Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) has had the energy industry’s back at every turn from her powerful perch atop the Senate’s Energy panel. Now in an hour of need, that investment seems to be paying off.
“The oil industry would much prefer that Republicans controlled the Senate, and Landrieu losing her tough reelection campaign would go a long way toward making that happen. But even with the Senate potentially hanging in the balance, and even after Obama infuriated the industry with new climate rules, the industry is sticking with Landrieu.”
“Landrieu has netted more than $547,000 this cycle from the oil and gas lobby”¦ That’s more than double the haul drawn by her challenger, Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy.”
“But the industry support comes as the Landrieu-Cassidy race could play a role in the balance of the Senate, a potentially bigger prize in the energy world. Republicans have vowed to make energy a priority if they retake the Senate, an agenda sure to include bills that would restrict or kill Environmental Protection Agency regulations.” (National Journal)
DOUBLING DOWN: Landrieu again criticized the president’s EPA proposals during a visit to a coal-fired power plant in Pointe Coupee Parish on Monday.
“The goal for me is not clean. It’s an important part of the equation, but it is not the goal,” said Landrieu, during a press conference at the Big Cajun II plant. “The goal is [energy] independence. The goal is security. The goal is reliability. And then also, as clean as possible.” (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
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