National monuments played role in key Western races
President Trump's moves to shrink two national monuments and open public lands to energy development over conservation appeared to play a major role in a number of key congressional races, particularly in the West.
A night of ups and downs in oil patch states
Colorado voters chose a progressive Democrat as governor but rejected a ballot proposition that would have cut down on oil and gas drilling in the state.
Meet some of Trump's new legal foes
Democrats last night celebrated a historic win in the contest to replace New York's chief legal officer.
Democrats prepare to fight Trump energy, environment agenda
Knocking off Republicans in suburban swing seats across the nation, Democrats decisively won control of the House last night for the first time in a decade, ensuring increased oversight and more checks on the Trump administration's energy and environmental agencies and policies.
Gridlock likely to intensify as Democratic moderates fall
The Democratic wave that swept the House yesterday barely even rippled in the Senate, where Republicans expanded their majority after ousting a handful of red-state Democrats.
Party leaders' last-minute pitches: 'This is different'
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) all but guaranteed Democratic victory in the House, as voters head to the polls today for what could be a landmark midterm election.
Energy issues to watch in today's AG races
Today's election could usher in some formidable new opponents of oil and gas projects and policies at all levels of government.
Democrats eye pickups in oil and gas states
The surge in early voting among women, young people, African-Americans and Hispanics could wind up affecting governors' races and legislative seasons in oil- and gas-producing states.
Wanted: A Democratic message to 'forgotten Americans'
Along with its direct impacts, today's election will be a referendum on President Trump's hold on the loyalty of "forgotten Americans" and an overture to the battle for the 2020 presidency that lies ahead.
Arizonans spar over Steyer-backed renewables push
PHOENIX — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich could not resist a jab at climate activist Tom Steyer as he kicked off a Republican get-out-the-vote rally here in late October.
5 places where climate is on the ballot
Climate change could play a role in races around the country today, from a Senate contest in hurricane-smashed Florida to Washington state, where voters will decide whether to put a price on carbon.
Even skeptics see rising seas in Fla. elections
DAVIE, Fla. — Republican Ron DeSantis doesn't talk much about climate change, but his position on the issue could be boiled down to this: Build that sea wall.
4 ballot measures that could shape U.S. climate policy
Climate change has been overshadowed by health care, immigration and the economy on the campaign trail. But a series of ballot initiatives across the West have the potential to reshape U.S. climate policy.
Fracking falls from Dems' sights as they eye majority
The last time Democrats controlled the House, "fracking" was better known as a cuss word on the science fiction show "Battlestar Galactica" than an oil drilling process.
Energy, environment issues shaping Senate race
LAS VEGAS — Asked recently about climate change, Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen, who is running for the Senate in the Silver State, turned her attention to the Hoover Dam.
Tax credit debate playing unlikely role in key Senate race
Health care and President Trump are two defining issues in the toss-up Nevada Senate race, which could determine whether the GOP retains control of the chamber.
Texas oil regulator seeking re-election shrugs off industry ties
Texas' top oil and gas regulator is cruising to a re-election win next week despite looming questions surrounding her ties to the energy companies she oversees.
Voters to weigh high-profile conservation, drilling disputes
Voters from Connecticut to Colorado next week will weigh several state ballot measures that seek to protect public lands and waters.
Landmark water bond splits greens
California voters next week will decide whether to authorize nearly $8.9 billion in new water spending when they consider one of the largest water bond measures in the state history.
Can spoiler Mark Begich become savior in Alaska?
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Former Sen. Mark Begich (D) had been denounced as a spoiler who would thwart independent Alaska Gov. Bill Walker's bid for re-election. But everything changed when Walker dropped out of the race and threw his support behind Begich.
Cap and trade hinges on tight governor's race
When climate hawks departed Oregon's capital earlier this year without a cap-and-trade bill, they consoled themselves in the knowledge that legislative leaders had penciled in carbon reduction as a priority for 2019.
