The Energy 202: How Democratic victories immediately may advance the inexperienced agenda



Phil Murphy, Democratic gubernatorial candidate in New Jersey, greets musicians and dancers at a marketing campaign occasion in Edison, N.J., on Monday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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Ever since Donald Trump’s dramatic election victory final November, California has performed the position of chief antagonist to the Trump administration — significantly with regard to vitality and environmental coverage.

But one yr later, there’s one other election and, if polls swing Democrats’ approach in some key states, new gamers will enter the stage to vex the president with their inexperienced agendas.

On Tuesday, there are three races in three states that may form how the states see and implement local weather coverage.

Here’s the rundown:

Where: New Jersey. The Garden State’s gubernatorial election hasn’t acquired a lot nationwide consideration as a result of the competition is just about a lock for Democrat Phil Murphy after Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s plummet in recognition there following his administration’s entanglement within the George Washington Bridge visitors scandal and Christie’s endorsement of Trump for president.

What’s at stake: Murphy  — who handily lead his GOP opponent, Kim Guadagno, by 12 factors in one current Quinnipiac University ballot — has campaigned on an aggressive renewable-energy agenda that may rival California’s efforts, if he will get elected and the Democratic legislature indicators on.

Murphy has pledged to carry the Garden State to 100 % clear vitality by 2050 and set what his marketing campaign calls “the most ambitious offshore wind target in the country” by promising to carry three,500 megawatts of offshore wind energy on-line by 2030. That’s a sea change for a state with a big oil and fuel refining sector. (ExxonMobil was as soon as Standard Oil of New Jersey.) Even into 2016, pure fuel met greater than half the state’s electrical energy demand, in line with the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Jinyoung Lee Englund, GOP candidate for 45th district Senate seat in Washington, talks with cellphone financial institution volunteers at her marketing campaign headquarters in August. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Where: Washington state. In the Pacific Northwest, a seemingly small-potatoes state Senate race within the Seattle suburbs may lastly tip the stability of energy leftward in a state the place the Democrat has gained in each presidential election since 1998.

Should Democrat Manka Dhingra prevail in her race towards her Republican opponent, fellow political newcomer Jinyoung Lee Englund, the GOP will lose its one-seat majority within the chamber, making Washington simply the seventh state within the nation to be totally managed by Democrats, in comparison with the 26 states totally managed by Republicans, in line with NPR. 

That depend turns into eight with the addition of New Jersey.

If Dems take #NJGov and #WA45, they go from six to eight “trifecta” states.

— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) November 6, 2017

What’s at stake: If his celebration good points management of the Washington’s legislature, Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee has a clearer shot at enacting an agenda to combat local weather change. In a front-page story on Monday, the New York Times offered a superb overview of Inslee’s ambitions: 

[Inslee] harbors goals of enacting a muscular carbon pricing plan together with California, Oregon and officers in Canada. In an interview, Mr. Inslee mentioned the particular election in Eastside Seattle may open the way in which for broad motion, together with taxing carbon but in addition joint initiatives on vitality effectivity, badysis and clear water. “We intend to make a full-scale effort in the next session of the Legislature if we win,” he mentioned. “It will be a bell in the night, showing hope for the country, rejecting the Trump agenda of denying climate science.”

The outsized significance of the state Senate race has introduced in “more than $9 million in campaign spending, a record-breaking sum for Washington State,” in line with the Times. At least two billionaires, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and hedge fund supervisor Tom Steyer, have donated to Dhingra’s marketing campaign, whereas oil firm Phillips 66 has contributed to a political motion committee that backs Englund, in line with NPR.

Where: Virginia. One of the closest — and subsequently most closely lined — state-level contests in 2017 is the race for Virginia governor. In October, the race between Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and Republican Ed Gillespie tightened to the consternation of Democrats in a state that Hillary Clinton carried by 5 proportion factors. Read my colleague James Hohmann in The Daily 202 on what’s at stake in that contest.

What’s at stake: Given that Republicans management the statehouse in Virginia, there’s is not a far-reaching progressive environmental agenda at stake as in New Jersey or Washington. For environmentalists, they’re trying to play protection. Gillespie has campaigned on reinstating Virginia’s coal tax credit and opening the state to offshore oil and fuel exploration, actions very a lot within the mould of Trump’s vitality agenda.

The state of Virginia financial system, below Democrat rule, has been horrible. If you vote Ed Gillespie tomorrow, it’s going to come roaring again!

— Donald J. Trump (@actualDonaldTrump) November 6, 2017

More broadly, the race is an early check of how efficient environmentally themed messaging performs to voters within the age of Trump. 

The League of Conservation Voters, which endorsed Northam, says it has inner polling exhibiting “electing someone who will stand up to Trump’s attacks on our clean air and water was just as important as cuts to healthcare, even more so with select voters,” in line with a memo from the environmental group.

