Election 2014: US Oil Boom Is Demolishing The Green Lobby

  • Date: 11/03/14
  • Greg Harman, The Daily Climate

Record-breaking domestic oil production is likely to swamp any effort to inject climate concerns into 2014 mid-term elections – and could even cost Democrats the Senate.

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Voters on Wyoming’s Wind River Indian Reservation in 2012. Energy development appears set to overwhelm efforts to make climate change a campaign issue during the 2014 election season. Photo by WyoFile/flickr.

Work boots towered above Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott as he moved down rows of shelving at Justin Boots’ distribution center in Fort Worth.

The campaign ad promised a “new era of economic opportunity.” And the staunchly conservative gubernatorial candidate used the setting to make his message clear: Abbott is the one to protect Texas’ record-breaking oil boom that suddenly has the state producing more oil than Iran.

As fall election season gets underway, the situation is much the same across the nation: Job creation and oil development is becoming the mainstay of campaigns.

Left-leaning activists hoping to turn this year’s mid-term elections into a referendum on climate policy, fracking and the Keystone XL pipeline are likely to be disappointed come November, analysts warn. They might find that the country’s oil and gas boom not only upends debate – it could flip the Senate into Republican hands.

From Louisiana to West Virginia to Montana and Alaska, Democrats risk losing the six seats they need to retain control of half of the Legislative branch.

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