A climate clash emerges in purple coastal Va.
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The roads stay wet here, the gutters around the storm drains soggy where salty water has gurgled up from the Chesapeake Bay.
Money trail shows energy, mining firms eager to unseat Tester
On Oct. 10, Montana Senate candidate Matt Rosendale (R) lent his campaign $125,000.
Gains elusive for GOP governor after embrace of coal, Trump
MURPHYSBORO, Ill. — The most significant energy policy adopted in the past decade in Illinois is one Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) isn't boasting about during his run for re-election.
Climate and coal collide in Ill. governor race
Coal has largely disappeared from blue states in America, but Illinois is a notable exception.
Methane makes rare appearance in N.M. governor's race
The race for New Mexico's next governor may be one of the only gubernatorial races in the country where methane pollution has become one of the key issues.
This Dem might beat the strongest Republican on climate
MIAMI — Debbie Mucarsel-Powell has a problem that's rare for a Democrat this year — the Floridian and former college administrator is running against a Republican incumbent who not only accepts that climate change is happening but has introduced legislation to combat it.
U.N. climate report drives questions in Senate debates
The release of a major international report on climate change has spread into a number of Senate races, giving the issue prominence in the final weeks before the midterm elections.
Fact-checking candidates on algae rhetoric
Candidates for Florida's two biggest races are diving into the Sunshine State's duo of harmful algal blooms, dunking their opponents any chance they get.
Climate's a factor in Minn. Senate fight
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesotans have seen this race before.
Patagonia ramps up activism, endorsing 2 Dems for Senate
Patagonia Inc. upped the ante on its political activism today, endorsing Montana Sen. Jon Tester (D) and Nevada Senate candidate Rep. Jacky Rosen (D).
Patrick Morrisey's 'clever way' to get more money from donors
The two cousins who help run Pennsylvania mining services firm Lee Supply Co. Inc., Shawn and Kevin Lee, each gave $3,000 to West Virginia Republican Senate candidate Patrick Morrisey on July 30. Another family member, CEO Michael Lee, gave the same amount.
Democrats outraise GOP lawmakers with poor climate records
Democratic challengers in several key House races have raised a massive amount of campaign cash in the past three months, new records show.
Democratic challengers show fundraising prowess
Democrats have a financial edge over Republicans in House races that could turn on energy and environmental issues, according to the latest spending disclosures.
Dems look to make climate a midterm issue
Senate Democrats predicted yesterday that climate change would become a "supercharged" issue at the ballot box in November, as Hurricane Michael wreaked havoc on the Gulf Coast shortly after an international group of scientists issued a dire warning about rising temperatures across the planet.
Dueling energy records at issue in heated Senate race
A fight over who should claim credit for landmark energy legislation lifting the decades-old crude oil export ban is a flashpoint in an increasingly bitter North Dakota Senate race.
Will 'blue wave' bring a splash or tsunami?
Control of the House come January could come down to how many seats Democrats can flip in the Golden State.
Offshore drilling fears could turn Trump district blue
The threat of offshore drilling has turned what should be an easy Republican win into a competitive contest in South Carolina's 1st District.
Key races may hinge on under-the-radar issue: Trade
With slightly less than a month until Election Day, candidates are scrambling to respond to the administration's new trade agreement with Mexico and Canada.
Dinosaurs haunt wannabe chairman on campaign trail
Dana Rohrabacher can't escape dinosaur farts.
Oil industry raising millions to defeat Colo. setback proposal
With less than a month until Election Day, the oil and gas industry is working on several fronts to defeat a ballot initiative that would move new oil and gas wells away from homes.
Climate becomes focus of Ind. Senate debate
The moderator of the Indiana Senate debate yesterday said she got more submitted questions about climate change than any other topic.
Energy issues central to Colo. governor's race
The major-party candidates for Colorado's open governor's seat clashed on energy policy and water issues during two debates over the weekend.
