Landrieu gets to work swinging that Energy Committee gavel

posted at 6:01 pm on March 29, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

Louisiana is second only to Texas in both natural-gas production and refining capacity, with the Haynesville and Fayetteville shale gas plays contributing largely to the state’s economy that also serves as the hub of a nexus of a whole bunch of pipelines. In a nutshell, energy is pretty dang important in the Gulf state, and super-vulnerable Senate Democrat Mary Landrieu has been gunning for the gavel of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the better to heighten her pro-oil and gas profile ahead of her reelection campaign. With both Big Oil’s donation dollars and her red state’s voters on the line, she wasted no time getting to work this week, via the WSJ:

“One of the reasons I’m running again is to chair this committee, because I’ve—by God’s grace—lasted long enough to do it,” Ms. Landrieu, the new head of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources panel, told a crowd of more than 300 assembled in Lake Charles for the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association’s annual meeting. …

Ms. Landrieu’s challenge, party strategists say, will be to wield the gavel in a way that shows she can help Louisiana and its energy industry while distancing herself from her party, which is viewed negatively by many of the independent and Republican voters Ms. Landrieu must win to keep her seat. …

For her committee’s first hearing, this past week, Ms. Landrieu focused on expanding natural-gas exports, now a top geopolitical issue in light of the Ukraine crisis. Three proposed export projects that the Obama administration has conditionally approved, and the only one with final approval, are located in Louisiana.

Which is all something of a conundrum for the Obama administration. No way are Landrieu and the handful of her fellow red-state, pro-energy, and electorally vulnerable colleagues (Pryor, Begich, Udall) going to come out swinging in favor of any of the even milquetoast climate-change regulations and executive actions, never mind legislation, with which the Obama administration is trying to prove their worth to well-monied and well-organized cadre of eco-radical Democratic donors that give progressive campaigns so much cash. These vulnerable Democrats could definitely use the help from the administration approving more natural-gas exports approvals and an OK on the Keystone XL pipeline, but they can’t come off as too antagonistic toward the green lobby, either. Such a dilemma. Via the National Journal:

But that hasn’t convinced the environmental lobby’s heavy hitters to cut checks for Landrieu. In the past year, only one environmental organization has donated to her campaign. The Baton Rouge-based Center for Coastal Conservation gave Landrieu a $2,500 nod, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Environmental Defense Fund have handed over a combined contribution of exactly nothing. …

“Landrieu puts the environmental community in a difficult situation,” Schreiber said. “She’s been awful on climate change and she’s quite responsive to the oil and gas industry. And she’s chair of the Energy Committee. That makes things complicated.” …

The oil and gas industry is the second-largest contributor to Landrieu’s campaign committee and leadership PAC combined. The industry has also done more to give the senator a boost than her Republican challenger. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Landrieu’s campaign has so far raised close to $9.5 million with a cool $564,350 coming from the oil and gas industry.

Not that Landrieu necessarily wants the greens’ money — I doubt having the Sierra Club on the list of her major campaign donors would help her cultivate the image she’s going for — but this makes the Obama administration’s Keystone XL pipeline decision (or lack thereof) all the more pivotal in the coming months.


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DinaRehn on March 29, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Landrieu gets to work swinging that Energy Committee gavel

John Henry saddened.

Bmore on March 29, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Bmore on March 29, 2014 at 6:12 PM

More like Tom Daschle concerned…

Lanceman on March 29, 2014 at 6:18 PM

I don’t care who they are, Democrats simply can’t be trusted on the energy issue. As soon as she’s reelected, if that were to happen, she would swing back to being an Obama voter secure in the knowledge that she’s secure for six long years.

The safest course is to replace get, and all Red state Dems, with a Republican.

Charlemagne on March 29, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Lanceman on March 29, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Here. Have fun.

Bmore on March 29, 2014 at 6:27 PM

More like Tom Daschle concerned…

Lanceman on March 29, 2014 at 6:18 PM

He was the very definition of concerned. I think he could find a camera and a mic faster than Juan McCain!

Isn’t olde Tom Daschle going to be an administrator in O-Care?

Murphy9 on March 29, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Murphy9 on March 29, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Ha! We could only hope.

Bmore on March 29, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Note to Louisiana…vote this bioch out of office in November!

cajunpatriot on March 29, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Here. Have fun.

Bmore on March 29, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Oh my dear lord!

Murphy9 on March 29, 2014 at 6:29 PM

I miss Tom Daschle. He was preferable to the old Skeletor there now.

I miss Tom_Daschle_Concerned as well ;)

Lanceman on March 29, 2014 at 6:40 PM

“One of the reasons I’m running again is to chair this committee, because I’ve—by God’s grace—lasted long enough to do it,”

Oh! please sweetie. You’re a Landrieu. Running for public office is what your worthless family does. God forbid you actually ever hold a real job- you know- one of those that actually doesn’t involve being paid by the government.

And even if you hold on after the 2014 elections, I’m pretty certain that the GOP will not let you keep that gavel. Enjoy the job while you’ve got it honey.

