"Political Races Run Hot on Energy"

"Soaring gasoline prices have members of Congress and their opponents running scared all across the country -- and trying to seize the advantage."

"Republicans are pounding the pocketbook energy issue hard, tying their Democratic opponents to President Barack Obama’s stance on offshore drilling and the Keystone XL pipeline.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has said voters will reward his party come November because the GOP has been leading the way in passing energy bills aimed at producing more fossil fuels -- even if the legislation has died in the Democrat-controlled Senate.

But Democrats see a political winner of their own -- the claim that Republicans are tools for Big Oil. Their attacks on GOP lawmakers have become commonplace on the campaign trail, with the White House pushing for votes aimed at eliminating billions in subsidies for oil andgas companies."

Darren Samuelsohn reports for Politico April 15, 2012.

SEE ALSO:

"Oil- And Coal-Backed Groups Far Outpace Obama, Allies on Energy Ads" (Los Angeles Times)

"Alberta Election 2012: Environment Issues Largely Missing From Election Campaign" (Edmonton Journal)

"Congressional Republicans Turn Focus To Gas Prices" (Washington Post)

Florida Tea Party Bummed as Gov. Scott Signs Alt-Energy Bill (Orlando Sentinel)

"Obama Talks Taxes; Republicans Energy In Weekly Addresses" (CNN)

"Ad Watch: American Energy Alliance Blames Obama for Gas Prices" (Politifact)

"Obama Forms Natural Gas Policy Group" (CNN Money)

"House GOP Hopes To Revive Keystone Fight With Tie To Highway Bill Extension" (E2 Wire/The Hill)

"Missouri's Senate Race a Key in National Battle Between the Parties" (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Source: Politico, 04/16/2012