OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Snowball thrown in Senate climate fight

A SENATOR WALKS ONTO THE SENATE FLOOR WITH A SNOWBALL: And throws it at a page. 

No joke.

"Do you know what this is? It's a snowball. And it's just from outside here. So it's very, very cold out. Very unseasonable," Sen. Jim InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeNew EPA chief draws sharp contrast to Pruitt Senate takes symbolic shot at Trump tariffs Senate moves to start negotiations on defense policy bill MORE (R-Okla.) said. 

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So what does that incident have in common with terrorism? 

Well, not much really, but Inhofe wanted to illustrate a point: That climate change is not a greater threat to Americans than terror groups like the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. 

“His repeated failure to understand the real threat to our national security and his inability to establish a coherent national security strategy has put this nation at a level of risk that has been unknown for decades," said Inhofe, one of the Senate's staunchest climate skeptics, about President Obama.

To which White House spokesman Frank Benanati tweeted: "Just wow."

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OVERRIDE TIME: Sen. John HoevenJohn Henry HoevenGOP senators visited Moscow on July 4, warned Russia against meddling in 2018 election: report GOP lawmakers plan official visit to Russia later this week GOP senators introduce bill to prevent family separations at border MORE (R-N.D.) said he is working to get more Democrats on board with voting to override President Obama's veto of legislation to approve Keystone XL. Hoeven wouldn't identify which senators he is trying to sway but said he expects all 63 who voted to approve the project earlier this year will get behind the override movement. 

"We are still at 63, but we are working to see if there are others we can get and see if there is something we can do to encourage them," Hoeven said. 

Democratic Sens. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinMorrisey accuses Manchin of 'lying' to Trump, attacks ‘liberal’ record The Hill's Morning Report — Trump, Putin meet under cloud of Mueller’s Russia indictments Doug Jones walks tightrope on Supreme Court nominee MORE (W.Va.), Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampDoug Jones walks tightrope on Supreme Court nominee Red-state Dem tells Schumer to 'kiss my you know what' on Supreme Court vote Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick MORE (N.D.), Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerSenate Dems rip Trump after Putin news conference Trump and Putin should be talking about cyber weapons and social media instead of nuclear weapons The Hill's Morning Report — Trump, Putin meet under cloud of Mueller’s Russia indictments MORE (Va.), Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillSenate Dems lock in million in TV airtime Why does Congress keep playing political games on FBI oversight? Red-state Dem tells Schumer to 'kiss my you know what' on Supreme Court vote MORE (Mo.), Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyDem senator: Kavanaugh would 'turn back the clock' on women's health care Election Countdown: Latest on the 2018 Senate money race | Red-state Dems feeling the heat over Kavanaugh | Dem doubts about Warren | Ocasio-Cortez to visit Capitol Hill | Why Puerto Ricans in Florida could swing Senate race Trump delivers another promise to conservatives with Supreme Court MORE (Pa.), and Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyDoug Jones walks tightrope on Supreme Court nominee Red-state Dem tells Schumer to 'kiss my you know what' on Supreme Court vote Overnight Health Care: Official defends suspending insurer payments | What Kavanaugh's nomination means for ObamaCare | Panel approves bill to halt employer mandate MORE (Ind.) all plan to vote to override the veto, according to Senate aides. But Democratic Sens. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetHarley stunner spikes tension with Trump over trade policy Races to watch in Tuesday’s primaries Democrats protest Trump's immigration policy from Senate floor MORE (Colo), Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperNew EPA chief draws sharp contrast to Pruitt Overnight Energy: New EPA head looks to reassure staff | New round of ex-Pruitt staffers leave | House votes to overhaul fisheries law | Trump rips Germany for pipeline deal with Russia Dems grasp for way to stop Trump's Supreme Court pick MORE (Del.) and Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterDem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick Dems in terrible bind on Kavanaugh nomination Election Countdown: Latest on the 2018 Senate money race | Red-state Dems feeling the heat over Kavanaugh | Dem doubts about Warren | Ocasio-Cortez to visit Capitol Hill | Why Puerto Ricans in Florida could swing Senate race MORE (Mont.) have yet to say which way they will vote. Hoeven said he expects them to still back the pipeline.  

"Nobody has indicated at this point that they would change their position," Hoeven said.

Still, he admitted that he isn't betting on the override to succeed.

"I think it's more likely we are going to look to something like the highway bill and attaching it there. That's an infrastructure bill, this is about infrastructure. " Hoeven said. "We have strong support in the House. Obviously we have everybody on our side."

When pressed on comments made by John Podesta, recent adviser to Obama, that there is "no must-pass bill" that could convince the president to go against his policies, Hoeven said the highway bill would change his mind.

"There will be bills that the president is not going to veto," he said. "A six-year highway bill is something I believe we can do this year and we all want to do on both sides of the aisle. And I believe the president would sign it."

FRIDAY'S AGENDA:

The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s subpanel on the environment will hold a hearing to assess the unique needs of drinking water systems in rural and small communities. Lawmakers will hear from representatives of various small town governments as well as a Government Accountability Office official. 

Various experts and think tank officials will gather for an American Institute for Contemporary German Studies discussion on the geopolitics of energy. 

The Center for Strategic and International Studies will hold an event on the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) most recent mid-term oil market report. Antoine Halff, head of the IEA’s oil division, will present the report. 

NEWS BITE: Climatologist Judith Curry took to her blog to slam Rep. Raúl Grijalva’s (D-Ariz.) investigation of climate change skeptics as a witch hunt. 

“It looks like it is ‘open season’ on anyone who deviates even slightly from the consensus,” Curry wrote.

While Curry has agreed with many of the consensus conclusions on human-caused climate change, though not all, and that was enough to get on Grijalva’s radar for his investigation into the funding of climate-skeptic science. Curry said this is the first time she’s been attacked for her research, and that Georgia Tech, her employer, has a strong conflict-of-interest policy.

“I don’t think anything good will come of this,” she wrote, questioning Grijalva’s authority to investigate. “I anticipate that Grijalva will not find any kind of an undisclosed fossil fuel smoking gun from any of the 7 individuals under investigation.” 

AROUND THE WEB:

Major offshore drilling companies reported falling earnings and orders Thursday, Reuters reports

There are now 77 gray wolves in Oregon, an increase of 13 over last year, the Statesman Journal reports

Ninety-four percent of Californians think that the state’s current drought is serious, the Associated Press reports

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: 

Check out Thursday's stories... 

- Inhofe hurls snowball on Senate floor

- Dems introduce bill to help 'clean coal'

- Bipartisan Senate duo pushes for repeal of ethanol mandate

- Greens petition California to ban fracking

- Manufacturers: Even with costs halved, ozone reg could still be most expensive

- French president in Philippines for climate push

- East Coast saw 'unprecedented' sea level surge

 

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