Posted June 20, 2013
One hundred forty-five of the president’s 2012 campaign staffers have written a letter to their former boss urging him to reject the Keystone XL pipeline:
“We trust you to make the right decision after you weigh all arguments, but one thing you taught us as organizers is that nothing can stand in the way of millions of voices calling for change. … You can help cement your legacy as a climate champion by rejecting this pipeline. You already know all the reasons we can’t afford this pipeline – that it will lock in gigatons of carbon pollution over the next four decades and that it could spill into our nation’s most valuable water sources – we’re just asking you to think of us as you make up your mind.”
Posted June 20, 2013
Fuel Fix Blog – IEA: U.S. Natural Gas Output to Accelerate Next Year
A new estimate from the International Energy Agency says that 2014-2018 domestic natural gas production will increase thanks to expanded hydraulic fracturing. U.S. shale production increased six-fold to 265 billion cubic meters last year from 45 billion in 2007.
CNBC’s top states for business ranking reflects a reordering because of a U.S. energy surge that “has literally transformed the financial landscape of the central corridor; creating jobs and rising incomes." According to CNBC, this points to the importance of policies that encourage more energy development. "The reality is, California could reap the same shale-oil and shale-gas bounties now benefiting North Dakota. Politicians simply choose not to."
Posted June 19, 2013
Free Enterprise – Energizing Manufacturing
Current North American energy abundance is the result of innovation and private-sector investment, writes FE. “Government policies that restrict development or prevent the market from working effectively may reduce the benefits this energy competitive advantage offers to Americans and to our manufacturing industries.”
Project Syndicate – Frack to the Future
Harvard professor and former Clinton administration economic advisor Jeffrey Frankel argues the environmental benefits of increased natural gas use, noting that “one can virtually prove that shale gas is the major factor behind the fall in US emissions.”
Posted June 18, 2013
Chicago Tribune – Illinois Governor Signs Bill to Regulate Fracking
Illinois is one step closer to hydraulic fracturing after bipartisan legislation regulating the process was signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn. Lawmakers say they hope the new regulations will encourage the oil and natural gas industry to invest in Illinois, helping to create jobs.
Fuel Fix Blog – Colleges Plan Training for Gas Drilling Jobs
Two colleges in southern Illinois are getting a jumpstart on possible oil and natural gas development in the state. Southeastern Illinois College and Rend Lake College are planning to provide training programs focused on safety and other areas related to energy development.
Posted June 7, 2013
Propelled by a massive energy surge, North Dakota’s economy grew 13.4 percent in 2012, according to Bureau of Economic Analysis figures – nearly three times as fast as Texas, the No. 2 state. The oil and natural gas industry is a big economic driver, as well as manufacturing industries.
National Review Online – No More Energy Protectionism
In a guest post, the Heritage Foundation’s Nicolas Loris writes that, “In a free economy, goods and services go to their highest valued use. Natural gas is no different, and it should be treated the same as any other good the U.S. trades around the world.”
Posted May 2, 2013
The Atlantic – How Oil Made Working-Class North Dakota a Whole Lot Richer
In North Dakota’s Bakken Shale formation, Americans have been able to find high-paying work in the oil and natural gas industry as the state’s employment number grew by more than 35 percent from 2007 to 2011. But another part of this American success story is that jobs and paychecks have surged across industries – including technical services, transport, construction and food services.
Reuters Canada – TransCanada to Build $900 Million Alberta Oil Pipeline, Terminal
Keystone XL opponents claim that stopping the pipeline will keep Canada’s oil sands in the ground. However, as the U.S. waits for President Obama to decide on the Keystone XL Canada is moving forward with plans to move its growing crude oil supplies – and ship them elsewhere.
Posted April 26, 2013
CNN Money – America’s Air is Getting Cleaner and Less Costly
Increased natural gas production in the U.S. will be a huge driver in improving air quality, writes CNN Money in a report about improving air quality in the U.S. Also notable: In 2012, for the first time ever, natural gas generated as much electricity as coal, and with energy production surging, this trend is likely to continue.
Owners Carter Stewart and Ken Schlenker say they named Derby entrant “Frac Daddy” as a nod to their energy industry occupations – and hydraulic fracturing. “[We] consider this horse a tribute to the oilfield workers of America,” Stewart says.
Posted April 23, 2013
The Hill’s E2 Wire – Interior Chief Jewell on Fracking Rules: ‘One Size Doesn’t Fit All’
New Interior Secretary Sally Jewell hosted her first a public video chat this week. Jewell, a former oil and natural gas industry engineer, talked about her personal experiences with hydraulic fracturing, saying, “fracking as a technique has been around for decades. … I have performed the procedure myself very safely.”
Bloomberg reports that the nine geographic fields that make up the majority of Eagle Ford shale play in Texas yielded 471,258 barrels of crude a day in February, a 74 percent increase from last year.
Posted April 23, 2013
The EPA was out yesterday with a letter urging yet even more delay for the Keystone XL pipeline – a project that already has been thoroughly reviewed by the State Department over more than four and a half years. In that context, EPA’s simply trying to heap delay on top of delay. Let's have a look at the first of EPA’s objections to State’s latest review:
The DSEIS reports that lifecycle GHG emissions from oil sands crude could be 81% greater than emissions from the average crude refined in the U.S. in 2005 on a well-to-tank basis, and 17% greater on a well-to-wheels basis.This difference may be even greater depending on the assumptions made.
Sounds ominous, but it’s also true that the difference could be even less, depending on the assumptions. Take the government of Alberta’s assessment:
Posted April 22, 2013
On the Keystone XL pipeline, President Obama’s decision boils down to this: Is the $7 billion project in the United States’ national interest? Economic, energy and environmental considerations figure into the answer, but ultimately the president is charged with determining whether Keystone XL will make our country stronger and safer without significantly impacting the environment and the people along its 1,179-mile route.
We say yes – for a number of good reasons.