Landrieu Could Swing at Export Limits With Energy Gavel

Picture released, 12 December 2007 by the Norwegian Coastal Administration showing an aerial photo of the tanker Navion Britannia which was loading oil from a loading buoy and left a major oilspill in Statfjord, some 200 kilometers (125 miles) from the Norwegian coast. According to preliminary estimates from the Petroleum Safety Authority, some 3,840 cubic metres, the equivalent of 24,150 barrels or 3,220 tonnes of oil, had spilled into the sea.
National Journal
Ben Geman
Add to Briefcase
Ben Geman
Dec. 19, 2013, 7:04 a.m.

Max Baucus is bail­ing on the Sen­ate to be­come am­bas­sad­or to China at just the right time for ad­voc­ates of ex­port­ing U.S. nat­ur­al gas and crude oil.

As we ex­plained here, the Montana Demo­crat’s con­firm­a­tion would put Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., on a likely path to chair the Sen­ate En­ergy and Nat­ur­al Re­sources Com­mit­tee.

The con­sult­ing firm Clear­View En­ergy Part­ners, in a short ana­lys­is, notes that Landrieu would be re­pla­cing ex­port skep­tic Ron Wyden, D-Ore., atop the en­ergy pan­el as the pet­ro­leum in­dustry is seek­ing faster gas-ex­port ap­provals from reg­u­lat­ors.

“To the ex­tent that Wyden’s pref­er­ences and re­la­tion­ship with [En­ergy Sec­ret­ary Ern­est] Mon­iz may have factored in­to a pos­sible ‘pause’ in [gas-ex­port] au­thor­iz­a­tions, the pro­spects of that pause (or at least its dur­a­tion) could di­min­ish with Landrieu at the helm of the Com­mit­tee,” Clear­View writes of Landrieu, an ally of oil and gas com­pan­ies.

Oil pro­du­cers are also push­ing to dis­mantle stat­utory lim­its and fed­er­al policies that ba­sic­ally ban U.S. crude ex­ports.

Clear­View notes that Landrieu’s par­ing with rank­ing Re­pub­lic­an Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, could ac­cel­er­ate that battle.

“We would sug­gest that an En­ergy Com­mit­tee led by two oil-state sen­at­ors could en­gage in con­sid­er­ably more sub­stant­ive de­bate than we an­ti­cip­ated pri­or to 2015,” they write, and pre­dict that “ro­bust de­bate in 2014 could set the stage for pos­sible le­gis­lat­ive change in 2015.”

Landrieu would be­come chair­wo­man if Wyden, as ex­pec­ted, takes the Fin­ance Com­mit­tee top slot that Baucus would va­cate.

Bank­ing Com­mit­tee Chair­man Tim John­son, D-S.D., out­ranks Landrieu on the en­ergy com­mit­tee, but a Bank­ing aide said that John­son prob­ably won’t seek the en­ergy gavel.

What We're Following See More »
SANS PROOF
NRA Chief: Leftist Protesters Are Paid
1 days ago
UPDATE
NEW TRAVEL BAN COMING SOON
Trump Still on Campaign Rhetoric
1 days ago
UPDATE
“WE’RE CHANGING IT”
Trump Rails On Obamacare
1 days ago
UPDATE

After spending a few minutes re-litigating the Democratic primary, Donald Trump turned his focus to Obamacare. “I inherited a mess, believe me. We also inherited a failed healthcare law that threatens our medical system with absolute and total catastrophe” he said. “I’ve been watching and nobody says it, but Obamacare doesn’t work.” He finished, "so we're going to repeal and replace Obamacare."

FAKE NEWS
Trump Goes After The Media
1 days ago
UPDATE

Donald Trump lobbed his first attack at the “dishonest media” about a minute into his speech, saying that the media would not appropriately cover the standing ovation that he received. “We are fighting the fake news,” he said, before doubling down on his previous claim that the press is “the enemy of the people." However, he made a distinction, saying that he doesn't think all media is the enemy, just the "fake news."

FBI TURNED DOWN REQUEST
Report: Trump Asked FBI to Deny Russia Stories
1 days ago
THE LATEST

"The FBI rejected a recent White House request to publicly knock down media reports about communications between Donald Trump's associates and Russians known to US intelligence during the 2016 presidential campaign, multiple US officials briefed on the matter tell CNN. But a White House official said late Thursday that the request was only made after the FBI indicated to the White House it did not believe the reporting to be accurate."

Source:
×
×

Welcome to National Journal!

You are currently accessing National Journal from IP access. Please login to access this feature. If you have any questions, please contact your Dedicated Advisor.

Login