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Tue Feb 25, 2014, 04:27 PM Feb 2014

Do you approve of Mary Landrieu replacing Ron Wyden as Chair of the Energy Committee? [View all]


New head of Senate Energy Committee has environmentalists seeing red

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) will bring a sharply different outlook to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee now that she has taken the gavel from Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who has moved over to chair the Senate Finance Committee.

Landrieu favors building the Keystone XL pipeline, protecting tax breaks or incentives for oil drilling, and placing limits on the power of federal agencies to set mercury or carbon dioxide guidelines for coal-fired power plants. Wyden takes the opposite position on all those issues.

Landrieu supports giving oil companies the right to export crude oil as well as natural gas, while Wyden supports giving natural gas export permits on a case by case basis and does not have a public position on crude oil exports.


Does any of this matter in a Congress hard-pressed to pass any legislation? Maybe. Landrieu could try to obstruct some Obama administration initiatives, especially on coal plants. She could work with committee Republicans to fashion legislation closer to the oil and gas industry interests. And she can make her voice heard more clearly than ever.

Perhaps not coincidentally, the Energy Department Tuesday gave conditional approval to another liquefied natural gas project, this one in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, and owned by San Diego-based Sempra Energy. It would export 1.7 billion cubic feet a day of natural gas. Just one day earlier, on Monday, Landrieu, who already had a lock on the new chairmanship, sent a sharply worded letter to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz saying that the delay in issuing a permit was “simply unacceptable” and that “we must not sit on our hands and let this great opportunity go by.”



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Hell, yes. Time to stop liberals from persecuting big oil, coal and gas!
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No, I think her ties to big energy producing companies are a conflict
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Duh. I dunno
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Waaah. This poll is weighted. (No shit)
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A Republican would be worse (True, but not an option at the moment)
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this is so discouraging. and I don't think much has been posted about this cali Feb 2014 #1
as if it wasn't bad enough here in the sacrifice zone.... Champion Jack Feb 2014 #2
No bigwillq Feb 2014 #3
Pot and the kettle..... a kennedy Feb 2014 #4
No I do not. IMO her getting that seat is a conflict of interest Autumn Feb 2014 #5
I agree. HappyMe Feb 2014 #6
Her getting that seat might SAVE the Senate from jaysunb Feb 2014 #9
it might. it's a high price and a deal with the devil, but it might. cali Feb 2014 #11
Agreed n/t jaysunb Feb 2014 #13
Well when you put it like that. Let's see ,jump off the cliff or get pushed? Autumn Feb 2014 #15
Not so much (a dilemma) it's how politics work. nt jaysunb Feb 2014 #16
Yes that is how it works, and it shouldnt. Autumn Feb 2014 #17
I don't agree w/ the "corruption" label jaysunb Feb 2014 #27
Kinda like replacing Sherrif Andy Griffith with Tony Soprano. Tierra_y_Libertad Feb 2014 #7
She is a Republican with a D after her name. wocaonimabi Feb 2014 #8
How did she get the position? Was there an internal vote? NOVA_Dem Feb 2014 #10
She's got senority Sgent Feb 2014 #25
One of her predecessors, J. Bennett Johnston, KamaAina Feb 2014 #12
Gosh. This couldn't be to help her to get re-elected in an energy/chemical/production state. Tierra_y_Libertad Feb 2014 #14
HA. Good one. I don't think it'll help; she's gonna get dogged like Kay Hagan did yesterday. cherokeeprogressive Feb 2014 #35
Sorry, faulty poll. Needs a "Fuck NO!" option. truebluegreen Feb 2014 #18
I don't approve of Mary Landrieu. In any way. I am happy about Wyden on Finance Bluenorthwest Feb 2014 #19
We have two corporate parties. ZombieHorde Feb 2014 #20
Civil liberties are very important, but if the middle class is decimated it will make it rhett o rick Feb 2014 #21
Heck NO sadoldgirl Feb 2014 #22
don't approve, but that's the seniority system for ya geek tragedy Feb 2014 #23
Big Petroleum (oil and gas) bought and paid for LA government from top to bottom decades ago. trof Feb 2014 #24
oy spanone Feb 2014 #26
I hate when positions are based solely on seniority madville Feb 2014 #28
This might be the only thing that PDittie Feb 2014 #29
As a senator she is about as desirable as a burnt piece of toast davidpdx Feb 2014 #32
No, but given her seniority (22nd) davidpdx Feb 2014 #30
Like putting a wolverine in charge of the henhouse. nt Zorra Feb 2014 #31
I think they shoukd revisit the issue after the elections. hrmjustin Feb 2014 #33
par for the course frwrfpos Feb 2014 #34
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