Happy Nomad on March 29, 2014 at 6:47 PM

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Smart Powah!

Murphy9 on March 29, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Bmore on March 29, 2014

I’m pissed at you right now.

Lanceman on March 29, 2014 at 7:07 PM

gavel

…is it as big as Nancy’s…or as big as herself?

KOOLAID2 on March 29, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Probably the crowning achievement of Mary Landrieu was the Louisiana Purchase where her vote for zerocare was literally purchased for 300 mill which later became two billion. What a load! She need to go.

rodguy911 on March 29, 2014 at 7:50 PM

Note to Louisiana…vote this bioch out of office in November!

cajunpatriot on March 29, 2014 at 6:34 PM

This, with zero tolerance. The scumhag must go the way of Blanche Lincoln!!!

Pryor MUST go too!!!

Schadenfreude on March 29, 2014 at 7:50 PM

“One of the reasons I’m running again is to chair this committee, because I’ve—by God’s grace—I don’t know how to work at a real job.”

itsspideyman on March 29, 2014 at 7:52 PM

I’m pissed at you right now.

Lanceman on March 29, 2014 at 7:07 PM

I can’t say that I blame you. Seen frank?

Bmore on March 29, 2014 at 8:06 PM

frank, frank frank frank frank…

I’m pissed at you for getting me into an Urbane Effitist thingy.

Lanceman on March 29, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Lolz. Thought you might enjoy i_am_liberal. Fond memories and what. ; )

Bmore on March 29, 2014 at 8:22 PM

She is a Republican at election time, but supports the progressives the other five and years of every term

MTF on March 29, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Lolz. Thought you might enjoy i_am_liberal. Fond memories and what. ; )

Bmore on March 29, 2014 at 8:22 PM

That’s prolly libtard4life. Again. Chioma. Don’t aks me about my fabness. Or some stupid shit like that.

Lanceman on March 29, 2014 at 8:27 PM

And, as I am fond of saying every Landru thread, “Festival! Festival!”

You’re NOT of the body!

Lanceman on March 29, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Are voters so short of memory as to vote for her?
Talk to the voters in AZ.
Remember McShame….vote for me, I’ll close those borders.
Right.
Nasty power hungry politicians will say anything to get elected.

Belle on March 29, 2014 at 10:35 PM

And, as I am fond of saying every Landru thread, “Festival! Festival!”
You’re NOT of the body!
Lanceman on March 29, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Hahaha!!! I wonder how many people know what you’re talking about.

Feedie on March 29, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Oh, my! Wisconsin!

Jaibones on March 29, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Lanceman on March 29, 2014 at 8:28 PM

It’s appropriate, too! I wonder who the Kirk will be to pull the plug on
the nightmare.

Feedie on March 29, 2014 at 11:22 PM

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Instead, you can join CEI and the thousands of people around the world who will be celebrating Human Achievement Hour (HAH).
Leave your lights on to express your appreciation for the inventions and innovations that make today the best time to be alive and the recognition that future solutions require individual freedom not government coercion.
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DinaRehn on March 29, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Greenies are always sitting in the dark. Even when the lights are on.

trigon on March 30, 2014 at 1:57 AM

Don’t cry for Landrieu. The greenies will make sure she gets the money she needs, only through cut-outs and conduits to mask the true source.

They understand that vulnerable Democrats may have to sound reasonable to the home folks at election time, but if they succeed they will be back the Democratic pack of yes-men for another five years, right up to the next cycle heats up. The question is are the voters still dumb enough to buy it again? Or, are they mad enough about ObamaCare and the economy that the deception just won’t help?

Adjoran on March 30, 2014 at 2:12 AM

How can anyone still fall for the same dishonest Democrat game of, play sane in the months leading up to an election, then be an automatic vote for radical left wing economy destroying policy for the next 5 years and 6 months?

It happens every election cycle.

You know, now that i think about it. Lindsay Graham and Mitch McConnell are trying to do the same thing.

I guess we get the government we deserve.

alecj on March 30, 2014 at 3:16 AM

Landrieu needs to go now now now, all that money LA makes with oil and gas (Mary talking out of mouth) gets flushed away with taxes to cover food stamps and welfare (Mary talking out of her ass)

hurricane567 on March 30, 2014 at 3:19 AM

Hahaha!!! I wonder how many people know what you’re talking about.

Feedie on March 29, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Around here? Quite a few, believe me.

Lanceman on March 30, 2014 at 4:24 AM

She banged that gavel in favor of Rhea Suh http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/201922-senate-committee-approves-rhea-suh-nomination

Anyone remember the environutter, Elizabeth Birnbaum, who was head of MMS? MMS approved the well design for BP Macondo’s well, which spewed for months, under the environutter’s direction.

Kermit on March 30, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Any Republican committee chair will do better for LA, the US, and therefore the world. And they would not vote with BHO on essentially everything.

ha_tspc on March 30, 2014 at 11:23 AM

This Idiot is just another lowlife scum of the earth Liberal who got her PHD from the University of STUPID.

tmgrant on March 30, 2014 at 5:33 PM