Shot/Chaser: Mary Landrieu Excites Environmentalists
Anti-Energy northeastern Senator Sheldon Whitehouse told Politico that he supports Landrieu’s move to the Energy and Natural Resources Committee because she can stop opposition to Democrats’ anti-energy policy priorities.
"The concern I have is that industry has gotten into such a reckless, selfish and bullying posture politically, that you can’t actually have discussions about things with them," Whitehouse said today during an energy panel hosted by POLITICO. "The industry, the coal and the oil folks, are in such a state of denial about climate that and they feel they’ve got enough clout in Congress that they can just stonewall everything. And actually, it may prove to our benefit that somebody like Mary can broker what is now I think a very dangerous position frankly for the coal and oil industry. There is a point where you can bully people and insist on having everything your way...but that’s a game that runs out and when it runs out, if you’ve never been decent along the way, then payback is a tough thing."
Senator Landrieu donated $15,000 to Senator Whitehouse from 2006 to 2012. (www.fec.gov, Accessed 2/6/14).
"Mary Landrieu isn't a friend of Louisiana's energy industry. She's a friend of liberal special interests and President Obama's anti-energy team," LAGOP Chairman Roger Villere said. "Senator Landrieu should be taking a stand for Louisiana's oil and gas industry, not catering to radical environmentalists."