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What Energy Progress Looks Like

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 26, 2012

Interesting piece by the Washington Post’s Robert Samuelson, analyzing America’s energy future in light of new government figures showing increased domestic oil and natural gas production:

“Despite big gains in energy efficiency and increases in ‘renewables’ (wind, solar, biofuels), fossil fuels will remain the mainstay of America’s energy system for years. In 2010, fossil fuel represented 83 percent of U.S. energy consumption, with oil at 37 percent, natural gas at 25 percent and coal at 21 percent. Although total energy use grows only 10 percent between 2010 and 2035, the fossil-fuel share stays high at 77 percent in 2035. Oil is 32 percent, natural gas 25 percent and coal 20 percent.”

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Energy and the State of the Union

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 25, 2012

There were lots of energy mentions in the president’s State of the Union speech, and we appreciate every one of them because they likely will stimulate increased discussion of energy issues in our country. In that way we join the president in trying to make more Americans aware of the country’s stake in energy  – in terms of jobs, economic growth and security.

We agree with a number of things the president said. Indeed, the men and women of America’s oil and natural gas companies already have been working in many of the areas mentioned by the president. And they’re willing to do more.

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Politics, Energy, and the President

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Kyle Isakower

Kyle Isakower
Posted January 19, 2012

As befitting a day when, for the president, political interest trumped the national interest, he opened his 2012 campaign advertising with a commercial touting – wait for it – his energy accomplishments. And they say irony is dead. The commercial links to a webpage trumpeting the president “Boosting Domestic Energy Production.”

While it is great that the president recognizes Americans’ overwhelming support for increased domestic oil and natural gas production, any gains made in the past few years have happened not because of the president’s policies, but in spite of them. Consider this: The area of energy production the president has the most control over is drilling on federal lands.  In a study we released yesterday, this is what boosting domestic energy production looks like in the Western states:

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An Illogical Decision, Not An Arbitrary Deadline

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 19, 2012

In announcing his rejection of the Keystone XL permit, President Obama said:

"This announcement is not a judgment on the merits of the pipeline, but the arbitrary nature of a deadline that prevented the State Department from gathering the information necessary to approve the project and protect the American people. I'm disappointed that Republicans in Congress forced this decision, but it does not change my Administration’s commitment to American-made energy that creates jobs and reduces our dependence on oil."

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‘Mr. President, What Are You Thinking?’

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 18, 2012

As the above relates to President Obama’s decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline, the answer is clear: politics.

Even though the only question the president had to answer was whether the 1,700-mile project is in the national interest, he settled on a different calculus – re-election politics.

Jobs and energy security…or politics? He chose politics, while continuing to offer, as he did yesterday, that he’s for “American-made energy that creates jobs."

Yet, in his rejection of the Keystone XL the president is rejecting jobs – 20,000 of them in the pipeline’s construction phase and up to a half-million more over time, as the Keystone XL would play a major part in full utilization of Canada’s oil sands.

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Rejecting the National Interest

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 18, 2012

I just read the best argument for the Keystone XL pipeline this morning:

“… the addition of crude oil pipeline capacity between Canada and the United States will advance a number of strategic interests of the United States. These included increasing the diversity of available supplies among the United States’ worldwide crude oil sources in a time of considerable political tension in other major oil producing countries and regions; shortening the transportation pathway for crude oil supplies; and increasing crude oil supplies from a major non-Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries producer.

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