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power-past-impossible  oil and natural gas  everything 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 15, 2017

Since its launch in February, API’s Power Past Impossible communications campaign has highlighted the many ways natural gas and oil play important roles in our every-day lives. Sure, they fuel our vehicles – everyone knows that. But they’re also involved in things that aren’t so apparent, ranging from space exploration to fashion and art. A new motion picture, "Lowriders," illustrates.

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Let Markets Work for Consumers in Ohio

consumers  ohio  natural gas  electricity  nuclear 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 10, 2017

Ohio lawmakers are discussing a proposal to establish zero-emission credits for nuclear plants, giving them an advantage against other energy sources. Instead of government picking winners and losers, the marketplace should determine an energy source’s viability – based on affordability, efficiency and other factors – letting the market work for consumers.

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Improving Air Quality and the Unnecessary BLM Rule

emission reductions  methane  natural gas 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 9, 2017

We’ve made the strong economic case for repealing the Bureau of Land Management’s so-called “venting and flaring” rule. Yet, just as important is the reality that since its inception, BLM’s rule has been an environmental solution in search of an environmental problem. Here’s what we mean: Methane emissions associated with the natural gas industry fell by 16.3 percent from 1990 to 2015, according to EPA – even as natural gas production increased 55 percent. This is the result of industry innovating new technologies to capture more and more methane, the main component in natural gas. Progress is occurring under existing regulation by the states and EPA, which have jurisdiction over air quality under the Clean Air Act.

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Task Force Looks to Increase Access to Natural Gas

consumers  natural gas access  pipelines  infrastructure 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 9, 2017

Access and infrastructure expansion – both key to extending the benefits of America’s energy renaissance to more Americans – are getting helpful attention from state utilities regulators. The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) last month set up a task force to develop best practices and recommendations on natural gas service for underserved and unserved parts of the country – which includes the need for pipelines and other supporting infrastructure. 

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The Economic Case For Energy Infrastructure

infrastructure  pipelines  refineries  oil and natural gas  economic growth  jobs 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 3, 2017

Before the resurgence in domestic oil and gas production, our national future was markedly constrained, because our energy future was constrained. Thanks largely to modern hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, there is opportunity for economic growth, increased security and significant progress on climate and air quality. Many of these points are underscored in a new ICF study on how much oil and natural gas infrastructure is possible in the U.S. through 2035

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Ordering Up Increased Offshore Access

offshore energy  oil and natural gas  arctic  gulf of mexico  atlantic ocs  us energy security  access 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 28, 2017

America’s future energy security – which figures so prominently in the nation’s overall security – is the big winner in President Trump’s newest executive order that aims to increase access to U.S. offshore oil and natural gas reserves. While new energy development in the Arctic, Atlantic and other areas would be down the road, Washington clearly is signaling its new embrace of America’s offshore potential. For the world’s leading producer of oil and natural gas, that’s a big step forward. 

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Golden Pass Approval Advances U.S. LNG Exports

natural gas  lng exports  trade  climate  us energy security 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 26, 2017

The Trump Administration issued its first LNG export approval, with the Energy Department authorizing the Golden Pass project in Texas to export up to 2.21 billion cubic feet per day to non-Free Trade Agreement countries. It’s a big step forward for the joint venture between ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips and Qatar Petroleum, which filed its original application with DOE in August 2012 and expects the project to support 45,000 jobs over five years and 3,800 permanent jobs over the next 25 years of operation.

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100 Days: Industry is Committed to Environmental Protection

100-days  air pollutants  carbon capture  environmental impact  methane emissions  natural gas  ozone 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 24, 2017

Our industry’s commitment to protecting the environment shows in recent EPA air quality data and other benchmarks. First, look at the downward trajectories in air emissions.

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Winning – At Energy

100-days  oil and natural gas  consumers  access  regulation  energy investments 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 18, 2017

Recent developments represent a significant shift of Washington’s approach to the new reality brought by America’s energy renaissance. All signal a new embrace of safe and responsible domestic oil and natural gas development. All inherently acknowledge that growing U.S. oil and gas production can continue benefiting American consumers, businesses and manufacturers with affordable, reliable energy that supports economic growth and strengthens U.S. security – while playing the major role in U.S. carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generation fall to their lowest levels in nearly 30 years.

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States’ Lawmakers Should Reject Nuclear Subsidy Proposals

consumers  natural gas  nuclear  connecticut  ohio 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 11, 2017

A couple of months ago we had this post on Connecticut legislation that would subsidize nuclear power generation by guaranteeing markets for a state nuclear plant. We called it a bad idea and argued that the marketplace and consumers should determine an energy source’s viability based on affordability, efficiency and other factors, not government favoring one source over others. That argument still applies in Connecticut, where the subsidy bill remains before the legislature, and also Ohio, which is considering a nuclear subsidy of its own.

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