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Natural Gas Market Growth and Keeping a Level Playing Field

natural gas  electric-grid  coal  nuclear  consumers 

Dean Foreman

Dean Foreman
Posted August 23, 2018

Domestic natural gas abundance – safely developed with modern hydraulic fracturing and high-tech horizontal drilling – has benefitted consumers and the economy while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and helping make our air cleaner.

Sustaining and growing those benefits largely depends on market growth for natural gas – to add production that production must have new and/or growing markets to supply. Policy can affect the potential for that market growth. The U.S. Energy Department’s (DOE) continued push to bail out failing coal and nuclear plants is a prime example.


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The Cost to Bail Out Coal, Nuclear (Hint: It’s A Lot)

coal  nuclear  consumers  natural gas 

Jessica  Lutz

Jessica Lutz
Posted July 19, 2018

As it turns out, you can put a dollar figure on the cost to prop up failing coal and nuclear plants, and that figure could reach $35 billion a year — cost that could largely impact American consumers and/or taxpayers, for no discernible improvement to the nation's electric grid.

The Trump administration has used grid reliability, “resilience” and, more recently, national security as reasons for the government to bail out coal and nuclear plants – claims we’ve rebutted.  Now we can add ‘exorbitant potential cost to the American people’ to the list of reasons why propping up coal and nuclear is a bad idea.

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Another Flawed Argument for Nuclear, Coal Bailouts

electric-grid  coal  nuclear  natural gas 

Jessica  Lutz

Jessica Lutz
Posted June 25, 2018

The notion that failing coal and nuclear plants need to be propped up by Washington continues to be advanced by some in the administration and, of course, members of the industries that would benefit from bailouts – usually by attacking natural gas and its infrastructure. In recent months we’ve rebutted their claims that the nation’s electricity grid is at risk and that natural gas has reliability issues as a fuel for power generation, especially during extremely cold weather. We’ve also pushed back on their assertion that there’s a heightened risk of cyber attack for natural gas infrastructure.

Next up: A flawed report about an impending wave of nuclear plant retirements, apparently to stoke anxiety and build support for the cause.

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Shale Gas Emissions Study: Garbage In, Garbage Out

coal  fracking  greenhouse gas emissions  hydraulic fracturing  hydrofracking  methane  rhetoric vs reality  carbon dioxide emissions  carbon emissions  co2  eid  energy in depth  methane emissions  natural gas pipelines 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted April 13, 2011

Calling it "an annual rite of spring," Energy In Depth (EID) debunks the latest Cornell "study" on emissions from shale gas development. Although the study got the attention of The New York Times and other major publications, EID points out on its blog that this isn't the first time that Cornell University Professor Robert Howarth has issued studies or abstracts alleging that shale gas production, especially the process of hydraulic fracturing, emits more methane than previously thought. His goal: casting a pall on the environmental benefits of using clean-burning natural gas. 

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Energy Choices

alternatives  coal  domestic energy  energy policy  natural gas  renewable  nuclear 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted March 21, 2011

At API, we've been saying for many years that the United States needs a broad portfolio of energy, including oil, natural gas, nuclear, coal, and a wide variety of alternatives such as solar and wind. Some are best used to generate electricity with the existing infrastructure, while oil is necessary to provide liquid fuels for transportation. 

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Fossil Fuels or Alternatives?

alternative energy  biofuels  coal  domestic energy  fossil fuels  fossil fuels  offshore energy  oil prices  solar  wind 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted December 20, 2010

For the past couple of years, U.S. policymakers have been debating two different ways of addressing this country's energy needs. Some politicians believe the United States should embrace the development of alternative energy resources, including wind, solar and biofuels. Others say America should focus on domestic fossil fuels because alternative energy sources are not as affordable or efficient as coal, oil and natural gas. 

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Energy Tomorrow Radio: Episode 83 - Current Energy Legislation

coal  energy  energy policy  gasoline prices  podcast  prices 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted June 9, 2009

In this week's episode, I talk with Kevin Book, a principal at ClearView Energy Partners, LLC, about energy legislation being considered in Congress. We also briefly discuss energy security issues and the recent rise in oil and gasoline prices.

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