Political novice has sights on Don Young
Alyse Galvin, who is running against Rep. Don Young (R) for Alaska's at-large congressional seat, went to a recent Anchorage Chamber of Commerce debate loaded for bear.
Pa. Democrat gets Obama's nod — but not green group's
At first blush, Pennsylvania Democrat Scott Wallace is the type of candidate who should be able to attract support from both environmental groups and liberal bigwigs.
Romney, almost a senator, has talked of 'climate realities'
Mitt Romney's likely election to the Senate next month has triggered a new round of questions about how he views climate change and what — if anything — he wants to do about it.
Nelson, Scott spar over algal blooms
Last night's Florida Senate debate was fierce and at times nasty, with accusations of lying and misconduct flying thick and fast.
Mont. candidates debate public lands, trade
Public lands were a focal point of the debate Saturday night in Missoula between incumbent Montana Sen. Jon Tester (D) and his Republican challenger, Matt Rosendale.
5 election fights featuring green ads
Candidates nationwide are making their closing arguments to voters six weeks before midterm elections — and they're often infusing green themes into their political ads.
Wis. greens hope fourth time the charm against Scott Walker
The Wisconsin gubernatorial race has quietly become a top priority for the environmental community, which sees the Democratic candidate's chances as promising.
How Trump helped Beto O’Rourke score conservation win
Texas Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke has become a political rock star in opposing President Trump and trying to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz (R). He also has a background in environmental issues.
32 House races to watch on energy, environment
The GOP is playing defense. Only two Democratic incumbents are on the list, compared with more than 20 Republican officeholders.
Close House race in Texas could be riding on a hurricane
A little more than a year ago, in the middle of Hurricane Harvey's record-setting rain, the Army Corps of Engineers opened the floodgates at the Addicks and Barker dams on the west side of Houston.
Governor to receive climate plan Thursday, risking election
Aides for Alaska Gov. Bill Walker (I) huddled recently with members of a state advisory board recommending a carbon tax to orchestrate positive news coverage around a politically charged event on climate change this week.
Fla. GOP House candidate links climate, national security
Republican Michael Waltz is running for Congress on his military record and because of that — in a roundabout sort of way — his candidacy for a House seat in Florida could be good news for climate hawks.
Car dealer-turned-lawmaker finds carbon tax a hard sell
At a time when Democrats are vying to take back the House, the party is wrestling with an old problem: balancing the interests of fossil fuel workers and progressive climate hawks.
Some Democrats fight Big Oil but are invested in its success
A review of personal finance disclosures found that some politicians rejecting fossil fuel money have investments in coal, oil and natural gas.
Carper and Capuano both aim to avoid primary defeat
Delaware's senior senator, Tom Carper (D), and 10-term Massachusetts Rep. Mike Capuano (D) are both trying to avoid Joe Crowley's fate in primaries this week against progressive challengers.
Agency chiefs walk the line in trips to election hot spots
President Trump's energy and environment chiefs have crisscrossed the country, pitching new regulatory policies and touring energy facilities. They've also given face time to vulnerable Republicans.
Claims of hypocrisy in Fla. as candidates fight for green vote
Attacks ads, accusations of flip-flopping and counterclaims are flying thick and fast in the Florida race between Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson in what looks to be one of the most expensive Senate races in history.
Despite indictment, handicappers not writing off Duncan Hunter
At first glance, the indictment of California Rep. Duncan Hunter (R) and his wife, Margaret, is yet another blow to Republican hopes of holding the House this fall.
Okla. firm tops midterm donations
Incumbents on Capitol Hill have gotten more money from magnate Joe Craft and his coal company than any one else in the industry, the Center for Responsive Politics found.
Wyo. gubernatorial hopefuls spar over future of energy
Despite its reputation as a reliably red state, Wyoming's governorship has alternated between Republicans and Democrats regularly over the past two decades.
