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Posted January 26, 2012
“Despite big gains in energy efficiency and increases in ‘renewables’ (wind, solar, biofuels), fossil fuels will remain the mainstay of America’s energy system for years. In 2010, fossil fuel represented 83 percent of U.S. energy consumption, with oil at 37 percent, natural gas at 25 percent and coal at 21 percent. Although total energy use grows only 10 percent between 2010 and 2035, the fossil-fuel share stays high at 77 percent in 2035. Oil is 32 percent, natural gas 25 percent and coal 20 percent.”
Posted January 25, 2012
There were lots of energy mentions in the president’s State of the Union speech, and we appreciate every one of them because they likely will stimulate increased discussion of energy issues in our country. In that way we join the president in trying to make more Americans aware of the country’s stake in energy – in terms of jobs, economic growth and security.
We agree with a number of things the president said. Indeed, the men and women of America’s oil and natural gas companies already have been working in many of the areas mentioned by the president. And they’re willing to do more.
Posted January 23, 2012
New polling from Rasmussen Reports on the Keystone XL pipeline:
“Most voters still favor building the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to Texas and think it will be good for the economy despite President Obama’s decision last week to delay the project for environmental reasons. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 56% of Likely U.S. Voters at least somewhat favor the pipeline, with 36% who Strongly Favor it. Just 27% are opposed, including 12% who Strongly Oppose the project. Sixteen percent (16%) are undecided.”
Posted January 20, 2012
Hours after President Obama rejected the job-creating, energy-delivering Keystone XL pipeline, “The Fix” blogger Chris Cillizza, a leading member of the Washington Beltway commenting class, weighed the potential political fallout from president’s choice and concluded with a resounding “Meh”:
“Regular people don’t care. … It’s simply not an issue that has broken through with the average person. There is no — we repeat no — credible polling on how many people are even aware of the pipeline (or the debate over it), a fact that suggests that it’s not penetrated anywhere close to broad public awareness … In short: If you care about the issue, you really care. But most people don’t.”
Posted January 20, 2012
Heather Zichal, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, writes:
"But what’s abundantly clear is that there are no silver bullets when it comes to this challenge. And the idea, as some in Washington have tried to suggest, that building a pipeline is the ultimate answer to the question of American energy security and job creation is nothing more than a pipe dream. The truth is that just two of the Administration’s programs – the DOE Loan Guarantee Program and the EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards – will create more than 10 times the amount of jobs generated by the Keystone XL pipeline, which will only generate a few thousand temporary jobs."
Posted January 19, 2012
As befitting a day when, for the president, political interest trumped the national interest, he opened his 2012 campaign advertising with a commercial touting – wait for it – his energy accomplishments. And they say irony is dead. The commercial links to a webpage trumpeting the president “Boosting Domestic Energy Production.”
While it is great that the president recognizes Americans’ overwhelming support for increased domestic oil and natural gas production, any gains made in the past few years have happened not because of the president’s policies, but in spite of them. Consider this: The area of energy production the president has the most control over is drilling on federal lands. In a study we released yesterday, this is what boosting domestic energy production looks like in the Western states: