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energy  investment  tax34  fairness 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 10, 2013

American Energy has been a positive story these past few years, thanks in large part to big innovations, and big investments made by America's oil and natural gas companies.  Thanks to America’s energy revolution, domestic oil production is higher than at any time in the last 20 years,  and net imports are at a 20-year low.  Meanwhile, natural gas production is at an all-time high, increasing our energy security and lowering emissions.  All while the industry is leading the way in job creation during what have been some rough economic times.

The industry is proud to be investing in America’s future, which is why we are puzzled today that the new budget from the White House, again, calls for increased energy taxes that could set back some of the progress we have made.

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keystone-xl-pipeline  energy  job-creation  environmental-review 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 9, 2013

We’re working on a new ad in support of the Keystone XL pipeline.

The ad reinforces the main reasons the full Keystone XL project should get the green light from the president:

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epa34  fracking  hydraulic-fracturing  energy 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted April 3, 2013

BBC NewsNeighboring U.S. Towns Worlds Apart on Natural Gas Fracking

BBC’s Laura Trevelyan reports on the divide between New York State and Pennsylvania in the hydraulic fracturing debate. Must watch at 2:19: a fourth generation New York landowner talks about the benefits of fracking – and the consequences of not lifting the moratorium.

Free EnterpriseAbundant U.S. Energy Attracts Foreign Companies

Abundant U.S. energy, courtesy of hydraulic fracturing tapping shale oil and natural gas deposits, is attracting manufacturers from Europe and South America, Sean Hackbarth reports. This will translate into jobs and a “much more competitive U.S.”

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energy  keystone-xl-pipeline 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 1, 2013

The president gave a good speech on infrastructure late last week in Miami:

“There are few more important things we can do to create jobs right now and strengthen our economy over the long haul than rebuilding the infrastructure that powers our businesses and our economy. … As President, my top priority is to make sure we are doing everything we can to reignite the true engine of our economic growth – and that is a rising, thriving middle class.  A growing economy that creates good, middle-class jobs – that’s got to be our true North.  That's what has to guide our efforts every single day.”

And:

“When it comes to good jobs, no workers were hammered harder by the recession than construction workers.  Fortunately, the unemployment rate for construction has been cut nearly in half over the past three years, partly because the housing market is starting to bounce back.  But construction still has the highest unemployment rate of any industry. [Good construction jobs] end up giving people good pay and good opportunities to raise their families. Projects like this create a lot of other good jobs, too.”

We agree that job creation and the economic growth that comes with it should be our true North. The Keystone XL pipeline is that true North.

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energy  hydraulic-fracturing  natural-gas 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted March 25, 2013

NBC News – Energy Boom Begins to Ripple Through U.S. Economy

In the second part of an NBC News-CNBC special report, John Schoen reports on the economic benefits being felt in manufacturing industries – steel, chemical and plastics – thanks to increased energy development spurred by hydraulic fracturing.

Houston Chronicle – Oil and Gas Industry Shows Demand for Skilled Labor

Regions with shale plays have led the country in job growth  the past few years. The Eagle Ford play created almost 100,000 jobs last year alone. As the energy surge continues in shale development regions, jobs for skilled laborers like welders, pipefitters and other service workers are the most in-demand. The Houston Chronicle highlights how local communities are expanding programs at community colleges to train students for a future in the industry.

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energy  hydraulic-fracturing  lng-exports  natural-gas 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted March 21, 2013

U.S. News and World Report – U.S. Oil Production Set to Surpass Imports for First Time in 20 Years

Thanks in large part to surging production from shale via hydraulic fracturing, America’s domestic energy production  is projected by the government to reach another milestone: outpacing imports for the first time since 1995. EIA projects oil production will be 2 million barrels a day higher than imports by the end of next year.

Platts – U.S. Energy Industry Must Oppose Efforts to Restrict LNG Exports

"Proposals to block LNG investments ... represent a selective and harmful departure from the free market and free trade principles,” ExxonMobil Chemical President Stephen Pryor said at an IHS petrochemical conference this week. Platts has more on natural gas development and exports.

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energy  environmental-review  keystone-xl-pipeline  oil-sands 

John Felmy
Posted March 18, 2013

Last Thursday approval of the Keystone XL pipeline came up during the House Minority Leader Weekly Briefing.  Here is what Rep. Pelosi had to say, via CSPAN transcript

THEY WERE INTERVIEWING SOMEBODY FROM THE AMERICAN PETROLEUM INSTITUTE. AND HE SAID, OH, THIS IS GOING TO BE GREAT. TENS OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS. THAT'S NOT TRUE. ENERGY IN OUR COUNTRY, YOU KNOW THIS IS ALL FOR EXPORT. SO WHATEVER YOU THINK ABOUT IT, I KNOW I WANT TO SEE WHAT THE REPORT IS FROM THE STATE DEPARTMENT ON IT AND SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT IT, BUT -- THE OIL IS FOR EXPORT. THERE AREN'T THAT MANY JOBS CONNECTED WITH IT. 

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energy  keystone-xl-pipeline  oil-sands 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 7, 2013

Joe Oliver, Canada’s minister for natural resources, making the case for approval and construction of the full Keystone XL pipeline – on economic and environmental grounds – at IHS CERAWeek:

“By any objective measure the most responsible source (for imported oil) is Canada. … There’s enough oil in the oil sands to meet the U.S. need for imported oil for at least the next 100 years. This could mean, with additional U.S. oil, independence for North America by 2030. What a great thing energy independence would be for both our countries.”

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energy  government  natural-gas  regulations 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 7, 2013

America is rich in the oil and natural gas that run our economy and make modern living possible. Industry ingenuity and innovation launched the shale revolution and rewrote the U.S. energy narrative – turning one of scarcity and limited opportunity into one of abundance. Needed are leadership and policies to develop the resources we have, generating transformative job creation and economic growth in the process.

ConocoPhillips Chairman and CEO Ryan Lance talked about these points in a speech at the IHS CERAWeek conference in Houston, focusing on the relationship between the oil and natural gas industry and government – probably the most pivotal relationship in terms of U.S. energy development.

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energy  innovation  natural-gas 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 7, 2013

More snapshots of energy innovators from IHS CERAWeek:

Hyperspectral ImagingRebellion Photonics

offers refiners 24/7 gas cloud monitoring through video produced by hyperspectral imaging cameras. CEO Allison Lami Sawyer says the technology, which detects hydrocarbons at 100 parts per million, is superior to traditional sensors that are prone to repeated alarms and need frequent recalibration. Sawyer says Rebellion’s service will reduce refinery downtime. “It’s the power of an image,” she says.

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