Crowded governor's race gathers cash, steam before primary
EAGLE RIVER, Alaska — The Alaska governor's race comes at a pivotal time for the Last Frontier. After decades of oil production declines, Alaska is on the brink of a new generation of North Slope oil development.
Coal, conservatives double dip for GOP Senate candidate
Republican Patrick Morrisey is using his personal wealth to skirt campaign donation limits, allowing a coal company and interest groups to inject extra cash into his West Virginia Senate bid.
Sierra Club ads target 5 Republicans on climate issues
The Sierra Club launched an ad campaign yesterday targeting purple-state Republicans for their climate credentials.
GOP candidates hold slight leads in Ohio, Kan. races
Republican Troy Balderson appears to have won a special election for an open Ohio House seat, but the slim margin of victory gives the GOP scant comfort after a night of primaries from around the country.
4 House races featuring clean energy candidates
In their bid to take control of the House, Democrats are running at least four candidates in the midterm elections who share an unusual connection: experience in the clean and renewable energy business.
Greens' playbook includes targeting vulnerable senators
Environmentalists are hoping to use Judge Brett Kavanaugh's decisions on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to make their case against the high court nominee.
Mining industry floods Heller with cash
A sizable chunk of Nevada Sen. Dean Heller's campaign contributions in the second quarter of 2018 came from one mining supply and services conglomerate based in Pennsylvania, according to an E&E News review of federal campaign finance records.
Liberal running for Colo. governor avoids oil attacks for now
One of the biggest questions hanging over Colorado's race for governor is whether the state's powerful oil and gas industry will try to stop the election of Democrat Jared Polis.
Big landowners back Republican Rosendale in Mont. race
In a race where land access issues may be pivotal, Montana's largest landowners are spending big to unseat Democrat Jon Tester.
Western voters want access, conservation — poll
2018 office seekers, take note: Western voters in five states favor political candidates who prioritize public land access and conservation, according to a new poll from a nonprofit group.
Loud backlash, quiet support for offshore plan in key races
When East Coast voters cast their ballots in the congressional races this fall, there's one sensitive energy issue that may be on their minds: the Trump administration's proposal to allow oil and gas leasing in nearly all the U.S. outer continental shelf.
Mont. race tests Trump's red-state reach
The president is seeking revenge from Montana Democratic Sen. Jon Tester, who is using the attention to his advantage.
Greens pinpoint 3 Republicans vulnerable on enviro issues
Green groups are pouring more money into House races during this year's midterm elections than they did during the presidential cycle of 2016.
Feinstein shifts on fracking as Dems struggle with messaging
Sen. Dianne Feinstein supports a fracking ban in California, signaling a shift to the left as she fights to fend off a liberal challenger.
Unknown Democrat wants to represent Pruitt in Congress
TULSA, Okla. — Scott Pruitt is one reason Amanda Douglas is running for Congress.
Vulnerable GOP House member breaks with Trump on mining
Facing a fraught re-election campaign, Minnesota Rep. Erik Paulsen (R) rejected President Trump in his first television ad, a rare move for House Republican incumbents.
'Stronger than battery acid,' Heitkamp readies for fight
Her challenger may be able to bring President Trump along on the campaign trail, but North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is planning on winning re-election in her deep-red state the old-fashioned way.
Fight over mining ballot measure could sway Senate race
A quiet push in Montana fly-fishing shops and farmers markets to tighten the state's mining rules is about to explode into a potentially multimillion-dollar election-year fight that could affect a high-profile Senate race and offer a road map for other states considering similar restrictions.
Climate hawk's unabashed idealism blazes trail for left
An upstart climate hawk's surprise victory Tuesday night over a veteran New York House Democrat could possibly reshape the future of the Democratic Party's climate policies.
Court vacancy upends midterm messaging
Republican leaders worried about midterm turnout are breathing a bit easier today.
Trump rally with House ally will put his impact to the test
After some controversy, President Trump will campaign this week for Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), a White House ally on energy issues. But the visit may not make much of a difference.
