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Wednesday
Apr162014

NH Energy Forum - Free Energy Today Lunch at State House 





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NH Energy Forum

Thursday
Apr032014

NRSC - Shaheen: Obama's Rubber Stamp on Energy Policy

Shaheen Supports Obama's Energy Agenda Instead of
What's Best For New Hampshire

Votes with Obama an Astounding 99% of the Time





Despite the fact that a majority of Granite Staters disapprove of President Obama, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) remains a loyal proxy vote for the liberal Obama agenda. Shaheen has voted with Obama an astonishing 99% of the time and has supported policies harmful to American energy that could cripple entire industries, destroy jobs, and hurt workers in New Hampshire. 

For voters in New Hampshire, Jeanne Shaheen's propensity to support President Obama on energy issues will mean more red tape regulation, higher taxes, and increased costs that would destroy local businesses and hurt the middle class. The Shaheen-Obama agenda is simply too extreme for New Hampshire: 

  • Crippling: Jeanne Shaheen supported liberal California Senator Barbara Boxer's cap-and-trade scheme that would have increased New Hampshire energy prices and killed jobs.
  • Harmful: Jeanne Shaheen voted for an amendment that provided for the establishment of a tax on carbon.
  • Dangerous: Jeanne Shaheen voted against an amendment that that would have blocked the EPA from regulating carbon dioxide.

"Jeanne Shaheen promised to be an independent voice for New Hampshire but instead voted with President Obama 99% of the time, and supported a reckless cap-and-trade plan," said NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen. "Those who don't agree with Barack Obama on energy issues don't agree with Jeanne Shaheen either, which is why voters will replace her with a Senator that they can trust to protect families, seniors, and workers in New Hampshire."

BACKGROUND:

Independence Rhetoric

In An Interview With WMUR, Jeanne Shaheen Said She Only Votes With Obama When It's Good For New Hampshire. SHAHEEN: “I support what’s good for New Hampshire, and when the President agrees with that, that’s great. When the President doesn’t, then I disagree with the President.” (WMUR, 3/20/14)

In 2008, Shaheen Attacked John Sununu For Voting With President Bush 90% Of The Time. SHAHEEN: “Well, I’ve acknowledged that John Sununu has voted ten percent of the time independently. He’s voted ninety percent of the time with President Bush, and the reason that’s a concern is because it is those votes, for those policies, that have gotten us into the economic crisis that we’re in, because you have voted down the line with George Bush on his economic policies, to support his budgets, to support raising the debt to ten trillion dollars. You’ve taken the biggest surplus in the history of the country and turned it into a  near record deficit.” (Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire Senate Debate, 10/21/08)

Anti-Energy Policies

In March 2013, Shaheen Voted In Favor Of Establishing A New Tax On Carbon. “Whitehouse, D-R.I., amendment no. 646 that would establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund to allow for legislation that would provide for a fee on carbon pollution and use revenues collected to reduce the deficit.” (S. Con. Res. 8, CQ Vote #58: Rejected 41-58: R 0-45; D 39-13; I 2-0, 3/22/13, Shaheen Voted Yea)

In 2008, Shaheen Supported The Lieberman-Warner Cap-And-Trade Legislation To Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions By 80 Percent By 2050. “‘She supports many of the aims of the Warner-Lieberman bill,’ Shaheen spokeswoman Kate Bedingfield said in a statement. ‘She supports the goal of cutting carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050, and in the U.S. Senate will push for a comprehensive plan to achieve that goal that includes economy-wide emissions reductions, aggressive research and development for new energy technologies , work with international partners to achieve global emissions reductions, and incentives for energy efficiency and clean alternative energy sources.’” (John P. Gregg, “N.H. Senators Face Pressure,” [White River Junction, VT] Valley News, 6/6/08)

In March 2013, Shaheen Voted Against An Amendment That Would Assume For A Ban On The EPA Regulating Carbon Emissions. “Inhofe, R-Okla., amendment no. 359 that would adjust the resolution to assume for a ban on the EPA regulation of carbon emissions.” (S. Con. Res. 8, CQ Vote #76: Rejected 47-52: R 44-1; D 3-49; I 0-2, 3/23/13, Shaheen Voted Nay)

