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NHDP - Kelly Ayotte Votes to Raise Costs for Granite Staters and Put Special Interests First 

Concord, N.H. – Kelly Ayotte voted yesterday to raise the price of natural gas for New Hampshire’s people and businesses, once again showing that she will put special interests before the priorities of hard-working Granite Staters.
Independent analyses show that the amendment, introduced by Ted Cruz to send more natural gas overseas, could lead to a tripling in natural gas prices, sending electricity rates soaring in New Hampshire.     
“New Hampshire and the entire northeast region are already struggling with high electricity rates due in large part to a lack of natural gas supply, yet Kelly Ayotte wants to send our natural gas overseas, driving up prices even further,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “Kelly Ayotte’s vote yesterday reinforces that she will always put special interests first, while making New Hampshire’s people, businesses, and economy pay the price.”
Former NH Public Utilities Commissioner Clifton Below Called Increasing Exports of Natural Gas Wrong for New Hampshire in a Foster’s Op-Ed. “As a residential and business consumer, and as a former NH Public Utilities Commissioner and legislator, I know how important it is for our elected officials to understand New Hampshire’s energy issues. We need energy policies that promote reliable, affordable and sustainable energy resources. […] independent analyses — and common sense — show that increasing exports of natural gas could substantially raise the price of energy locally by reducing the supply available domestically and driving up electric rates.” [Foster’s Op-Ed, 10/28/14]
Increased Natural Gas Exports Lead ToIncreased Natural Gas Prices Across The U.S. A 2012 report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration found that larger export levels lead to larger domestic price increases.  Moreover, even while consuming less, consumers will see an increase in natural gas and electricity expenditures. [U.S. Energy Information Administration, January 2012]

Study Found That Exporting Natural Gas Could Lead To A Tripling In Natural Gas Prices. A report from Charles River Associates finds that allowing unchecked natural gas exports would negatively impact U.S. employment and manufacturing.  Specifically, the report found that a global natural gas supply shortage of 20-35 billion cubic feet per day by 2030 is projected.  U.S. exports would likely play a major role in filling that gap, leading to a tripling of natural gas prices. [, accessed 10/13/14]

A Surge In LNG Exports Could Increase U.S. Natural Gas Prices Between 4 And 11 Percent. “The EIA concluded that a surge in LNG exports would cause U.S. natural gas supply prices to rise between 4 percent and 11 percent, on average, over its current projections for the 2015 to 2040 period, depending on how much LNG is exported.” [Center for American Progress, 1/27/15]



Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today blasted Senator Jeanne Shaheen's vote against the Keystone XL pipeline in the Senate today:

"Senator Jeanne Shaheen has blindly followed orders from the radical environmental groups that bankrolled her campaign and opposed this worthy project. Nine democrats joined Senator Kelly Ayotte and her Republican colleagues in voting to build the Keystone XL pipeline because it will create jobs, stimulate the economy and strengthen our national security by helping the United States become energy independent. Senator Shaheen has proven that she is an out of touch Washington politician who is bought and paid for by liberal special interest groups." 




Senator Jeanne Shaheen Voted to oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline (S. Con. Res. 1 Vote #49 Motion Approved 62-36, 1/29/15, Shaheen Voted Nay)


NRSC - Keystone XL Pipeline Passes! 


We did it, Friend.

In a great bipartisan victory, we passed the Keystone XL pipeline in the Senate with a vote of 62-36, including the support of 9 Democrats who joined us to pass this pro-growth piece of legislation.

Now stand with us today by urging President Obama to SIGN this bill >>

This new pipeline will create hundreds of new jobs and new economic opportunities for many Americans and greatly expand our energy security. 

Our fight is not over yet – President Obama has vowed to veto the Keystone XL pipeline bill as soon as it reaches his desk. We must not allow this to happen. We’ve fought long and hard for this pipeline and the opportunities it will create. The American people are counting on it.

