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October 22, 2014

Energy Ads Intensify As Senate Campaigns Heat Up

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Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., right, answers questions from the local media during her event to exchange endorsements with Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., left, in Baton Rouge, La., surrounded by local elected officials on Sept. 22, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

With just under two weeks until an election in which control of the U.S. Senate is up for grabs, campaign ads are starting to intensify — in volume and rhetoric — in several key battleground states (Louisiana, Alaska, West Virginia, Arkansas, Kentucky, Colorado and Michigan). Somewhat surprisingly, energy and environment are the third most mentioned issue in Senate races this cycle (surprising since it barely registered during the 2012 presidential campaign). Some are running because the states they air in are significant energy producers. Others are running in states that feature environmentally conscious electorates.

The ads tend to focus on coal, oil, green energy and climate change. It shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone that West Virginia and Kentucky are leading the way in coal-related ads with both states featuring pro-coal positions in 87 percent of their energy-related ads. Also unsurprisingly, 39 percent of Iowa’s energy ads are anti-oil while 40 percent focus on green energy (likely, due to ethanol).

It’s also notable that both Democrats and Republicans are finding politically advantageous ways to deploy these energy ads. For instance, in blue states, Democrats are attacking Republicans for denying climate change and accepting money from the Koch brothers. And in red states, Republicans look to tie President Obama’s new environmental regulations around the necks of their opponents.

 

October 15, 2014

States Fighting CO2 Regs Get Money to Comply

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Appalachian Electric Power coal-fired Big Sandy Power Plant in Cattletsburg, Ky.
(Luke Sharrett/Getty Images)

The Energy Department has awarded $4.86 million to help reduce carbon dioxide emissions and increase efficiency through programs in 13 states, including several that are fighting proposed regulations. Full story

October 14, 2014

The Week Ahead: Russia, Solar, Gas, Carbon and Coal

A little bit of everything is happening this week, and much of it takes place Tuesday. Full story

October 10, 2014

Methane Hotspot Associated with Hydrofracked Coalbeds

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(NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Michigan)

An area in the Southwest accounted for the nation’s largest concentration of methane emissions during a period before 2010, researchers at NASA and the University of Michigan announced Thursday. Full story

September 26, 2014

Questions on CO2 Compliance Dates

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SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

Industry, states and advocacy groups are asking how EPA’s Clean Power Plan will treat measures that will be taken between the reference year of 2012 and the compliance deadline of 2020. Full story

September 23, 2014

Congress’ Pre-Recess Energy Bills

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Workers continue to erect scaffolding around the Capitol dome last week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The stop gap spending measure President Barack Obama signed Friday included provisions to allow the Energy Department to cover additional costs at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico and spending for programs under the Uranium Enrichment Decontamination and Decommissioning fund – with requirements to keep Congress apprised of the spending above previous appropriation rates.

The chambers also passed three other energy measures before clearing out of town for final campaign pushes. Full story

September 19, 2014

Coal Politics & Shifting Loyalties in the Mountain State

National Review has a story up that looks (with glee) at the shifting party allegiance in West Virginia. Once a reliably blue state, West Virginia has been supporting Republicans in recent elections. Of course, this all comes down to one issue: coal. Full story

September 18, 2014

Moniz Unveiled

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Photo courtesy of the Energy Department

CQ Roll Call’s Geof Koss sat down with Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz earlier this summer to discuss his relationship with Congress, as we mentioned last week. The whole story is now available outside the paywall.

Enjoy.

September 16, 2014

Senators Launch National Laboratory Caucus

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Fermilab’s Wilson Hall (Energy Department)

A bipartisan group of senators are launching an effort to support the work of the national laboratory system. Full story

September 15, 2014

GAO: Even More Coal to Retire

coal 445x248 GAO: Even More Coal to RetireThe Government Accountability Office just upped its estimate for coal plants expected to retire in coming years. Full story

September 12, 2014

Moniz’s Congressional Straddle

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Moniz fishing for salmon in Alaska with Verne Martell, Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s husband. (Energy Department)

Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz is embraced by members on both sides of the aisle while straddling the contentious divide over energy and environment issues, CQ Roll Call’s Geof Koss reports in the forthcoming copy of CQ Weekly (subscription). Full story

September 11, 2014

Coal Production is Doing What?

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With coal job cuts grabbing the headlines, here are some unexpected facts on coal mining production and employment. Full story

September 4, 2014

FERC to Wade Through Market Revisions With Congress on Sidelines

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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will evaluate making changes to competitive markets in cases over the next several months, Chairwoman Cheryl LaFleur said Thursday. Full story

August 19, 2014

EPA Aims to Get Half the Waxman-Markey Carbon Cuts

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Regulations could obtain half the carbon reductions that were envisioned under a congressional measure that fell apart in 2009, according to a CQ Roll Call analysis. Full story

August 8, 2014

China Doubles Solar Addition

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Workers install solar panels near Tianjin. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

In the first six months of this year, China added 3.3 gigawatts of solar power capacity, which is more capacity than Australia has, Bloomberg News reported. The addition, twice as much as  in the first half of last year, brings China’s total solar capacity to 23 gigawatts.

The news comes after China announced it had added 13 gigawatts of hydropower this year and plans to cut coal generation in Beijing to reduce air pollution.

The country’s energy administration hopes to install a total of 13 gigawatts of solar power this year, much of it in the form of distributed solar on consumers’ rooftops, Bloomberg reported.

By Randy Leonard Posted at 1:41 p.m.
Coal, Renewables

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