DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Conservative fundraising group American Crossroads is filling in for Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Joni Ernst while she participates in Iowa National Guard training for two weeks.
Group spokesman Paul Lindsay told The Associated Press on Monday that the group backed by GOP strategist Karl Rove is spending $415,000 on a 30-second television ad that begins airing statewide Tuesday. That's in addition to the $3.1 million in advertising time the group has reserved in Iowa as part of the $20-million blitz the group plans in Senate battleground states.
The Sierra Club is challenging the latest permit issued to the Sunflower Electric Power Corp. for a new coal-fired plant, claiming the state won’t regulate its carbon and toxic emissions and the permit is too similar to one rejected by the Kansas Supreme Court, The Associated Press reports.
The Sierra Club is slamming Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. and the favorite to succeed Rep. Eric Cantor as House Majority Leader, for what it calls his “flip” to oppose production tax credits for the wind industry, The Hill reports.
Twenty one House Republicans who’ve failed to back a restoration of the wind Production Tax Credit will be the target of ads by the Sierra Club accusing them of letting jobs in the sector “blow away,” The Hill reports.
Environmental groups -- including the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the League of Conservation Voters -- are flexing their political and activist muscle more than ever, The New York Times reports, noting that their support of the Obama administration rule limiting carbon emissions from existing coal-fired plants will be a big test of their effectiveness.
The Sierra Club filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court this week, charging that Louisville Gas & Electric has been polluting the Ohio River with water overflowing a coal ash containment pond, The Courier-Journal reports.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has backed the Environmental Protection Agency's decision not to adopt secondary carbon monoxide standards, dismissing a suit by environmental groups including the Sierra Club, The Hill reports.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, often criticized as advocating for the coal industry, announced a series of reforms this week meant to help repair the agency's image and make it more responsive to the public.
The changes — from closer inspection of coal-ash ponds to better communication with the public to strengthening ethics rules — underscore the daunting task of balancing environmentalists' concerns about an energy source they view with disfavor and fairly treating coal producers in a state that's among the nation's richest in energy reserves.
Oil prices appeared holding steady early Monday, as the talks over Iran’s nuclear program appeared headed for a break to be resumed next month and ahead of an OPEC meeting that will make key decisions on crude production. U.S. benchmark crude was 15 cents higher at $76.66 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent edged up 4 cents to $80.40, Reuters reports.
In the Republican’s nationally broadcast address over the weekend, Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La. -- who is seeking to unseat Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La. in a December runoff election -- called on President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, saying the case for the long-delayed project is “clear and obvious,” The Hill reports.
With Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, taking over as head of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee in the new Republican-controlled Senate, the issue of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is likely to be revisited, The Hill reports.
George Banks of the R Street Institute, former committee staffer for Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., predicts that the new Republican-controlled Congress will lift the ban on crude oil exports and push through approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, but that there won’t be a significant upsurge in bipartisanship on Capitol Hill – assessments Alison Cassady of the Center for American progress doesn’t share, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The U.S. power supply ought to be able to withstand another polar vortex should the frigid temperatures descend again this winter, although margins are shrinking and changes may be needed to the way the availability of resources is calculated, according to an assessment from the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, Platts reports.
In a year when initial public offerings for master limited partnerships raised a record $6.8 billion, analysts are warning that investments in pipeline and midstream MLPs no longer appear to offer their traditional low-risk, high-yield benefits with the same degree of consistency, The Wall Street Journal reports.
With the cost of solar and wind power dropping dramatically in recent years, the renewable energy sources are becoming more directly competitive with electricity from gas and coal-fired plants, The New York Times reports.
State legislatures have so far rejected attempts to overturn renewable energy mandates -– although Ohio this year did freeze its green energy targets -– but the Koch-founded Americans for Prosperity is continuing to pour money into the fight against them, National Journal reports.
The shale boom that has brought wealth and jobs to North Dakota is starting to be questioned by some residents concerned about health, safety and pollution costs as well as financial exploitation by major companies making moves that are backed by state regulators, The New York Times reports.