Overnight Energy: Climate rule foe aims to challenge Manchin

Overnight Energy: Climate rule foe aims to challenge Manchin
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MORRISEY IS IN: West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey made it official Monday, announcing his candidacy for the Senate as a Republican.

He will face Rep. Evan Jenkins (R) and laid-off coal worker Bo Copley in the GOP primary to run against incumbent 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).

Morrisey led the court battles against former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaOvernight Energy: Dems ask Pruitt to justify first-class travel | Obama EPA chief says reg rollback won't stand | Ex-adviser expects Trump to eventually rejoin Paris accord Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand Ex-US ambassador: Mueller is the one who is tough on Russia MORE's Clean Power Plan and other Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules. He's making those battles and other anti-Obama fights a major piece of his campaign.

"We beat President Obama and the EPA when everyone else said it was impossible, to bring back coal and protect jobs in our state," he said in his campaign kick-off video

The ad features numerous news headlines about Morrisey's legal crusade against the Obama EPA. He was joined in most of the cases by Scott Pruitt, the current EPA administrator and former attorney general of Oklahoma.

"We need someone who is going to take on Washington corruption and advance conservative values. There's so much we can do if we have a conservative with principles going to Washington and someone who is committed to taking on the mess," Morrisey said.

He emphasizes his conservative credentials and support for President Trump throughout the video. He has previously highlighted Manchin's support for Clinton and Jenkins' history as a former Democrat.

Trump won West Virginia by 42 points last year, but Manchin, a former governor, has a strong base of support in the Mountain State.

Read more here.


GREENS RAIL AGAINST SENATE ENERGY BILL: A big coalition of environmental and progressive groups sharply criticized the Senate's broad energy bill in a Monday letter.

The groups, which include Food & Water Watch, Our Revolution, the Center for Biological Diversity and 350.org, asked senators to oppose the legislation, which they cast as backward-looking legislation that would extend the United States' dependence on fossil fuels.

"In light of the current administration's overt efforts to make it easier for the fossil fuel industry to pollute our air and water, it is more essential than ever that Congress resist efforts to increase fossil fuel production," the groups wrote to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLawmakers feel pressure on guns Bipartisan group of House lawmakers urge action on Export-Import Bank nominees Curbelo Dem rival lashes out over immigration failure MORE (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDemocrats now attack internet rules they once embraced Schumer: Trump budget would ‘cripple’ gun background checks Schumer: Senate Republicans' silence 'deafening' on guns, Russia MORE (D-N.Y.).

"No energy legislation is better than bad energy legislation that serves to increase our dependence on dirty fossil fuel production instead of advancing energy efficiency to reduce the amount of energy we utilize and building on successful policies to expand clean energy sources such as solar and wind," they said.

The legislation, sponsored by Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiThe siren of Baton Rouge Interior plan to use drilling funds for new projects met with skepticism The 14 GOP senators who voted against Trump’s immigration framework MORE (R-Alaska) and Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellDemocrats request info on 'repeated environmental concerns' at Ohio pipeline Booker to stop accepting donations from corporate PACs Gillibrand vows to refuse donations from corporate PACs MORE (D-Wash.), was introduced late last month, and McConnell immediately put it on the Senate calendar. That allows it to go directly to a floor vote and skip committee consideration if McConnell chooses.

Like legislation the Senate passed overwhelmingly last year, the bill aims to "modernize" energy policy, including through new infrastructure, cybersecurity protections, expediting natural gas exports and similar policies.

Read more here.


Vote probably isn't coming soon: Senate Majority Whip John CornynJohn CornynLawmakers feel pressure on guns Kasich’s campaign website tones down gun language after Florida shooting Murphy: Trump’s support for background check bill shows gun politics ‘shifting rapidly’ MORE (R-Texas) said Monday that the bill probably isn't coming up for a floor vote before the August recess.

"Possible," he told reporters at the Capitol. "I think probably likely not."


SECOND OFFSHORE WIND PROJECT COMING: Dominion Energy announced Monday it will build a small wind power project off the coast of Virginia.

The plan -- a two-turbine project from Dominion and European firm DONG Energy -- aims to produce six-megawatts of power, or enough for about 3,000 homes. It would be only the second offshore wind farm deployed in the United States, after the Block Island development off the coast of Maine.

The project comes after a series of delays and cost overruns, and Dominion lost a federal grant for the project in 2016 due to higher than expected costs.

Dominion is developing its wind project 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach, Va. The company said in a release that the project would "provide critical operational, weather and environmental experience needed for large-scale development" on other, more expansive offshore sites Dominion has leased for wind power.

Full deployment on its leased acreage could generate up to 2,000 megawatts of power, the company said.

Read more here.


CLIMATE DRAMA AT G-20: President Trump's decision not to sign a G-20 declaration on climate change this weekend further isolated the United States in the international energy and environment sphere.

Trump's decision made the U.S. the only G-20 country not to support the Paris climate deal or its underlying goals. It drove home his "America First" energy and environment policy, but also reinforced the degree to which he's willing to sidestep the rest of the world when it comes to cooperative climate efforts.

The G-20 declaration on climate change, issued during the first international summit since Trump's June 1 decision to leave the Paris deal, devoted an entire paragraph to highlighting the Trump administration's position, including its plan to use fossil fuels "more cleanly and efficiently," an addition that angered environmental activists.

Tellingly, the declaration quickly moved on from the U.S. position, saying, "the leaders of the other G-20 members state that the Paris agreement is irreversible."

"We reaffirm our strong commitment to the Paris agreement, moving swiftly towards its full implementation in accordance with the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities," the declaration read.

World leaders reacted to the G-20 summit by refining their opposition to Trump's decision to pull out of Paris.

The U.S.'s position on the Paris deal, "has triggered widespread disappointment but also unprecedented solidarity among all other nations and cities, states and the private sector in the U.S. and beyond," said Patricia Espinosa, the executive secretary of the United Nations' climate mission.

"That reality is that this is not like a chain, broken by one link, but an ever deeper and widening web of internationally aligned self-interest that bodes well now and over the years and decades to come."


Read more of our coverage of the G-20 summit:

-French leader: I'll continue to press Trump on Paris climate accord

-UK's Corbyn: I would have confronted Trump on climate change

-De Blasio contradicts Trump on Paris deal at G20 protest

-G20 world leaders' agreement hinges on U.S. climate change issue


ON TAP TUESDAY: Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyRegulators seek to remove barriers to electric grid storage Markey, Paul want to know if new rules are helping opioid treatment Oil spill tax on oil companies reinstated as part of budget deal MORE (D-Mass.) and Reps. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) and Ryan Costello (R-Pa.) are scheduled to speak at the Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Expo and Forum.



Minnesota officials are considering launching a statewide network of electric vehicle charging stations, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

ASRC Exploration, an Alaska Native corporation, is hoping to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean, the Alaska Dispatch News reports.

Abu Dhabi's state-run oil company plans to go public with some parts of its business, CNBC reports.



Check out stories from Monday and the weekend ...

-Utility to build small offshore wind farm near Virginia

-Study: 100 companies have produced 71 percent of emissions since 1988

-Greens slam Senate's energy policy bill

-West Virginia attorney general to announce Senate challenge to Manchin

-Week ahead: Senate looks to move on Trump energy nominees

-Tillerson receives lifetime achievement award from oil industry


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