OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Move to end Keystone debate fails

THE NEVER-ENDING STORY: A move to end debate on legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline failed in a 53-39 vote on Monday evening. 

Eight senators were absent for the vote, hurting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate Democrats hold talkathon to protest Barrett's Supreme Court nomination Trump looms over Ernst's tough reelection fight in Iowa Democratic senator votes against advancing Amy Coney Barrett nomination while wearing RBG mask MORE's (R-Ky.) attempt to move on to final passage of the bill after three weeks of debate.


Those missing? Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidDemocratic Senate emerges as possible hurdle for progressives  Harry Reid: Biden should give GOP three weeks to see if they will work with him Democrats to boycott committee vote on Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination MORE (D-Nev.), Sens. Mark KirkMark Steven KirkThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Senate makes SCOTUS nominee Barrett a proxy for divisive 2020 Senate Republicans scramble to put Trump at arm's length Liberal veterans group urges Biden to name Duckworth VP MORE (R-Ill.) John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMark Kelly releases Spanish ad featuring Rep. Gallego More than 300 military family members endorse Biden Jennifer Lawrence says until Trump she was 'a little Republican' MORE (R-Ariz.), Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillBiden and Schumer face battles with left if Democrats win big Harris walks fine line on Barrett as election nears Fox's Bongino, MSNBC's McCaskill trade blows over Trump ride: 'You epic piece of garbage' MORE (D-Mo.), Barbara MikulskiBarbara Ann MikulskiForeign policy congressional committees need to call more women experts Lobbying World Only four Dem senators have endorsed 2020 candidates MORE (D-Md.), Jerry MoranGerald (Jerry) MoranLobbying world This World Suicide Prevention Day, let's recommit to protecting the lives of our veterans Hillicon Valley: Zuckerberg acknowledges failure to take down Kenosha military group despite warnings | Election officials push back against concerns over mail-in voting, drop boxes MORE (R-Kan.), Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioSenate GOP to drop documentary series days before election hitting China, Democrats over coronavirus Bipartisan group of senators call on Trump to sanction Russia over Navalny poisoning Trump's new interest in water resources — why now? MORE (R-Fla.) and Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerSenate Intel leadership urges American vigilance amid foreign election interference Intel officials say Iran, Russia seeking to influence election Senate Intel leaders warn of election systems threats MORE (D-Va.).

Democrats voting to invoke cloture? Sens. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinDemocratic Senate emerges as possible hurdle for progressives  Susan Collins and the American legacy Democrats seem unlikely to move against Feinstein MORE (W.Va.), Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by JobsOhio - Showdown: Trump-Biden debate likely to be nasty Senate Democrats want to avoid Kavanaugh 2.0 Harris faces pivotal moment with Supreme Court battle MORE (N.D.), Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetSenate Democrats hold talkathon to protest Barrett's Supreme Court nomination Cotton mocks NY Times over claim of nonpartisanship, promises to submit op-eds as test Democrats sense momentum for expanding child tax credit MORE (Colo.), and Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyBiden and Schumer face battles with left if Democrats win big Harris walks fine line on Barrett as election nears The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by JobsOhio - Showdown: Trump-Biden debate likely to be nasty MORE (Ind.). All four support building the $8 billion project.

Supporters of Keystone who voted to filibuster? Sens. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterDemocratic Senate emerges as possible hurdle for progressives  Interior says Pendley to remain at BLM despite 'dramatic tweets' from Democrats Overnight Energy: Barrett punts on climate, oil industry recusals | Ex-EPA official claims retaliation in lawsuit | Dems seek to uphold ruling ousting Pendley MORE (D-Mont.), Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseySenate Democrats hold talkathon to protest Barrett's Supreme Court nomination Two Loeffler staffers test positive for COVID-19 Healthcare, retirement security seen as top issues for older voters, lawmakers say MORE (D-Pa.), and Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Democrats allege EPA plans to withhold funding from 'anarchist' cities | Montana asks court to throw out major public lands decisions after ousting BLM director | It's unknown if fee reductions given to oil producers prevented shutdowns Democrats allege EPA plans to withhold funding from 'anarchist' cities Energy innovation bill can deliver jobs and climate progress MORE (D-Del.). 

