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Shaheen criticizes Brown’s energy policy

Last modified: 10/19/2014 1:00:03 AM
U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is turning the focus to energy this week. Shaheen’s campaign today released a report highlighting votes her Republican opponent, Scott Brown, has taken on energy policy that she says will take New Hampshire in the wrong direction. And tomorrow, the state Democratic Party will host Massachusetts lawmakers and a New Hampshire energy expert to discuss Brown’s energy record.

Brown hosted his own event geared toward energy Friday when he met with a Hampton woman at her home to talk about rising energy costs. Utilities across the state are raising energy rates this winter – an average Liberty Utilities or Unitil customer can expect to see a month increase in their bill ranging from $42 to $50.

While energy hasn’t been a central issue to the campaign thus far, both candidates have outlined positions on the topic.

At an energy forum in Concord last month, Brown touted an “all of the above” approach that includes support for nuclear, wind, solar, biomass and geothermal. He has continually called for the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, a proposed oil pipeline that would run from Canada to the U.S.

Shaheen, for her part, has focused largely on investing in energy efficiency and new energy technology. She said at the energy forum in September if re-elected she hopes to revive an energy efficiency bill she co-sponsored with U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, an Ohio Republican. Shaheen has said she does not support subsidies for the oil industry and has often criticized Brown on that topic, pointing to votes he took that maintained tax breaks for that industry.

On the source of climate change, Shaheen believes it is man-made. Brown says he thinks climate change is caused by a combination of man-made and natural causes.

(Allie Morris can be reached at 369-3307 or at amorris@cmonitor.com.)


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