Energy Tomorrow Blog
Posted February 8, 2017
API’s first-ever Super Bowl ad, announcing the launch of our new “Power Past Impossible” communications campaign, had a few folks online questioning the ad’s connection between oil and space exploration – questions we’ll show are off-base later in this post.
Confusion by some about oil and space flight actually points to the main thrust of the ad and the campaign: Natural gas and oil are much, much more than just fuels. Oil and gas are all around us – in paint, makeup, the components in bionic parts, life-saving medical technology, clean fuels, space suits and … rockets. When you start thinking about it, the list is virtually endless.
Posted December 6, 2016
With the administration now claiming that Dakota Access’ already-completed environmental review must start again from square one, a move-the-goalposts campaign is plain for all to see – and with it an assault on basic fairness that could have dire consequences for our country for years to come.
Posted October 1, 2016
Oil production in Mississippi is rising after slowly declining from the mid-1980s through 2005. Since 2006, production has climbed 43.5 percent, and the state ranks 14th in the country in oil output, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).
Posted October 6, 2015
Last month we connected he lowest pre-Labor Day gasoline prices in more than a decade with the global cost of crude oil, the main factor in prices at the pump. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) attributed crude prices, in part, with growth in global supply – due in no small part to increases in U.S. oil production. Abbreviated: Thanks, U.S. energy revolution.
Now comes EIA’s Winter Fuels Outlook, with forecasts that household heating costs will be lower than the previous two winters. Thanks again, U.S. energy.
Posted August 1, 2013
Posted July 29, 2013
Boston Herald – End Ethanol Madness
In an editorial, the Boston Herald notes recent hearings by the House Energy and Commerce Committee on the Renewable Fuel Standard. The paper argues that the “mandate should be ended.”
Dallas Business Journal – Dallas Firm Uses Solar to Power West Texas Oil Rigs
A sign of a true “all-of-the-above” energy policy, one Dallas energy firm is using a solar generator to power oil and natural gas rigs in West Texas. The system has batteries which can store up to 24 hours worth of power.
Posted July 26, 2013
Earlier we took a look at claims by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) that ethanol production was “a particularly important catalyst” and “major driver” of declines in finished motor gasoline imports (Spoiler Alert: No). Today, continuing the Sisyphean task of correcting false narratives put forth by the RFA, let’s look at the notion that ethanol is leading the way in providing energy security. RFA’s statement in a House hearing this week:
In fact, cumulative new ethanol production since 2005 has accounted for 62% of new domestically-produced liquid fuels, while cumulative new U.S. crude oil production has accounted for 38%.
Posted July 1, 2013
Energy Outlook - President's Climate Plan Hinges on Natural Gas
President Obama's plan for addressing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions depends heavily on expanded hydraulic fracturing of domestic shale gas resources, writes Geoffrey Styles.
News and Sentinel.com – Educational Program Focuses on Oil and Natural Gas Jobs
In an effort to train more workers for the surging shale industry, Ohio’s Washington State Community College hosted an informational session on opportunities for students and workers with an emphasis on filling new positions locally.
Posted June 25, 2013
Wall Street Journal - Texas' Next Big Oil Rush
Refineries in Texas are seeing a much-needed boost as pipelines begin to carry landlocked crude oil from U.S. shale plays to the Gulf Coast. This increase in domestic crude oil is due to increased hydraulic fracturing and shale development across the country. (Subscription publication)
USA Today – Report: Oil Sands No More Corrosive Than Average Crude
A new report from the National Research Council found “no evidence … that Alberta’s pipeline contents are more corrosive than average crude oil.”
Posted June 21, 2013
U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, explaining in a Washington Post op-ed why a self-identified “pro-pipeline senator” opposes the Keystone XL pipeline:
As a former mayor of Richmond, a city with a gas utility, I think it makes no sense to be anti-pipeline. But I oppose the Keystone XL project. Although the president’s decision is technically over whether to allow a pipeline to deliver oil from Alberta to the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, the real issue isn’t the pipeline. It’s the wisdom of using tar sands oil. … By most accounts, oil from tar sands is 15 to 20 percent dirtier than conventional petroleum, and the process of extracting and refining it is more difficult and resource-intensive. With so many cleaner alternatives, there is no reason to embrace the use of a dirtier fuel source. Approving the pipeline would send a clear signal to the markets to expand the development of tar sands oil. Such an expansion would hurt our nation’s work to reduce carbon emissions. We have to make energy cleaner tomorrow than it is today. That’s why the president should block Keystone. … Tar sands oil is the opposite of an innovative, make-it-cleaner approach. It represents a major backslide.
Sen. Kaine is right on a number of energy issues – supporting more offshore drilling for oil and natural gas as well as more natural gas development from hydraulic fracturing – but on the Keystone XL he’s just wrong. Let’s take a closer look.