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Biden’s Pledge to Pennsylvania Energy Workers Not All It’s Cracked Up to Be

pennsylvania  federal lands  president  politics  fracking 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 3, 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden hit the campaign trail this week in southwestern Pennsylvania, home to the energy-rich Marcellus Shale – a good backdrop for discussing how Biden’s energy and jobs policies could affect Pennsylvania and other big production states, including New Mexico and Colorado, as well as Gulf Coast states.

Start with Biden’s remarks from Pittsburgh that, if elected, he will not ban fracking – clearly, to calm voters in shale country, where hydraulic fracturing has revitalized state and local economies, and necessitated by what he said in March and July, which sounded an awful lot like he would ban fracking.

So, case closed, right? Well, not exactly.


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Video: No Malarkey, Natural Gas and Oil Critical to U.S. Security, Growth

us energy security  economic growth  manufacturing  president 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted August 25, 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden, talking about the benefits of U.S. natural gas and oil in the years leading up to his 2020 presidential campaign:

“North American energy makes us independent.”

“We now have over a hundred years’ supply of natural gas that would enable us to meet every single need we have in America.”

“We’re positioned to own the 21st century. … North America will remain the epicenter of energy.”

… Clearly, there was a time when the former vice president was quite bullish on U.S. natural gas and oil. He recognized the strategic benefit of falling U.S. oil imports and the advantages of affordable, reliable energy to American manufacturing. … Unfortunately, things have changed.


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Fracking and Battleground Pennsylvania

fracking  pennsylvania  election  president 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted June 26, 2020

Pennsylvania promises to again be a battleground state this year, and former Vice President Joe Biden was in Lancaster this week to talk about health care and the coronavirus. At some point voters in the nation’s No. 2 energy-producing state will want to know what he thinks about natural gas and oil.

Our industry supports hundreds of thousands of jobs in Pennsylvania, furnishes tens of billions of dollars in wages and contributions to the commonwealth’s economy. Nearly $2 billion in impact fee revenue from natural gas production has gone to the state – distributed to counties and municipalities to fund public safety, water and sewer projects, environmental programs and more.

Natural gas and oil are critical to Pennsylvania and to the United States, and any policy or program that would ban or severely restrict safe fracking, impacting natural gas and oil production, could have significant energy and economic effects. It’s not just API making the policy argument for energy and against banning fracking.


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Energy, the Common Ground for Our Union

oil and natural gas  state of the union  president  congress 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 6, 2019

Tuesday night’s State of the Union message was aimed at Washington finding common ground to work for the American people. President Trump said policymakers should embrace the “boundless potential of cooperation, compromise and the common good.” It struck a chord; more than seven in 10 Americans said they liked the speech’s approach and tone.

The challenge now is to move beyond rhetorical flourishes to action. Think: energy. In the quest for the common ground to do the common good, lawmakers can start with energy.

Energy is America’s strong suit. 

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An Energy-Embracing Executive Order

oil and natural gas  president  regulation  environmental impact 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 28, 2017

A couple of important points may be drawn from President Trump’s “Energy Independence” executive order, and both stem from the new administration’s embrace of the ongoing U.S. energy renaissance. The first is that energy policy from Washington should foster continued safe oil and natural gas development and allow its responsible expansion, so that the country sees job creation, economic growth and increased security. Second, common-sense regulation and more efficient oversight support a competitive U.S. energy industry – that reasonable regulation and streamlined permitting will help create the climate for energy investment that America needs. 

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The Real Story on Reduced Emissions – Natural Gas

emission reductions  co2  natural gas  president obama  environmental impact 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 10, 2017

President Obama has a piece in Science magazine, that notes the “decoupling” of U.S. economic growth and energy-associated carbon emissions in recent years and largely attributes this new trend of growth and falling emissions to increased use of cleaner-burning domestic natural gas. … On this the president is singing our song (see here and here) – and he’s certainly welcome to do so.

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New U.S. Energy Course Starts Offshore

offshore energy  arctic  oil and natural gas  us energy security  president obama  spill 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted December 21, 2016

We need to change our course on energy – in offshore policy and other areas – to benefit American consumers, U.S. businesses, our economy and the country’s energy security. Given the fact it takes years to realize the benefits of offshore energy development, the administration’s decision to shelve much of America’s offshore potential is devastatingly shortsighted, bordering on the irresponsible, in the face of projected increasing global demand for oil and natural gas. 

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American Energy – Pretty Great

oil and natural gas  us energy security  emission reductions  climate  environmental impact  president obama 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 11, 2016

Our ears perked up near the end of  when coal utility employee and instant celebrity Ken Bone asked Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump how their respective energy policies would meet the country’s energy needs while also protecting the environment and minimizing negative impacts on key job sectors. While political conversations generate their fair share of fact-checking, let’s do a little fact-setting.

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Progress, The President and Natural Gas

president obama  natural gas  climate  emission reductions 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 4, 2016

Interesting remarks from President Obama during the “South By South Lawn” event at the White House this week – with the president basically saying that the abundance and affordability of domestic natural gas is key to America’s energy present and future, even as he gave a nod to natural gas’ ongoing role in reducing U.S. carbon emissions. 

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Pennsylvania’s Energy Story is Worth Sharing

pennsylvania  natural gas  fracking  us energy security  president obama  vote4energy 

Stephanie Catarino Wissman

Stephanie Catarino Wissman
Posted July 28, 2016

In Pennsylvania, the energy revolution has been very, very good to the commonwealth. Marketed natural gas production, which exceeded 4.5 trillion cubic feet in 2015, more than double output from just three years earlier:

Over the past half-decade, fees paid by industry to the commonwealth have totaled more than a billion dollars. Much of the money stays at the local level and is distributed to the counties and municipalities with the most shale wells. The top beneficiaries for 2015 included Washington County ($5.68 million), Susquehanna County ($5.25 million) and Bradford County ($4.92 million). Even in a down year for the industry, revenue to the commonwealth totaled $187.7 million.

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