The energy executive behind Kevin Cramer's run
Billionaire energy executive Harold Hamm's fingerprints — and money — are all over North Dakota Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer's quest for the Senate.
Parties to pick nominees in vital races
Primary season rolls on with significant contests tomorrow in Colorado, Maryland, New York and elsewhere.
Mont. House hopeful touts conservation, love of angling
It's doubtful any House candidate challenging an incumbent this fall is more well-versed in conservation issues than Montana Democrat Kathleen Williams.
Primaries include top gubernatorial, House races
Closely watched gubernatorial races in Maine and Nevada will be set tomorrow. In both states, environmental activists see opportunities to replace outgoing Republican governors, and conservation and development issues will play in each contest this fall.
Absentee stats show GOP energized ahead of primaries
California Republicans are sending their mail-in ballots back in greater numbers than Democrats. The GOP wants to use the state's primary system to lock Democrats out of key seats ahead of November.
Public lands issues loom large in primaries
BILLINGS, Mont. — Democratic Sen. Jon Tester, like many politicos in Big Sky Country, won’t make any predictions about an increasingly bitter and unpredictable GOP Senate primary tomorrow that will decide who challenges him this fall.
Key primaries tomorrow in N.J., Iowa
After a hiatus from primaries, the campaign cycle revs back up tomorrow night with voting in eight states.
4 gubernatorial races where offshore drilling matters
Gubernatorial candidates in four key East Coast primaries are asking the Trump administration to let go of its dreams of drilling for oil and gas off their states' coasts.
Democrats seeking Issa seat battle over fossil fuel ties
Accusations about phony environmentalism and ties to oil interests are roiling the race to replace Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), less than two weeks out from the state's primary.
Republicans hope gas tax repeal wins them the House
GOP lawmakers are looking to boost a California ballot initiative that could help decide the balance of power in Washington, D.C.
De León plows ahead in 'very steep' challenge to Feinstein
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — The man who wants to unseat one of the Senate's most senior members is campaigning on expanding renewable energy and the social safety net and resistance to the Trump administration.
Can Rick Scott appeal to climate refugees?
Florida's governor, who has questioned climate change, is hoping that refugees who might be feeling its effects will help elect him to the Senate.
Energy interests help fill Calif. Republican coffers
Republican incumbents in key California House seats targeted by Democrats this fall largely hold a financial edge over their challengers heading into the state's primary next month. But that money advantage doesn't mean they'll keep their jobs.
Land, wilderness issues at stake in crowded Idaho primaries
BOISE, Idaho — The Gem State is a red, one-party state with a strong history of electing conservative, pragmatic leaders. Tomorrow's primary here features an unusually crowded field in the governor's race and an open congressional seat — 10 candidates are on the Republican ballot alone for the two jobs.
Primaries tomorrow could play role in Nov. outcomes
The midterms roll on at full speed this week, with primaries tomorrow that span the country. Voters will hit the polls tomorrow in Pennsylvania, Nebraska, Oregon and Idaho (see related story).
House 'green' races look increasingly blue
In House races where energy and environmental issues may be decisive in this fall's midterms, Democrats are gaining an edge over Republicans, reflecting broader national trends that show the GOP may be on the brink of losing its majority, an E&E analysis shows.
Trump tweets against Blankenship ahead of primary
If Don Blankenship wins tomorrow night's West Virginia Republican Senate primary — even with the president urging against it — it will be two days shy of a year since the past coal executive walked out of federal prison in Nevada.
The battle to be the most like Trump
Indiana Republican Reps. Luke Messer and Todd Rokita spent the last year trying to outdo the other's support for President Trump for the chance to unseat vulnerable incumbent Sen. Joe Donnelly (D).
If climate decides one big race this year, this could be it
RICHBORO, Pa. — With its historic stone houses and sprawling lawns, this slice of suburban Philadelphia hardly seems as if it would be at the center of the Trump resistance.
