Oct 13, 2014 1:48 PM

Party lines and pipelines: Candidates talk energy

Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - When it comes to pipelines, party lines play a big role in New Hampshire.

Asked how the U.S. can best reduce its reliance on foreign oil, 2nd District Democrat Annie Kuster barely mentions natural gas, while her Republican challenger Marilinda Garcia doesn't mention renewable energy sources.

In the 1st District, there's a bit of overlap between Democratic incumbent Carol Shea-Porter and Republican Frank Guinta, but like the others, they largely echo familiar partisan refrains.

The Republicans are mostly focused on natural gas and the Keystone XL oil pipeline project, while the Democrats put more emphasis on renewable energy. Both Democrats oppose the Keystone project, and have serious concerns about the increasing use of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to free natural gas from the earth.


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