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September 18, 2013

Hearing leaves Ron Binz with few votes to spare

By DARIUS DIXON | 9/18/13 5:03 AM EDT, Politico  •    •  Posted 2013-09-18 06:58:17

Ron Binz, the president’s pick to lead the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, charged into his Tuesday confirmation hearing with a central message: I’m no radical tree-hugger. But critical pieces moved into place that could sink or stall his bid — for instance, losing the support of the Energy Committee’s top Republican, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. That makes it more likely that Binz’s fate will come down to the decisions of two fossil-fuel-friendly Democrats, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, neither of whom tipped their hands Tuesday. [ read more … ]

Emails show Binz asking BP execs for help with FERC confirmation

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-09-18 06:58:42

The nominee for Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman reached out to executives at oil giant BP PLC for help with the confirmation process, according to emails released yesterday by a conservative think tank opposing his nomination. Former Colorado energy regulator Ron Binz thanked three BP officials in a July 25 email, part of a packet of emails obtained by the Free Market Environmental Law Clinic and the Independence Institute in Colorado through a Freedom of Information Act request from FERC. [ read more … ]

Senate critics confront FERC nominee at confirmation hearing

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-09-18 06:59:02

The top Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee yesterday said she cannot support President Obama’s highly controversial pick to lead the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, despite his efforts to respond to myriad attacks from libertarian and conservative groups. Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said she could not support Ron Binz, a former Colorado regulator. “I don’t think I’m going to be able to support your nomination, and I say that reluctantly,” Murkowski said. “The process will move forward; I recognize we need a full commission.” [ read more … ]

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