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Shale Gas Emissions Study: Garbage In, Garbage Out

coal  fracking  greenhouse gas emissions  hydraulic fracturing  hydrofracking  methane  rhetoric vs reality  carbon dioxide emissions  carbon emissions  co2  eid  energy in depth  methane emissions  natural gas pipelines 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted April 13, 2011

Calling it "an annual rite of spring," Energy In Depth (EID) debunks the latest Cornell "study" on emissions from shale gas development. Although the study got the attention of The New York Times and other major publications, EID points out on its blog that this isn't the first time that Cornell University Professor Robert Howarth has issued studies or abstracts alleging that shale gas production, especially the process of hydraulic fracturing, emits more methane than previously thought. His goal: casting a pall on the environmental benefits of using clean-burning natural gas. 

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The Shale Gas Revolution

carbon emissions  domestic energy  eia  energy policy  fracking  horizontal drilling  hydraulic fracturing  texas 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted April 7, 2011

There's a revolution occurring in the United States, and it is spreading throughout the world. It is the shale gas revolution, and it has the potential to alter the global energy picture for many years to come. It began a few years ago when Texas oil man George Mitchell had a hunch that he could produce natural gas from the Barnett Shale formation in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. Although some geologists were skeptical, Mitchell discovered that gas could be produced by using a combination of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing. When other energy companies learned of his success, they improved on his innovation and helped to create a new industry and thousands of jobs across the country. 

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Blogger Conference Call - EPA Overreach

clean air act  congress  efficiency  energy policy  environmental protection agency  epa  ghg  greenhouse gas  greenhouse gas emissions  over regulation  ozone 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted March 31, 2011

The U.S. Senate could vote today on measures addressing the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) regulation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from stationary sources. These measures and the EPA's regulatory proposal on ozone were the topics of discussion in a blogger conference call on Tuesday. Howard Feldman, API's director of scientific and regulatory affairs; Misty McGowen, director of federal relations; and Khary Cauthen, director of federal relations, took questions from bloggers about Congressional action to limit EPA overreach

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ETR 127 The Impact of EPA Regulations

clean air act  co2  congress  energy policy  epa  epa regulations  ghg  greenhouse gas  greenhouse gas emissions  accf  carbon dioxide 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted March 1, 2011

In today's episode, I interview the American Council for Capital Formation's Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, Margo Thorning about the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) regulations aimed at reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions. 

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House Limits Funding for EPA's GHG Regulations

congress  domestic energy  e15  energy policy  environmental protection agency  epa  ethanol  fuel blends  ghg  greenhouse gas  greenhouse gas emissions  over regulation 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted February 22, 2011

On Saturday, February 19th the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1, the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, for 2011. The Continuing Resolution (CR), which would fund the government through the end of Fiscal Year 2011, includes provisions that limit funding for several Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) actions that have been called prime examples of the agency overreaching its authority. In lopsided votes, the House voted to cut funding to implement EPA's E15 waivers, its decision block to air quality permits that are a requirement for drilling permits on Alaska's Arctic coast, and its rules to limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. 

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The Court Denies a Motion, but the Battle Rages On

energy policy  environmental protection agency  epa  ghg  ghg emissions  greenhouse gas emissions  greenhouse gases  over regulation  greenhouse gas regulations 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted December 13, 2010

A federal appeals court has rejected a motion for a partial stay of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations, clearing the way for the rules to take effect on Jan. 2.

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EPA Seeks Delay for New Ozone Rules

energy policy  environmental protection agency  epa  ghg  greenhouse gas  greenhouse gas emissions  over regulation  ozone standard  ozone regulations 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted December 8, 2010

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today asked the court for permission to delay completion of its new ozone standard in order to seek more information from the Clean Air Science Advisory Center (CASAC). The CASAC recommended a more stringent ozone standard than the current 0.075 parts per million (ppm) imposed during the Bush Administration. EPA has been considering a standard in the 0.060-0.070 ppm range.

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