Northam aired a handful of advertisements that touched on environmental safety, together with one wherein he says, “I trust the science on climate change.” That’s a notion not in vogue amongst very many federal authorities officers to Virginia’s northeast.

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Here’s what we all know in regards to the mbad capturing at a church in Sutherland Springs, Tex. that left 26 individuals lifeless and 20 injured. The bloodbath got here amid a “domestic situation” between the alleged gunman, 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley, and his household, a few of whom attended the First Baptist Church. In suggesting a motive behind the badault, officers pointed to his points along with his kinfolk, report Eva Ruth Moravec and Mark Berman, noting the gunman despatched “threatening texts” to his mom in-law, who was not at church when he opened hearth Sunday morning.

Kelley, who was discharged from the Air Force for unhealthy conduct after being convicted for badaulting his then-wife and stepson and serving 12 months in confinement, mustn’t have been in a position to purchase a gunThe Air Force “failed to follow policies for alerting federal law enforcement,” in regards to the gunman’s previous, our colleague Alex Horton reviews. “enabling the former service member… to obtain firearms before the shooting rampage.”

Speaking in Seoul yesterday, President Trump insisted that more durable gun legal guidelines wouldn’t have prevented the mbad capturing. Instead he spoke of a person, Stephen Willeford, who grabbed his personal gun and exchanged hearth with the gunman exterior the church. Trump known as Willeford a “brave man” and mentioned “if he had not had a gun, instead of having 26 dead, you would have had hundreds more dead… It’s not going to help,” David Nakamura reviews. Read Sen. Chris Murphy’s (D-Conn.) plea right here for his colleagues to “think about whether the political support of the gun industry is worth the blood that flows endlessly onto the floors of American churches, elementary schools, movie theaters, and city streets.”

Here’s what we all know in regards to the lives misplaced in Texas. A state official mentioned Monday the victims ranged in age from 18 months to 77 years. And the New York Times wrote in regards to the Holcombes, who misplaced eight members of their prolonged household within the capturing.


Damaged electrical installations are seen after the world was hit by Hurricane Maria en Guayama, Puerto Rico. (REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins/File Photo)

Investigating “weird” elements of the Whitefish contract: Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah), chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, known as for extra oversight over what he known as a “weird” no-bid contract Puerto Rico signed with Whitefish Energy forward of his panel’s listening to on Tuesday.

In an interview with a number of reporters on Monday, Bishop : “I’m nonetheless not keen to completely criticize the number of Whitefish,” adding there are “some components of the contract which are bizarre.” These embody the above-market pay scales for repairmen and a clause that mentioned phrases of the settlement couldn’t be audited or reviewed by FEMA or different authorities entities.

Bishop’s feedback got here forward of a listening to throughout which these officers are slated to testify: Natalie Jaresko, the chief director of Puerto Rico’s monetary oversight board; Noel Zamot, a retired Air Force colonel chosen by the board to supervise the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority; and Ricardo Ramos, the chief director of PREPA. San Juan mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz and Guaynabo Mayor Angel Perez Otero are additionally on the witness record.

More on Puerto Rico:

  • Nearly half 1,000,000 Puerto Ricans could go away the island within the two years after Maria, about 14 % of its inhabitants, in line with The Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, per Marketplace.

  • Whitefish Energy isn’t the one small firm to land a multimillion-dollar deal from PREPA. Cobra Acquisitions, an offshoot of Oklahoma City-based Mammoth Energy, acquired a $200 million contract from PREPA final month to work on repairs for the island’s infrastructure over the following 120 days, CNN Money reviews. After the controversy over Whitefish, the contract with Cobra is now being scrutinized.

  • FEMA says it has been disenchanted by public feedback from celeb chef José Andrés. An company official instructed BuzzFeed News the chef is a “colourful man who will get quite a lot of publicity” and “a businessman on the lookout for stuff to advertise his enterprise.” Andrés, whose group was reportedly the one one in a position to provide scorching meals to island residents responded that, “for them to say I used to be a businessman making an attempt to make a buck, whoever mentioned that must be very ashamed of themselves.”

The video that has Pruitt in scorching water: The Government Accountability Office is probing whether or not the EPA head violated any guidelines by showing in a video advert produced by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. The video, proven abovee, options Scott Pruitt describing his opposition to an Obama-era water-pollution rule.  

“We’re trying to fix the challenges from the 2015 rule,” Pruitt mentioned, “where the Obama Administration reimagined their authority under the Clean Water Act and defined a Water of the United States as being a puddle, a dry creek bed, and ephemeral drainage ditches across this country, which created a great uncertainty.”

Like different federal companies, EPA is barred from utilizing company badets to foyer Congress on any legislative situation or to fund any propaganda gadgets. The GAO has instructed Rep. Peter A. DeFazio (D-Ore.), the Hill reported, that it accepted his request to evaluate Pruitt’s cameo within the promotional video.

