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renewable-fuel-standard  rfs34  ethanol  consumers 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted December 2, 2016

The history of the RFS is that EPA’s enthusiasm for the program has seen the agency mandate ever-increasing volumes of ethanol in the fuel supply, potentially putting consumers at risk by pushing fuels into the marketplace that could damage the engines of vehicles, motorcycles, boats and small power equipment. At the same time the RFS’ original purpose of developing a commercially viable, national supply of cellulosic biofuel has become submerged in a growing ocean of corn ethanol. In short, that’s where America and the RFS stand today.

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energy-exports  liquefied-natural-gas  lng34  trade 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 30, 2016

Perhaps more importantly, the November natural gas export/import numbers suggest new U.S. muscularity in the global energy marketplace, built by America’s domestic energy renaissance. Record natural gas output, largely developed with advanced hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, is creating export opportunities for U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) and increasing U.S. energy influence globally.

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natural-gas  environmental-impact  climate  carbon-dioxide  consumers 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 28, 2016

There is indeed critically important climate progress being made in the United States, thanks to an energy transition – though perhaps not precisely the one EPA’s Gina McCarthy had in mind. It’s natural gas – the increased use of which is the primary reason the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects U.S. energy-related carbon emissions this year will be the lowest since 1992.

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consumers  energy  oil-and-natural-gas  gasoline-prices 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 23, 2016

Historically and culturally, Thanksgiving is this country’s calendar cue to be thankful, to be grateful, from household to household. As President Lincoln said in his 1863 proclamation creating the holiday, it’s a day to recognize the “blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies.” This year is no different. Americans can give thanks for a number of things. The American Farm Bureau Federation tells us that the average cost of a Turkey Day feast for 10 this year is $49.87, a 24-cent decrease from last year’s average. (Alas, there’s no reported decrease in the remorse a number of us will feel from feasting a bit too much.)

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community  oil-and-gas  vote4energy  everything 

Kate Wallace

Kate Wallace
Posted November 22, 2016

Oil and natural gas companies are committed to the communities where they operate – where their employees work, live and raise their families. This commitment is seen in company investments that help create thriving, successful communities, including investments in local education and other initiatives that strengthen the fabric of community life.

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oil-and-natural-gas  alaska  arctic  access  us-energy-security 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 21, 2016

America’s energy renaissance has propelled the United States to world leadership in oil and natural gas production. It’s historic and timely, given the fact oil and gas supplied 65 percent of the energy the U.S. used in 2015 and are projected to supply 67 percent of the energy we use in 2040 by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Put another way: Oil and natural gas are and will continue to be America’s foundational fuels – because of their abundance, portability and high energy content – yet all other energy sources are and will play important roles as well. All of the above.  

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renewable-fuel-standard  rfs34  consumers  ethanol  blend-wall 

Sabrina Fang

Sabrina Fang
Posted November 18, 2016

As congressional leaders set priorities for the end-of-year session, lawmakers should consider action on the flawed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). There’s bipartisan consensus for addressing the RFS – either repealing it outright or making major reforms. This week, Frank Macchiarola, API downstream group director, conducted a conference call with reporters on the problems with the RFS and the need for congressional action.

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hydraulic-fracturing  fracking  safety-standards  epa34  oil-and-natural-gas 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 17, 2016

As EPA nears the release of its finalized hydraulic fracturing/water report, the weight of scientific study and analysis backs the agency’s preliminary conclusion that there’s no evidence that fracking has led to “widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources in the United States.” Dozens of other recent studies reached similar conclusions – including peer-reviewed case studies and research by academics, government and industry, as well as state and federal regulatory reviews.

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lng-exports  russia 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 16, 2016

With legislation to streamline and expedite approvals for U.S. LNG export projects pending in Congress, the U.S. ambassadors of Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Poland and Slovakia wrote to congressional leaders this week, urging action. From their letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan (letters also were sent to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi):

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pipelines  infrastructure  crude-oil  north-dakota 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 15, 2016

In view of the facts, law and established procedure, the government’s latest decision to keep delaying the Dakota Access Pipeline project in North Dakota may only be explained as politics triumphing over legal due process and the public good. 

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