News roundup: Chatter about Jindal as Romney's VP choice continues … China natural gas demand to double by 2017, IEA says … Wisconsin voters making history today
In plain sight: The Los Angeles Times reports its likely presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, a Harvard-trained analyst, will choose as a running mate someone of national stature who meets the qualifications he has presumably laid out already for his search team: government experience, conservative credentials, keen intelligence, good judgment, and the potential to help the ticket in November. "Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal fits that profile," the newspaper says. "He's been mentioned, but he's only getting a fraction of the attention that Rubio, Portman, Ryan and Christie are receiving. That may be about to change, however." Read the full story here to find out why.
Fuel forecast: Global demand for natural gas will likely grow 17% over the next five years as Chinese consumption doubles, the International Energy Agency reports today. China's demand for natural gas should expand by 13% every year through 2017, while U.S. consumption will probably grow 13% total by 2017, the Paris-based IEA says. It forecast European demand to increase by 7.9%. "Asia will by far be the fastest growing region, driven primarily by China, which will emerge as the third-largest gas user by 2013," says the IEA, which is made up of 28 countries, including the United States and most European nations. Read the full story here.
At the polls: Regardless of the outcome, Wisconsin voters will make history today. Either Gov. Scott Walker will become only the third governor in U.S. history to be removed from office before his term is up, or he'll be the first to survive such a challenge, as the Wisconsin State Journal reports. The vote is a rematch of Walker's 2010 race against Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. While polls leading up to today have shown Walker ahead—but within the margin of error—both sides agree turnout is key. Read the full story here.
Today's poll question: If you were voting in Wisconsin's gubernatorial recall election today, whom would you support?
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