May 24, 2012

Obama, GOP Square Off Over Energy From Afar

NOTE: Thursday brings a series of events and press conferences across the country under the umbrella of the GOP leadership-run House Energy Action Team (HEAT).

  • Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Rep. Rick Berg (R-N.D.) will have a press conference in Bismarck, N.D., and then tour a Continental Resources drilling rig in Killdeer.
  • Other events Thursday under the HEAT banner include: Arkansa GOP Reps. Tim Griffin and Rick Crawford will tour a pipe manufacturer in Little Rock that Republicans say is laying people off due to the White House failure to authorize the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
  • Reps. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) are hosting an event at a Greeley, Colo., construction company to “discuss how we can increase domestic production and the impact high gas prices have on America’s economic recovery,” an advisory states. Afterward they will tour a trucking company to “learn how gas prices affect end-users.”
  • Rep. Bill Flores (R-Texas) will tour a hydraulic fracturing site in Parker County, Texas, to highlight allegations that new or potential Obama administration regulations will hinder oil-and-gas development.
  • Other events with GOP members will occur in Kansas, Ohio and California, where Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) will tour a Valero Energy Corp. refinery. And Friday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and several other members will tour a Shell deepwater drilling rig and an offshore production platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

Obama, GOP Square Off Over Energy From Afar

The Hill

Ben Geman & Andrew Restuccia

May 23, 2012

http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/229171-overnight-energy

State of play: Thursday will bring yet another partisan battle over energy — or at least a battle over which side has the best energy visuals.

President Obama will use the backdrop of an Iowa wind turbine blade maker to press Congress to extend the production tax credit, which is set to expire at year’s end and is vital to financing new wind-power projects.

He’ll also use the visit to TPI Composites to call on Congress to authorize another round of a stimulus-law program that provided $2.3 billion in tax credits for manufacturing green-energy-related equipment.

It caps several days of White House efforts to make the case for the incentives, which are part of the wider “to-do list” for Congress that Obama is using to call attention to what he calls GOP intransigence on jobs programs.

But Republicans are conceding nothing in the camera-ready department.

Thursday brings a series of events and press conferences across the country under the umbrella of the GOP leadership-run House Energy Action Team (HEAT).

The events are part of a wider GOP campaign against Environmental Protection Agency regulations and what Republicans call undue Obama administration restrictions on oil-and-gas drilling.

Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Rep. Rick Berg (R-N.D.) will have a press conference in Bismarck, N.D., and then tour a Continental Resources drilling rig in Killdeer.

Other events Thursday under the HEAT banner include:

• Arkansa GOP Reps. Tim Griffin and Rick Crawford will tour a pipe manufacturer in Little Rock that Republicans say is laying people off due to the White House failure to authorize the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

• Reps. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) are hosting an event at a Greeley, Colo., construction company to “discuss how we can increase domestic production and the impact high gas prices have on America’s economic recovery,” an advisory states. Afterward they will tour a trucking company to “learn how gas prices affect end-users.”

• Rep. Bill Flores (R-Texas) will tour a hydraulic fracturing site in Parker County, Texas, to highlight allegations that new or potential Obama administration regulations will hinder oil-and-gas development.

Other events with GOP members will occur in Kansas, Ohio and California, where Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) will tour a Valero Energy Corp. refinery.

And Friday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and several other members will tour a Shell deepwater drilling rig and an offshore production platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

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