Democrats Increasingly Support Oil and Gas Industry - Topic A: Energy
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October 31, 2014

Democrats Increasingly Support Oil and Gas Industry

The Wall St. Journal reports that “when House Republicans took up a measure to speed the government’s reviews of applications to export natural gas, a move long sought by energy companies, the unexpected happened: The bill won ‘yes’ votes from 47 Democrats.”

“The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Cory Gardner (R., Colo.), anticipated some Democratic backing, but not that much. Rep. Steve Israel of New York, who leads the Democrats’ House campaign arm, was a yes, as was House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland. Both voted in 2012 to restrict oil and gas exports.”

“The energy boom is shaping a new kind of Democrat in national politics, lawmakers who are giving greater support to the oil and gas industry even at the risk of alienating environmental groups, a core of the party’s base. The trend comes as oil-and-gas production moves beyond America’s traditionally energy-rich states, a development that also is increasing U.S. geopolitical influence abroad.”

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