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 InhofeOvernight Defense — Presented by Huntington Ingalls Industries — Trump nominates Shanahan as Pentagon chief | House panel advances bill to block military funds for border wall | Trump defends Bolton despite differences Trump nominates Shanahan as Pentagon chief Iran, Venezuela puts spotlight on Trump adviser John Bolton 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 HoevenSenators introduce bill to prevent border agency from selling personal data Overnight Energy: Bipartisan Senate group seeks more funding for carbon capture technology | Dems want documents on Interior pick's lobbying work | Officials push to produce more electric vehicle batteries in US Officials, automakers aim to produce more electric vehicle batteries in US: report 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) ManchinLabor head warns of 'frightening uptick' in black lung disease among miners Labor leader: Trump has stopped erosion of coal jobs Overnight Energy: States fight Trump rollback of Obama lightbulb rules | Greens seek hearing over proposed rule on energy efficiency tests | Top Dem asks GAO to investigate climate threat MORE (W.Va.), Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampOn The Money: Stocks sink on Trump tariff threat | GOP caught off guard by new trade turmoil | Federal deficit grew 38 percent this fiscal year | Banks avoid taking position in Trump, Dem subpoena fight Fight over Trump's new NAFTA hits key stretch Former senators launching effort to help Dems win rural votes MORE (N.D.), Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerOvernight Defense: Congressional leaders receive classified briefing on Iran | Trump on war: 'I hope not' | Key Republican calls threats credible | Warren plan targets corporate influence at Pentagon Key Republican 'convinced' Iran threats are credible Hillicon Valley: Trump takes flak for not joining anti-extremism pact | Phone carriers largely end sharing of location data | Huawei pushes back on ban | Florida lawmakers demand to learn counties hacked by Russians | Feds bust 0M cybercrime group MORE (Va.), Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillBig Dem names show little interest in Senate Gillibrand, Grassley reintroduce campus sexual assault bill Endorsements? Biden can't count on a flood from the Senate MORE (Mo.), Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyWhy Congress needs to bring back tax deduction for worker expenses Biden cements spot as 2020 front-runner The Hill's Morning Report - Biden's bid gets under Trump's skin MORE (Pa.), and Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyObama honors 'American statesman' Richard Lugar Former GOP senator Richard Lugar dies at 87 Ralph Reed: Biden is a 'formidable and strong candidate' MORE (Ind.) all plan to vote to override the veto, according to Senate aides. But Democratic Sens. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetMomentum builds behind push to pass laws enshrining abortion rights The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition — Trump: GOP has `clear contrast' with Dems on immigration Bullock opens Iowa bid pitching rural credentials MORE (Colo), Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperOvernight Energy: EPA watchdog finds Pruitt spent 4K on 'excessive' travel | Agency defends Pruitt expenses | Lawmakers push EPA to recover money | Inslee proposes spending T for green jobs Lawmakers take EPA head to task for refusing to demand Pruitt repay travel expenses Dems request investigation of lobbyist-turned-EPA employee who met with former boss MORE (Del.) and Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterGOP angst grows amid Trump trade war Overnight Defense — Presented by Huntington Ingalls Industries — Pentagon approves transfer of .5B to border wall | Dems blast move | House Dem pushes Pelosi to sue over Trump's Yemen veto Pentagon approves transfer of .5B to Trump border wall from Afghan forces, other accounts 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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