Energy Tomorrow Blog
Posted August 16, 2013
New EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, in remarks this week in Colorado:
“Responsible development of natural gas is an important part of our work to curb climate change and support a robust clean energy market at home.”
Posted August 13, 2013
In an effort to curb carbon emissions, Canadian energy companies have started converting CO2 into products – taking carbon dioxide from processing oil sands, mixing it with wastewater and fed to algae, which then can be turned into cattle feed and other products.
Washington Times – China Will Surpass U.S. in Oil Imports
According to EIA data, China will take over the top spot from the U.S. as the world’s largest importer of crude oil by October, the newspaper reports. This shift in the global oil market – the first time the U.S. will not be the top importer or oil since the 1970s – “could transform geopolitics” as the U.S. shale surge continues.
Posted August 9, 2013
IHS CERA’s new environmental assessment of the Keystone XL pipeline and pipeline-related oil sands development sends a pretty clear message to President Obama as he decides whether to approve the full project’s construction: There’s not a climate rationale for rejecting the pipeline – and along with it, tens of thousands of U.S. jobs, economic uplift and greater energy security.
While the IHS report no doubt will have little effect on pipeline opponents – less than 15 percent of Americans in this recent survey – it should get the attention of the president, who has said the Keystone XL should be built only if it would serve the national interest and not “significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution.”
Posted August 9, 2013
The new study by IHS CERA backs an earlier U.S. State Department analysis that the pipeline and pipeline-related oil sands development wouldn’t significantly affect U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
Posted July 26, 2013
Richmond Times-Dispatch – White House Would Tax Away Virginia’s Energy Future
Policy that enables the oil and natural gas industry to produce more would have a far greater impact on state and federal coffers than would any partisan policy that hinders the industry with higher taxes, notes Jack Refuse in a guest opinion piece.
Posted June 13, 2013
Wall Street Journal – U.S. Oil Notches Record Growth
In the latest sign that the shale revolution is remaking world energy markets, the WSJ cites BP’s 2012 Statistical Review showing crude production in the U.S. jumped 14 percent last year to 8.9 million barrels a day. (subscription publication).
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Pennsylvania to See $202.47 Million in Per-Well Fracking Impact Fees
A new Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission report notes that more than $200 million from hydraulic fracturing impact fees will be distributed to local governments across the state. Bradford County in the state's northeast will collect the most at $7.3 million while Washington is second at $4.7 million. Lycoming and Tioga counties follow with $4.4 million each.
Posted May 28, 2013
Nearly half (46 percent) of new oil and natural gas jobs in the first quarter of 2013 were filled by women – a shift for an industry that is still 80 percent male.
Breaking Energy – Everything’s Better with Bakken
Thanks to increased production out of the Bakken shale region, East Coast refineries are making a comeback. BE notes that Phillips 66’s Bayway plant in New Jersey is making gains in refining while also housing a merchant co-generation GE power plant and a DuPont chemical manufacturing operation.
Posted May 8, 2013
The Advocate – Our Views: Riches Await in the Gulf
The Baton Rouge, La., paper touts the energy potential in the Gulf of Mexico after Interior Secretary Sally Jewell’s recent visit to an offshore rig there. The editorial backs Jewell’s statement that “maintaining the public’s trust in the safety and environmental performance of oil and gas production is critically important as we continue to tap into the Gulf’s abundant resource potential.”
TribLIVE – How’s the Economy? Looking Up
Washington County, Pa., leads the greater Pittsburgh region in terms of economic development projects, energy production and job creation – thanks to natural gas development and hydraulic fracturing.
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 19, 2013
Although some say exporting U.S. natural gas would increase domestic prices, a Deloitte analysis says “the impact domestically is small in terms of upward price movement, and the impact (of exports) on the economy is very large… So exporting should be a good idea.”
Wall Street Journal – Rise in U.S. Gas production fuels Unexpected Plunge in Emissions
Last year, the paper reports, 30 percent of power in the U.S. came from natural gas, up from 19 percent in 2005, driven by hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling that have unlocked large and inexpensive new supplies of the fuel. This increase in natural gas production has helped drop U.S. CO2 emissions to their lowest level since 1994.