In April 2011, Shaheen Voted Against An Amendment That Would Have Blocked The EPA From Regulating Carbon Dioxide And Other Greenhouse Gasses. “McConnell, R-Ky., amendment no. 183 that would block the EPA from regulating carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.” (S. 493, CQ Vote #54: Rejected 50-50: R 46-1; D 4-47; I 0-2, 4/6/11, Shaheen Voted Nay)

In 2013, Shaheen Voted Against A Bipartisan Amendment To Provide Congressional Approval For The Construction Of The Keystone Pipeline. “Hoeven, R-N.D., amendment no. 494 that would create a deficit-neutral reserve fund to allow for legislation that would provide for the approval and construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline as long as the legislation's costs are offset without raising revenue.” (S. Con. Res. 8, CQ Vote #61: Adopted 62-37: R 45-0; D 17-35; I 0-2, 3/22/13, Shaheen Voted Nay)

Friday
Mar282014

NH Senate Moves to Improve State’s Site Evaluation Committee 

New Hampshire Senate

News Release

Concord, NH – The Senate today unanimously adopted legislation to update and improve the state’s Site Evaluation Committee (SEC), which is charged with approving the locations of power generating facilities and transmission lines in the state.  Senate Bill 245 stems from the recommendations of a legislative study committee which called for changes in how the SEC operates in order to increase efficiency, public input, and community benefit.

“As energy markets change and mature, the process by which New Hampshire makes the critical decisions about the siting of new generation and transmission facilities must also evolve with the times,” said the legislation’s prime sponsor Sen. Finance Chairman Jeanie Forrester, R-Meredith.

“This legislation makes the statutory and administrative changes necessary to allow the SEC to fulfill its mission effectively while fairly balancing the interests of property owners and communities with the needs of the state to maintain a strong and reliable energy supply.”

Specifically, SB245 restructures the public hearing and information process, provides the SEC with additional funding and staffing resources, and reduces the number of agency heads who sit on the committee.  The bill also requires that the SEC make a finding of public interest before approving any new projects.

“This legislation is the result of months of conversation and compromise among environmental protection organizations, industry, regulators, and elected officials,” said Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley.  “Together, we were able to put together a well thought-out bill that creates a more responsive, more efficient Site Evaluation Committee that can protect both our environment and our state’s energy infrastructure well into the future.”

Senate Bill 245 now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration

Friday
Mar142014

NRSC - Senator Shaheen Joins "Women on the Road" toward anti-energy agenda 

Jeanne Shaheen has had a rough few months and this week is no different.

After taking to the Senate floor in defense of liberal extremists and opposing American energy development and the job creation/economic benefits that come with it, Jeanne Shaheen is now set to be the beneficiary of San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle fundraisers this weekend. One of these ritzy fundraisers will be hosted by Susie Tompkins Buell, who also hosted the infamous Tom Steyer fundraiser last month.

It was Buell who said “OFA has helped put climate deniers on defense and it has played a role in securing EPA regulations of coal, but it has not provided the kind of inspired leadership we need to tackle climate change,” she wrote. “We want to make it perfectly clear to Democratic candidates that we expect them to lead on this issue.”

Buell’s point seems to be “perfectly clear” to Jeanne Shaheen, who votes with President Obama 99% of the time and is one of the most radical members of the United States Senate. As a staunch advocate for radical legislation like cap-and-trade, it’s clear that Shaheen has been an enemy of American energy. Shaheen’s support for this radical agenda would mean harmful red tape regulation, higher taxes, and higher costs that would cripple entire industries and destroy local jobs in New Hampshire.

"Energy development at home is key to creating jobs, helping working families, and growing our economy, yet Jeanne Shaheen continues to put radical liberal special interests ahead of what's best for Granite Staters," said NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen. "Jeanne Shaheen is one of President Obama's most important soldiers in the War on American Energy, voting with him an eye-opening 99% - even when those policies hurt families and workers in New Hampshire. Jeanne Shaheen's extreme views are far outside the mainstream which is why Granite Staters are excited about the possibility of supporting someone new that they can trust and rely on."

