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EPA vs. EPA – Keystone XL Round

epa  keystone xl pipeline  politics  science  oil markets  renewable fuel standard 

Bob Greco

Bob Greco
Posted February 5, 2015

Two of the Environmental Protection Agency’s seven statements of purpose reference “best available scientific information” and “accurate information.”  These also happen to be two things that many in Washington, D.C., feel that EPA is setting aside in the pursuit of political goals.  Yesterday the agency released comments on the Keystone XL pipeline that gave plenty of credence to its critics.

It is somewhat of a shame, because EPA’s comments did make many good points.  It acknowledged the comprehensiveness of the State Departments review of the project, the usefulness of mitigation measures the project will take to reduce environmental impact and the reduction of risks associated with spills and leaks from the pipeline.  And then we begin to drift from accurate information into political calculation. 

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No Time for Playing Politics with RFS

renewable fuel standard  ethanol blends  epa politics  consumers  e10 blend wall  e15  e85 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 11, 2014

Mixing politics and energy makes for bad energy policy. Exhibit A: the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

We’ve posted a couple of times (here and here) on EPA’s failure to be on time with its annual requirements for ethanol use, which is critical for refiners to comply with the law. If you missed it, the 2014 requirements were due Nov. 30, 2013, nine months ago. That’s a broken program. Now politics may enter in where it shouldn’t.

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America’s Energy Revolution: Positive, Not Partisan

policy  politics  fracking  pennsylvania  ohio  texas 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted August 26, 2014

Times Online (Pennsylvania): Matt Curry moved to Texas for work but kept his treasured Steelers season tickets in the hope he might return someday to western Pennsylvania.

After graduating from Penn State with a degree in petroleum engineering, Curry didn't have much of a choice but to leave. He got a job that required him to travel and "bounced around the United States for a few years," the 43-year-old said recently.

"I eventually settled in Dallas, working for multiple oil and gas companies during my time there," he said. "Around 2008, I began hearing more and more about Marcellus and Range Resources, and I saw the opportunity to move home."

Curry is director of business development at Range Resources in Cecil Township, Washington County. He and his wife, Heather, have three children, ranging in age from 4 months to 5 years old -- "all born in Pittsburgh," said Curry, who is from Lower Burrell, Westmoreland County.

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Needed: ‘Political Wisdom’ to Manage America’s Energy Wealth

natural gas  energy politics  energy economy  domestic energy  access 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 16, 2013

America’s oil and natural gas industry is bullish on America, having delivered a direct stimulus to the U.S. economy in 2011 worth more than $545 billion in capital spending, wages and dividends, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. That’s $1.5 billion a day in economic lift from developing oil and natural gas. And industry is ready to do more.

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