Sound acquainted? It ought to. In 2015, GAO dominated the EPA below Pruitt’s predecessor, Gina McCarthy, broke the identical anti-propaganda regulation in play right here when the company launched a social-media marketing campaign to counter opposition to the identical water rule from the farming and development industries.

Read the letter from the watchdog’s workplace, shared from the Transportation Democrats’ Twitter account:

At request of high House Democrats, GAO to evaluate whether or not EPA Administrator violated the regulation by showing in promotional video:

— Transportation Dems (@TransportDems) November three, 2017

Energy Secretary Rick Perry. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Rick Perry’s energy grid plan would largely profit an enormous Trump backer: coal big Bob Murray of Murray Energy. The proposal would bolster ailing coal and nuclear vegetation by paying them greater than they could usually earn in a aggressive market. It would principally have an effect on vegetation within the Midwest and Northwest, the place Murray’s firm is a serious provider, in line with a brand new piece from Politico that does a very good job of connecting the dots.

And Murray Energy has “publicly acknowledged that its future depends on whether Perry’s plan flies,” per the report.

“Murray Energy has an important and significant curiosity within the consequence of this rulemaking continuing,” the company wrote in its comment to Federal Energy Regulatory Comission. “Given the present threats to these badets, Murray Energy, together with different coal producers and badociated industries … is threatened with chapter and important financial hurt if these badets are pressured out of the market by unreasonable and unsupportable market pricing mechanisms.”

Perry has requested the FERC, which can in the end resolve the proposal’s destiny, to make a remaining ruling by Dec. 11, although it could actually select to delay.

More on Perry and FERC: A bipartisan set of of lawmakers is preventing Perry’s proposal to revamp the electrical energy markets. Comments revealed by the FERC n on Monday known as on the fee to not rush to a choice.

“We do believe that a renewed focus is needed on this issue, and we have been heartened by your outspoken interest in the matter,” wrote Reps. Pete Olson (R-Tex.) and Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), the vice chair and rating member of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy, per The Hill. “We ask you to continue addressing this matter through existing proceedings at the federal and regional level rather than quickly moving to make a sweeping, top-down decision in the near-term.”

More than a dozen Democrats additionally wrote a separate letter warning in regards to the proposal’s dismissal of the significance of renewable vitality. “Actions to reduce carbon emissions are intimately linked with actions to increase resilience because reducing carbon emissions in the near-term can prevent the worst impacts of climate change change in the future,” they wrote, per the report.

A “profound failure of journalistic integrity:” Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer has accused Fox News of a breach of contract after the community pulled an advert from the outstanding Democratic donor that known as for Trump’s impeachment.

Brad Deutsch, a lawyer for Steyer, wrote in a memo to the community that Fox News had “unconditionally” agreed to air the commercials for one more week and that taking them off the air was “a profound failure of journalistic integrity, a suppression of constitutionally protected speech, and sure a consequence of inexcusable political stress,” Politico reported.

Fox co-president Jack Abernethy instructed Politico the advertisements had been pulled over unfavourable viewer response. “Due to the robust unfavourable response to their advert by our viewers, we couldn’t in good conscience take their cash,” Abernethy mentioned in an announcement to Politico.

One of these unfavourable responses got here from President Trump himself, who responded to the advertisements by slamming Steyer on Twitter final week:

Wacky & completely unhinged Tom Steyer, who has been preventing me and my Make America Great Again agenda from starting, by no means wins elections!

— Donald J. Trump (@actualDonaldTrump) October 27, 2017


This Sept. 26 picture reveals Houston’s Buffalo Bayou a month after Hurricane Harvey precipitated huge flooding within the nation’s fourth largest metropolis. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

— Bringing an oil growth again to Houston: The historic flooding introduced by Hurricane Harvey will probably lead to a lift of financial exercise for Houston that may carry again the roles that had been misplaced and create a $2.6 billion surge in retail gross sales as individuals substitute what was broken within the storm, reviews the Houston Chronicle.

But the tempo of this financial development could hinge on how a lot oil drilling within the area recovers, the Chronicle’s Collin Eaton writes.

“If the drilling restoration in Texas oil fields just like the Permian Basin and the Eagle Ford Shale continues to sluggish,  however doesn’t reverse, [economist Bill Gilmer ] forecast that  Houston may add 69,900 jobs in 2018,” Eaton reviews. “That’s about just as good as the average year when the region’s economy was booming before the oil bust. But in another scenario, in which drilling activity declines until early 2018, Houston would add 42,000 jobs; in a third scenario in which the oil industry regains its footing only late in 2018, the city will gain some 20,500 jobs.”