Read more on the vote here

DRILL, BABY, DRILL: Alaska’s all-Republican congressional delegation condemned President Obama’s plan to further restrict potential drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).

In a colorful Capitol Hill news conference Monday, Alaska’s three lawmakers said the Sunday announcement makes it clear that Obama doesn’t care for them or for Congress. 

"'King George' Obama really believes he doesn’t have to acknowledge laws that were passed by the Congress," said Rep. Don YoungDonald (Don) Edwin YoungDemocrats, GOP fighting over largest House battlefield in a decade Coordinated federal leadership is needed for recovery of US travel and tourism Alaska may select our next president MORE (R-Alaska). "Disgusting for the nation, disgusting for the people. This man, this person, has gone completely wacko."

Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiGOP clears key hurdle on Barrett's Supreme Court nomination, setting up Monday confirmation Senators battle over Supreme Court nominee in rare Saturday session Murkowski says she will vote to confirm Barrett to Supreme Court on Monday MORE (R-Alaska) repeated something she said Sunday that White House adviser John Podesta called an overreaction: "This administration is willing to negotiate with Iran, but they won’t negotiate with Alaska."

Stay tuned to The Hill for more on the fallout from Obama’s ANWR proposal. 

MORE DRILLING NEWS TUESDAY?: Murkowski told reporters that new restrictions on offshore oil and gas drilling in the Arctic waters off Alaska’s north shore would come from the Interior Department as soon as Tuesday. 

The restrictions would come as part of the department’s five-year offshore drilling plan, which would cover 2017-2022 and outline the areas that will be available for development in that time frame.

Keep an eye on The Hill this week if the plan comes out. 

LNG EXPORTS: The House will take a procedural vote Tuesday on a bill to expedite the approval process for liquefied natural gas exports. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio), would put a 30-day limit on the Energy Department’s consideration of applications to export to countries without United States free-trade agreements.

ON TAP TUESDAY I: The National Transportation Safety Board will meet to discuss a study on the safety of natural gas transmission pipelines in high consequence areas. 

ON TAP TUESDAY II: Cheryl LaFleur, chairwoman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, will speak at a luncheon organized by the National Press Club. She will discuss her agency’s role in the Obama administration’s climate strategy and the increased use of natural gas and renewable power in the electrical grid. 

Rest of Tuesday's agenda...

The Atlantic Council will hold a discussion on the United States-China climate agreement and its impact on the United Nations’s attempt at an international climate agreement this December in Paris. It will feature White House climate adviser Dan Utech, Andrew Steer of the World Resources Institute and Pete Ogden of the Center of American Progress, with former climate czar Heather Zichal moderating. 

The Environmental Law Institute will hold a seminar on state issues in the drive to reform toxic substances legislation.

Environmental Protection Agency head Gina McCarthyRegina (Gina) McCarthyFormer EPA chiefs endorse Biden, criticize agency direction under Trump OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Energy Department proposes showerhead standards rollback after Trump complaints | Interior memo scaling back bird protections is 'contrary to law,' court rules | Former EPA chiefs call for agency 'reset' Former EPA chiefs call for agency 'reset' MORE will speak Tuesday at the National Council for Science and the Environment’s National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy, and the Environment 


The United Kingdom’s Parliament rejected a proposal Monday to ban hydraulic fracturing in national parks, BBC reports

Wyoming regulators settled a lawsuit by agreeing to require that fracking companies increase the transparency around the chemicals that they use, the Casper Star-Tribune reports

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said Monday that the historic blizzard that’s hitting his state is "part of the changing climate," the Guardian reports.



Check out Monday's stories...

- Bid to end debate on Keystone fails

- Keystone may fall short of votes needed to clear procedural hurdle

- Murkowski: WH delivering 'double, triple, quadruple whammy' to Alaska oil

- Obama sends signal to Saudis

- Supreme Court rejects BP executive's appeal in oil spill case

- US oil production expected to remain steady

- EPA: States can't 'preempt' climate rule

- US, India set sights on Paris climate talks

- Obama adviser chides Alaska senator for criticism of refuge plan

- China's coal production drops 


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