BACKGROUND

Susie Tompkins Buell Co-Hosted Tom Steyer’s San Francisco Fundraiser In February. “‘That’s like comparing Harry Potter to Voldemort,’ said Susie Tompkins Buell, a San Francisco-based climate donor who co-hosted a Democratic fundraiser Wednesday night at Steyer’s San Francisco home.” (Andrew Restuccia, “Steyer Vs. Koch Cage Fight,” Politico, 2/21/14)

Buell, An OFA Supporter, Said “OFA Has Helped Put Climate Deniers On Defense And It Has Played A Role In Securing EPA Regulations Of Coal.” “Esprit co-founder Susie Tompkins Buell, who attended the San Francisco event, has supported the pro-Obama Organizing For Action (OFA) group and is also a close ally of Hillary Clinton. She wrote in an e-mail that she has lost patience with some in her party. ‘OFA has helped put climate deniers on defense and it has played a role in securing EPA regulations of coal, but it has not provided the kind of inspired leadership we need to tackle climate change,’ she wrote.” (Juliet Eilperin, “Environmental Advocates Target Climate Change As Democratic Election Issue,” The Washington Post, 2/23/14)

  • ·         (Juliet Eilperin, “Environmental Advocates Target Climate Change As Democratic Election Issue,” The Washington Post, 2/23/14)

 

In 2011, Buell Led A Protest In San Francisco Of The Keystone Pipeline. “Buell made headlines last fall after she led a protest in San Francisco of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline by Democrats including Michael Kieschnick, co-founder of CREDO Mobile and Working Assets, which has donated $75 million to progressive causes, IT executive David desJardins, and Anna Hawken McKay, wife of Rob McKay, a wealthy philanthropist whose father founded the Taco Bell empire.” (Carla Marinucci and Joe Garofoli, “Major Democratic Campaign Donor Sours On Obama,” San Francisco Chronicle, 1/16/12)

 

In 2013, Buell Organized An Effort To Press President Obama To Make “Bold” Appointments To Advance The Issue Of Climate Change. “San Francisco philanthropist and businesswoman Susie Tompkins Buell — one of a crowd of big Democratic donors expressing sharp opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline — is organizing a new effort to press President Barack Obama for ‘bold’ appointments to advance the issue of climate change. … This week, Tompkins Buell organizing a signature drive to reach Obama with a strong message to stick to his principles on climate change and carefully consider his appointments in that arena.” (Carla Marinucci, “Big Dem Donor Susie Buell Organizing To Press Obama For ‘Bold’ Appointments On Climate Change,” San Francisco Chronicle, 1/28/13)

·         The Letter To President Obama Praised The Stimulus And The “Positive Regulatory Agenda At EPA.” “Your Administration has achieved some key gains, including vehicle efficiency standards, stimulus investments in clean energy, and a positive regulatory agenda at EPA.” (Carla Marinucci, “Big Dem Donor Susie Buell Organizing To Press Obama For ‘Bold’ Appointments On Climate Change,” San Francisco Chronicle, 1/28/13)

Tuesday
Mar112014

NRSC - Shaheen's Radical Anti-Energy Stance Far Outside the Mainstream 

March 11, 2014

"Talk-a-Thon" Highlights How Out-Of-Touch Jeanne Shaheen is With Granite Staters- Energy Development 
Jeanne Shaheen a Key Senator in Radical Obama/Reid
War on American Energy 

A majority of Democrats planned to take over the Senate floor to protest climate change and advocate for policies that hurt American energy development in a so-called "talk-a-thon" this week.

As USA Today reported, "The Democratic effort is cause for some confusion because these senators are calling for action in a chamber they control but without any specific legislation to offer up for a vote, or any timetable for action this year."

Jeanne Shaheen has had a rough few weeks and now is highlighting another issue where she finds herself defending liberal extremists and opposing American energy development and the job creations and economic benefits that come with it.  Shaheen is one of the most radical members of the United States Senate and an enemy of American energy, and is a staunch advocate for radical cap-and-trade legislation and other policies that would hurt New Hampshire. Shaheen's blind support for this radical agenda would mean harmful red tape regulation, higher taxes, and higher costs that would cripple entire industries and destroy local jobs in New Hampshire.

"Energy development at home is key to creating jobs, helping working families, and growing our economy yet Jeanne Shaheen has constantly put radical liberal special interests ahead of what's best for Granite Staters," said NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen. "Jeanne Shaheen is one of President Obama's most important soldiers in the War on American Energy, voting with him an eye-opening 99% - even when those policies hurt families and workers in New Hampshire. Jeanne Shaheen's extreme views are far outside the mainstream which is why Granite Staters are excited about the possibility of supporting someone new that they can trust and rely on." 

