OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Exxon gazes into crystal ball Tuesday

STATE OF PLAY: Oil-and-gas giant ExxonMobil will unveil the company’s 2013 Outlook for Energy on Tuesday.

A pair of executives will appear at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington, D.C., think tank, to unveil a “comprehensive look at long-term trends in energy demand, supply, emissions and technology.”

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William Colton, Exxon’s vice president for corporate strategic planning, and Kenneth Cohen, the company’s vice president for public and government affairs, will present the outlook.

“The report, updated each year, is built upon detailed analysis of data from about 100 countries, incorporating publicly available information as well as in-house expertise. ExxonMobil uses the Outlook for Energy to guide long-term investment decisions,” an advisory states.

E2-Wire wants to know: How strongly does Exxon really back a carbon tax?

On Monday House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) said on Fox News that Exxon’s pro-carbon tax stance isn’t "a very serious effort."


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Sierra Club recruits green groups for filibuster change campaign

The Sierra Club is reaching out to other green groups to join its call to curb Senate filibusters.

On Monday, Greenpeace lent its support to a push for Senate rule changes. Until that point, the Sierra Club had been the only environmental group among a handful of union and social justice organizations participating.

That effort, known as the “Fix the Senate Now” campaign, aims to change the filibuster process.

Rule changes were one of three “democracy initiatives” discussed at a Washington, D.C., meeting Monday among 50 advocacy organizations, Cathy Duvall, national political director with the Sierra Club, told The Hill.

Environmental groups Friends of the Earth and National Wildlife Federation also attended the meeting.

ConocoPhillips adds lobbying muscle with Tauzin, Pomeroy

ConocoPhillips has hired lobbying giant Alston & Bird for work on tax policy and “other issues affecting the oil and gas industry,” record show.

Former House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Billy Tauzin (R-La.) and former Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.) will be among the Alston & Bird lobbyists representing ConocoPhillips.

Report: Chinese company won't get stimulus cash

The new owners of battery maker A123 Systems will not get the remaining $117 million on the firm’s 2009 stimulus grant, The Detroit News reported via Twitter on Monday afternoon.

Some Republicans have criticized the Obama administration in recent weeks for the $249 million grant it awarded A123 Systems in 2009. The firm declared bankruptcy in October, having collected $132 million of its grant.

Chinese firm Wanxiang America reached a deal to buy all but the firm’s government business on Sunday.

The sale also has concerned GOP lawmakers who say it could have national security implications.

A GOP aide told The Hill that the House Energy and Commerce Committee is watching the sale of A123 Systems, but that it does not currently have plans for a hearing.

Activists want Rep. Grijalva as Interior Dept. chief

A liberal coalition of more than 200 environmental, Hispanic, animal welfare and other groups is urging President Obama to tap Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) as the next secretary of the Interior.

“As ranking member and former chairman of the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, Congressman Grijalva has been a tireless and effective leader on conservation and land management issues faced by the Department of the Interior,” the groups said in a letter to President Obama.

“Congressman Grijalva has unparalleled expertise with Native Americans and Indian tribes, a strong understanding of border issues, a well‐established and pragmatic conservation ethic, and valuable experience with a wide variety of funding challenges,” it adds.

Grijalva was reportedly considered by Obama’s team after he won the 2008 presidential election, but Obama instead chose Ken Salazar, who was a Democratic senator from Colorado at the time.

But with a substantial turnover in Obama’s Cabinet expected in his second term, an array of lefty activists want Grijalva — who co-chairs the Congressional Progressive Caucus — waiting in the wings if and when Salazar steps aside. Tapping Grijalva would represent a move to the left for Obama.

Groups signing the letter include the Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), Latinos Go Green, The Morning Star Institute, The Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Friends of the Earth, the Federation of Western Outdoor Clubs and others.

Bill Snape, senior counsel with CBD, said picking Grijalva would be smart politics.

“Grijalva really does bring an even more powerful political cachet, given all the different types of groups who are supporting him. That is unique,” he said.


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— This story was updated at 11:26 a.m. on Dec. 11.