TAKE ACTION: Sign our petition to tell President Obama to sign the Keystone XL pipeline into law >>>

Thank you,

Senate Republicans



NHDP - Kelly Ayotte Votes to Bypass Process that Protects Local Communities, Force Construction of Keystone XL Pipeline 

Ayotte Also Supported Amendment to Ship More Natural Gas Overseas and Send New Hampshire Electricity Rates Skyrocketing 

Concord, N.H. – Kelly Ayotte voted today to disregard the federal review process and force construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. A thorough State Department review ensures that the views of local communities are heard and that the environmental impacts and safety concerns of any project are considered.
“The people of New Hampshire believe strongly that the views of local communities must be heard when considering any large-scale energy project, and hundreds of Granite Staters signed our petition urging Kelly Ayotte to put local communities first, not special interests,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “Kelly Ayotte’s vote to cut out the voices of local communities isn’t just bad for this project, it also sets a dangerous precedent for projects here in New Hampshire like Northern Pass, the Portland-Montreal pipeline, and the Kinder Morgan pipeline,”

By supporting this bill to bypass the normal review process for the Keystone XL pipeline, Kelly Ayotte has now voted to forgo the very same review process that would be critical to protecting the interests of New Hampshire communities when it comes to projects like Northern Pass and the Portland-Montreal pipeline.

Kelly Ayotte also voted yesterday in favor of an amendment to the Keystone XL pipeline approval bill introduced by Ted Cruz to send more natural gas overseas. Experts show the amendment could lead to a tripling in natural gas prices, sending electricity rates soaring in New Hampshire.
“Kelly Ayotte’s support for sending more of our natural gas overseas, which would drive up prices even further in our region, shows once again that she is more concerned with her special interest backers than the people and businesses of our state,” added Buckley.



SEABROOK - Today, Scott Brown toured the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant to underscore the importance of nuclear power as part of an “all of the above” energy policy that will lower prices and increase domestic supply. This stands in clear contrast to Senator Shaheen’s efforts to limit the use of nuclear power in New Hampshire.
“Energy prices in the Granite State are ​increasing and cost​s​ are estimated to rise as much as 50 percent this winter," said Brown. “Senator Shaheen voted for a national energy tax and supported efforts to limit the use of nuclear power in New Hampshire. ​We​ simply can’t afford Senator Shaheen’s costly energy policies.”
​Though Shaheen denies it, she ​has opposed nuclear power​​ and called it​ "

Scott Brown supports an “all of the above”
energy policy​​ ​to increase supply and lower costs for the people of New Hampshire. Recently, the Portsmouth Herald reported that skyrocketing energy prices will be a “dire situation” for thousands of people in New Hampshire, with rates set to increase between forty or fifty percent.
This month, Scott visited Hampton resident Kerri Ruggiero, a mother working four jobs to make ends meet. Ruggiero is a Unitil customer and was recently notified that her rates are set to increase heading into the cold winter months.
During that visit, Ruggiero said, “I have not even turned on the heat yet and already saw a $20.00 jump in my bills. I’m supporting Scott Brown because he has a plan to lower prices and stand up for New Hampshire. Senator Shaheen broke her promise to help our families, and has made it clear she stands with President Obama instead of New Hampshire.”


March 2013: Shaheen Voted For An Amendment To Enact Federal Energy Tax. “To establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to ensuring that all revenue from a fee on carbon pollution is returned to the American people.” (S. Amdt. 646 To S. Con. Res. 8, 
Roll Call Vote #58: Rejected 41-58, 3/22/13, Shaheen Voted Yea)

An Energy Tax Could Cost Up To 10,000 Jobs In New Hampshire. “This tax would deal a blow to employment in New Hampshire, with a loss of worker income equivalent to 7,000 to 10,000 jobs in 2013 and 10,000 by 2023.” (“Adverse Economic Impacts Of A Carbon Tax In New Hampshire,” National Association Of Manufacturers, 2/26/13)

A Energy Tax Could Increase The Price Of Gas In New Hampshire By More Than 20 Cents Per Gallon. “Prices at the pump would jump by more than 20 cents a gallon in 2013.” (“Adverse Economic Impacts Of A Carbon Tax In New Hampshire,” National Association Of Manufacturers, 2/26/13)

A Energy Tax Could Increase The Cost Of Electricity For New Hampshire Families By 18 Percent. “Households in New Hampshire would see a significant increase in their electricity rates, with an average increase of 18 percent in 2013.” (“Adverse Economic Impacts Of A Carbon Tax In New Hampshire,” National Association Of Manufacturers, 2/26/13)