace the loss of deductions in return for lower corporate rates.
"We understand that during the dynamic of a tax reform scenario, the industry will be impacted, just given the size and scope of our industry," said Brian Johnson, senior tax adviser at the American Petroleum Institute, during a media briefing.
With new momentum in his race for the White House, Mitt Romney is moving to highlight his opposition to President Barack Obama's green energy and oil drilling policies, with some fresh help from his allies in Congress.
Polling has not shown voters to rank energy issues among their top concerns, despite high gasoline prices.
Riding off his debate performance last week, Mitt Romney took questions with Gov. Chris Christie about energy policy and other issues at a town hall meeting in order to gain ground in Ohio, The Hill reports.
Three GOP presidential hopefuls - Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Marco Rubio, R-Fla. - are co-sponsoring a bill to block the Environmental Protection Agency's Waters of the United States rule, The Hill reports. Paul announced the bill Friday.
A report from the center-right think tank American Action Forum estimates that the Environmental Protection Agency's power plant carbon rules could eventually force more than 90 coal-fired plants to retire and cost the economy nearly 300,000 jobs, The Washington Times reports.