OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Battle over White House energy nominee goes live

He’s taking heat from pro-coal conservative groups, and can expect tough questions Tuesday from Republicans, and probably Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinPavlich: The claim Trump let the mentally ill get guns is a lie Toomey to introduce bill broadening background checks for firearms Scott Walker backs West Virginia attorney general in GOP Senate primary MORE (D-W.Va.).

But a green energy business group, Advanced Energy Economy, offered fresh backing Monday for Binz, the former head of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission who has also been a private consultant.

“Throughout his 34-year career, Mr. Binz has built a strong record as an innovative energy expert and balanced regulator that understands the challenges faced by our energy system as it becomes more secure, clean and affordable,” a slew of companies under the group's umbrella wrote.

Eyes on the Senate Floor: Tuesday should bring signals over whether bipartisan energy efficiency legislation on the Senate floor can get un-stuck.

The bill, sponsored by Sens. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenOvernight Defense: VA chief won't resign | Dem wants probe into VA hacking claim | Trump official denies plan for 'bloody nose' N. Korea strike | General '100 percent' confident in US missile defense Trump official denies US planning 'bloody nose' strike on North Korea House Oversight Committee opens probe into sexual abuse of gymnasts MORE (D-N.H.) and Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanCommittee chairman aims for House vote on opioid bills by Memorial Day Flake to try to force vote on DACA stopgap plan Congress punts fight over Dreamers to March MORE (R-Ohio), has been ensnared in battles over ObamaCare. Watch E2-Wire tomorrow for updates.


Check out these stories that ran on E2-Wire Monday and over the weekend ...

– Canadian energy minister: Keystone XL decision unlikely this year
Vitter slams EPA after mining giant abandons Alaskan project
– Study finds limited greenhouse gas emissions from shale energy
– Browner: Canadian CO2 offer would ‘change the debate’ on Keystone XL
– Sierra Club chief: Energy bill a test of ‘how crazy’ Congress has become
– Conservative groups rally against Obama’s FERC pick
– Alaskan mine, subject of Capitol Hill battles, loses a partner
– Regulators eye Wall Street’s role in ethanol credits


Southern portion of Keystone XL nears finish line

The Houston Chronicle reports:

The president has delayed it. Protesters tried to stop it. But the Keystone XL pipeline is approaching a major finishing line anyway, setting the stage for a rush of new oil to move through Texas.

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GM seeks to challenge Tesla

The Wall Street Journal

General Motors Co. is developing an electric car that can go 200 miles on a charge for around $30,000, officials at the largest U.S. auto maker said, offering a challenge to luxury electric-car startup Tesla Motors Inc.

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