 

BACKGROUND

In March 2013, Shaheen Voted For A Pro-Carbon Tax Amendment

In March 2013, Shaheen For A Pro-Carbon Tax Amendment. “Whitehouse, D-R.I., amendment no. 646 that would establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund to allow for legislation that would provide for a fee on carbon pollution and use revenues collected to reduce the deficit.” (S. Con. Res. 8, CQ Vote #58: Rejected 41-58: R 0-45; D 39-13; I 2-0, 3/22/13, Shaheen Voted Yea)

A Carbon 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.” (National Association Of Manufacturers, “Adverse Economic Impacts Of A Carbon Tax In New Hampshire,” www.nam.org, Accessed 5/28/13)

A Carbon 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.” (National Association Of Manufacturers, “Adverse Economic Impacts Of A Carbon Tax In New Hampshire,” www.nam.org, Accessed 5/28/13)

A Carbon 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.” (National Association Of Manufacturers, “Adverse Economic Impacts Of A Carbon Tax In New Hampshire,” www.nam.org, Accessed 5/28/13)

A Carbon Tax Could Increase The Cost Of Natural Gas By More Than 40 Percent. “The cost of using natural gas would increase by more than 40 percent in 2013, the first year of the carbon tax study, adding to household energy bills and increasing operation costs for many New Hampshire businesses.” (National Association Of Manufacturers, “Adverse Economic Impacts Of A Carbon Tax In New Hampshire,” www.nam.org, Accessed 5/28/13)

Shaheen Supports Cap-And-Trade

In 2008, Shaheen Supported Legislation To Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions By 80% By 2050. “‘She supports many of the aims of the Warner-Lieberman bill,’ Shaheen spokeswoman Kate Bedingfield said in a statement. ‘She supports the goal of cutting carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050, and in the U.S. Senate will push for a comprehensive plan to achieve that goal that includes economy-wide emissions reductions, aggressive research and development for new energy technologies , work with international partners to achieve global emissions reductions, and incentives for energy efficiency and clean alternative energy sources.’” (John P. Gregg, “N.H. Senators Face Pressure,” [White River Junction, VT] Valley News, 6/6/08)

The Average New Hampshire Household Would Have Spent $405 More For Gasoline Every Year By 2025 As A Result Of Lieberman-Warner. (William W. Beach , David W. Kreutzer, Ben Lieberman and Nicolas Loris, “How New Hampshire Would Be Affected By The Lieberman-Warner Climate Change Legislation,” The Heritage Foundation, Web Memo #1930-NH, 5/20/08)

New Hampshire Would Have Lost 2,996 Jobs By 2025. (William W. Beach , David W. Kreutzer, Ben Lieberman and Nicolas Loris, “How New Hampshire Would Be Affected By The Lieberman-Warner Climate Change Legislation,” The Heritage Foundation, Web Memo #1930-NH, 5/20/08)

New Hampshire Would Have Lost 11,567 Manufacturing Jobs By 2030. (William W. Beach , David W. Kreutzer, Ben Lieberman and Nicolas Loris, “How New Hampshire Would Be Affected By The Lieberman-Warner Climate Change Legislation,” The Heritage Foundation, Web Memo #1930-NH, 5/20/08)

Shaheen Has Supported Allowing The EPA To Regulate Greenhouse Gases

In March 2013, Shaheen Voted Against An Amendment That Would Assume For A Ban On The EPA Regulating Carbon Emissions. “Inhofe, R-Okla., amendment no. 359 that would adjust the resolution to assume for a ban on the EPA regulation of carbon emissions.” (S. Con. Res. 8, CQ Vote #76: Rejected 47-52: R 44-1; D 3-49; I 0-2, 3/23/13, Shaheen Voted Nay)

In April 2011, Shaheen Voted Against An Amendment That Would Have Blocked The EPA From Regulating Carbon Dioxide And Other Greenhouse Gasses. “McConnell, R-Ky., amendment no. 183 that would block the EPA from regulating carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.” (S. 493, CQ Vote #54: Rejected 50-50: R 46-1; D 4-47; I 0-2, 4/6/11, Shaheen Voted Nay)

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