OVERNIGHT ENERGY: New battles for EPA pick, Obama lauds climate consensus, and more

Malloy told The Hill that group is shooting for 60 votes, noting the possibility of a filibuster against McCarthy. She said the group would work to sway centrists such as Sens. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinKaine shares photos of child detention facility: ‘The real Trump Hotel’ Manchin becomes final Democrat to back bill preventing separation of immigrant families Manchin touts support for Trump border wall in new ad MORE (D-W.Va.), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsActress Marcia Gay Harden urges Congress to boost Alzheimer's funding 13 GOP senators ask administration to pause separation of immigrant families Trump plan to claw back billion in spending in peril MORE (R-Maine) and Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyotteErnst, Fischer to square off for leadership post The Hill's Morning Report: Koch Network re-evaluating midterm strategy amid frustrations with GOP Audit finds US Defense Department wasted hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars MORE (R-N.H.).

“I think it’s always a threat, and we have to be looking for that,” Malloy said of a potential filibuster. “The stakes are really high so we have to prepare ourselves for a real battle.”

And the Center for American Progress Action Fund, the left-leaning think tank’s political outreach arm, is also battling for McCarthy.

“Public health advocates and business lobbyists have both praised McCarthy for her open, frank style. And we will remind senators that they overwhelmingly confirmed her current position,” said Daniel J. Weiss, the group's climate strategy director, in an email to The Hill.

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Canadian PM pitches Keystone pipeline in New York

The Associated Press reports on the Canadian prime minister’s latest effort to push for U.S. approval of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline.

From AP:

A controversial oil pipeline to the U.S. Gulf Coast "absolutely needs to go ahead," Canada's prime minister said Thursday, and he warned that the oil will be transported through America one way or another.

Stephen Harper addressed the Keystone XL project, a flashpoint in the debate over climate change, during a visit to New York City. The long-delayed project carrying oil from Canada's tar sands would need approval from the State Department, and Harper's remarks — with the U.S. ambassador to Canada, David Jacobson, in the audience — were meant to apply some pressure.

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Obama, via advocacy group, highlights climate consensus survey

President Obama is steering his nearly 32 million Twitter followers toward a newly published review of thousands of peer-reviewed scientific papers, which found a 97 consensus that humans are causing global warming.

“Ninety-seven percent of scientists agree: #climate change is real, man-made and dangerous,” Obama said Thursday over his Twitter account that’s maintained by Organizing for Action, the advocacy group borne from his reelection campaign.

The tweet then links to a Reuters story about the new survey of scientific papers.

Ex-federal officials join new cybersecurity initiative

Former CIA and National Security Agency Director Gen. Michael Hayden headlines a new group focusing on cybersecurity in the electric power sector.

The Bipartisan Policy Center’s Electric Grid Cyber Security Initiative will offer recommendations to government agencies, private firms and regulators on how to protect the electric grid from cyberattacks.

“The threats to our nation’s critical infrastructure are very real, and we are launching this initiative to ensure our cyber security policies stay ahead of the threats,” Hayden said in a Thursday statement.

Along with Hayden, the group includes Susan Tierney, former assistant secretary of policy for the Energy Department under President Obama, and Curt Hebert, former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman during ex-President George W. Bush’s administration.

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