7 key governors' races for greens
The gubernatorial situation for Democrats and their allies in the environmental community can't get much worse, but that could change this fall.
Why Don Blankenship still matters
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Former Massey Energy Co. CEO Don Blankenship is a target of national ire. But here, politicians are careful not to cross him.
Big Oil money, Exxon's climate legacy loom over AG race
Pressure to investigate Exxon Mobil Corp.'s handling of climate change and other environmental issues are heating up the race for California's attorney general.
Trump won Pa. seat by 20, now GOP scrambling
The first midterm-year election will take place next week in a district that technically no longer exists and will once again test Democratic momentum ahead of November.
Millennials' climate views could sway these House races
Millennial voters are poised to drive the U.S. debate on climate change — and they could have an oversized impact on 10 competitive congressional elections this year, two new studies suggest.
Green groups split on efficacy of House climate caucus
A day after the League of Conservation Voters lectured Republican members of the bipartisan House Climate Solutions Caucus for their tepid records on key green legislative priorities, the group that helped assemble the caucus offered an alternative interpretation.
In N.D. Senate race, energy is everyone's friend
Now that they've recruited Rep. Kevin Cramer (R) to challenge North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, elevating the profile of the race and energizing conservative activists, national Republicans are beginning to strafe the Democratic incumbent.
Pa. redistricting gives Democrats hope in coal country
Pennsylvania will get a new congressional map. That's the one constant in an equation packed with unknown variables.
How a Sen. Romney could affect the Senate
With Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch retiring, former GOP presidential nominee and Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney could find himself in the world's most deliberative body, should he choose to run for Hatch's seat.
Is there a (female) doctor in the House? Soon, Dems hope
When Dr. Nadia Hashimi was a seventh-grader in Ramsey, N.J., she and a friend convinced the local board of education to ban Styrofoam from school cafeterias. It taught her an early lesson in the art of persuasion. Today, Hashimi is still talking about science and trying to make a change — but she's doing it on a much larger political stage. Hashimi, a pediatrician and novelist, is seeking the Democratic nomination in Maryland's 6th District.
Green issues may help decide Fla. Senate race
Climate change, storms and offshore drilling will be key in a Senate race between Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) and Sen. Bill Nelson (D).
Mr. Jones has come to Washington. How will he act?
Observers are keen on seeing whether Alabama Democratic Sen. Doug Jones will moderate his progressive stances to appease conservative voters back home.
Democratic AGs seek higher office by fighting Trump
With the Republicans fully in control of Washington, D.C., and holding a majority of governorships, the role of Democratic attorneys general has been elevated. Since President Trump took office a year ago, they have consistently been at the vanguard of their party's opposition to the president.
Lawmakers weigh fallout of Ala. election, Minn. shuffle
Doug Jones' monumental Alabama Senate win has Capitol Hill abuzz. And consequences abound for the agenda, the makeup of energy and environment committees, and beyond.
Mr. Jones goes to Washington
Democrat Doug Jones' victory in Alabama will soon bring a new balance of power to the Senate and could determine what party controls the chamber after next year's midterms.
Climate club: Sincere or just politically convenient?
A Sierra Club official last month complained that the bipartisan House Climate Solutions Caucus is a convenient way for Republicans to take political cover, since their leaders have no intention of addressing climate change. Regardless of the motives of the 31 Republicans who have joined the caucus along with 31 Democrats, the political incentives are clear.
Yucca looms as political wild card in Heller race
The Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site has played a role in Nevada politics for years, but many voters may not care whether candidates support or oppose it.
These candidates are green. Their wives are even greener
Green groups are all in when it comes to supporting the Democratic candidates for governor in New Jersey and Virginia this year.
Democrats taking back House could cripple bipartisan group
Democrats regaining power may come at the cost of the much-touted Climate Solutions Caucus. Some environmentalists don't seem to mind.