Washington Weekly
Aug. 18, 2014

Last Week

JABO Supply Vice President and Industrial Piping Division Chairman Jay Bazemore welcomed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to JABO Supply's new location in Morganfield, Kentucky. Joined by Kentucky State Rep. Suzanne Miles, McConnell was able to see firsthand a small business in his state that deals directly with energy production as well as with various industrial entities in that state and beyond. To see pictures from Sen. McConnell's visit, look in this week's Insights.More

This Week

The House and Senate remain on recess.More

Item of Interest

Have you been following the fracking battle taking place in Colorado? The state of Colorado has one of the easiest paths to amend its state constitution. Through a series of possible ballot initiatives, hydraulic fracturing or fracking would have been so limited that investment in that state would have severely dropped off. ASA, along with its allies in the Energy Equipment and Infrastructure Alliance, were pleased to announce that the opponents of fracking have pulled their support for ballot measures for this fall. While this is a great first start, we expect opponents of fracking to come back in full force in 2016.More

Exclusive: White House Meets with Big Biz on Immigration
Senior White House officials are in talks with business leaders that could expand the executive actions President Barack Obama takes on immigration. Obama was initially expected to focus only on slowing deportations of potentially millions of undocumented immigrants and altering federal enforcement policies. Now top aides are talking with leaders in big companies like Cisco, Intel and Accenture, hoping to add more changes that would get them on board.More

Greens Demand State Hand Over Keystone Docs
The Hill
An environmental group is demanding the State Department fork over all of its communications over changes that were made to the final Keystone XL pipeline environmental impact review. Friends of the Earth filed a Freedom of Information Act request on Monday over a correction the State Department made in its final environmental analysis on the controversial pipeline.More

Why is a Major Green Group Backing a Republican Who Supports the Keystone Pipeline and Offshore Drilling?
The Environmental Defense Fund's political branch wants to build bridges between Republicans and environmentalists — and they're willing to make big compromises to do it. The group is going to bat for Rep. Chris Gibson, a two-term Republican representing a stretch of upstate New York. In a new $234,000 TV ad buy, EDF Action touts his recent votes in favor of federal climate-change initiatives.More

Energy Secretary Calls Industry Criticism of Natural Gas Export Overhaul 'B.S.'
Roll Call
Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz in a one-on-one interview Friday with CQ Roll Call signaled that any further changes to how his agency processes natural gas export applications will have to come from Congress, as the Energy Department tries to end a controversy over how the United States ships gas to nations that are not trading partners. In addition, Moniz dismissed industry complaints that DOE has moved too slowly on export applications as "B.S.," noting the department can't take final action until a separate Federal Energy Regulatory Commission review is completed.More