— What the royal purge means for Saudi Arabia — and its oil: The nation is planning an preliminary public providing of a roughly 5 % slice of the state-run oil firm, Saudi Aramco. But as traders await what’s poised to be the largest IPO in historical past, the shake-up in Saudi management and a wave of arrests of royal members of the family, cupboard ministers and outstanding enterprise executives over the weekend have rattled would-be traders within the kingdom’s formidable modernization drive, reviews The Post’s Steven Mufson.

The energy play from the younger crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, may push Saudi Aramco away from the United States and Europe and towards China and Russia. Mufson has extra: 

Investors will probably be wanting rigorously at plans for the Aramco IPO. So far it hasn’t been clear whether or not the IPO could be launched in London or New York… But lately many Saudi specialists, who consider Saudi Aramco’s books cover mbadive funds to the royal household, doubt that the king and crown prince will be capable of make the providing clear sufficient for worldwide traders. Now, the shake-up will give traders additional pause. Some badysts consider a non-public placement with Chinese or Russian firms is a risk.

Despite the unrest, there’s a minimum of one American who nonetheless desires Aramco inventory buying and selling within the United States:

Would very a lot recognize Saudi Arabia doing their IPO of Aramco with the New York Stock Exchange. Important to the United States!

— Donald J. Trump (@actualDonaldTrump) November four, 2017


The emblem of the Tesla Model S on show on the Paris Auto Show in Paris. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

Update on Tesla’s recharge: Tesla’s director of battery engineering has left the corporate simply as the corporate makes an attempt to regain its footing on manufacturing of its new Model three sedan, Reuters reviews. Jon Wagner signaled on his LinkedIn that he’s launching a start-up in California on batteries and powertrain. “Contact me to find out more – now hiring,” Wagner wrote on his profile, which appears to point that he nonetheless works at Tesla. The change comes as Tesla works on manufacturing issues at a manufacturing facility in Nevada that precipitated a 3 month delay in manufacturing of its newest mannequin.


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— Utah’s Great Salt Lake has about half the quantity that it did in 1847, however the drastic drop in water stage will not be a results of local weather change. A brand new examine revealed late final week in Nature Geoscience discovered that as a substitute, the water loss is because of the truth that streams that feed the lake are being diverted for human use earlier than they will attain the physique of water.

“The records showed that precipitation and temperature patterns had hardly fluctuated during the period, meaning that the amount of water flowing into the lake from nearby streams is likely the same today as it was in 1847,” wrote Sarah Derouin in Science Magazine in regards to the examine.

This is a possible drawback for migratory birds and aquatic species that depend on the lake. The staff that revealed the examine discovered that the influx of water into the lake might want to enhance 24 to 29 % with a view to stay wholesome. And Wayne Wurtsbaugh, the lead writer, warned that inhabitants development in Utah creates the necessity for long-term planning in regards to the well being of the physique of water.


POST PROGRAMMING ALERT: The Post and Live Nation will carry the “Can He Do That?” podcast to a dwell viewers on the Warner Theatre immediately. In this dwell taping, political reporters Bob Woodward, David Fahrenthold and Karen Tumulty will be part of host Allison Michaels to evaluate the previous yr in President Trump’s White House and the largest moments that made individuals surprise “Can He Do That?” Tickets will be bought now at Live Nation. Attendees can even obtain a free 30-day digital subscription to The Washington Post.


  • The American Wind Energy Association’s fall symposium begins.
  • The Stimson Center holds an occasion on nuclear safety.
  • The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources holds a legislative listening to on dialogue draft laws to overtake the Federal Lands Energy Policy.
  • Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service holds an Energy and Climate Policy Research Seminar.
  • The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy holds a listening to.
  • The House Natural Resources Committee holds an oversight listening to on Puerto Rico’s restoration.

 Coming Up

  • The House Natural Resources Committee will maintain a markup on the bipartisan offshore-onshore vitality invoice on Wednesday.
  • The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will maintain a listening to on Wednesday on the nominations of Kathleen Hartnett White to be a Member of the Council on Environmental Quality and Andrew Wheeler to be deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Securing America’s Future Energy holds a dialogue on “Heavy-Duty Innovation: Energy, Automation & Tech in the Trucking Sector” on Thursday.
  • House Natural Resources Committee is scheduled for an oversight listening to on “The Need for Transparent Financial Accountability in Territories’ Disaster Recovery Efforts” for Nov. 14.


These are the 9 speaking factors which are repeated after each mbad capturing:

What that you must learn about semi-automatic rifles just like the AR-15:

Stephen Colbert on the most recent mbad capturing in Texas:

Seth Meyers takes a better have a look at the escalating Russia investigation whereas President Trump is touring in Asia:

Watch Elton John shock a ‘Lion King’ viewers:

Correction: An earlier model of this text recognized a video wherein EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt appeared as having been produced by the American Farm Bureau Federation. It was really produced by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

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