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Energy Markets Should Be Allowed to Work for Consumers

consumers  natural gas  nuclear  connecticut 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 10, 2017

A pillar of a sound energy policy, nationally and in the states, is letting markets work. Let the marketplace and consumers determine an energy source’s viability – based on affordability, efficiency, usefulness and other market factors. Unfortunately, Connecticut is considering legislation that would go the other direction, providing market-distorting government subsidies for nuclear power generation that could negatively impact consumers.

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Fill FERC Vacancies to Avoid Energy Infrastructure Delays

infrastructure  pipelines  consumers  oil and natural gas 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 9, 2017

The president supports infrastructure construction, signing an executive order on Jan. 24 that calls for expediting pipeline permitting. By moving as quickly as possible to restore a quorum at FERC, the president will help ensure that projects receive the federal review and approvals they need to go forward.

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The Right Stuff for Space Exploration – And More

power-past-impossible  everything  oil  natural gas 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 8, 2017

API’s first-ever Super Bowl ad, announcing the launch of our new “Power Past Impossible” communications campaign, had a few folks online questioning the ad’s connection between oil and space exploration – questions we’ll show are off-base later in this post.

Confusion by some about oil and space flight actually points to the main thrust of the ad and the campaign: Natural gas and oil are much, much more than just fuels. Oil and gas are all around us – in paint, makeup, the components in bionic parts, life-saving medical technology, clean fuels, space suits and … rockets. When you start thinking about it, the list is virtually endless.

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Oil and Natural Gas – Powering Past Impossible

everything  oil and natural gas  american petroleum institute 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 6, 2017

The Super Bowl ad and the national communications campaign it launches are a big deal for API and the more than 600 companies that belong to our trade association. The campaign (see the website, here) will underscore how natural gas and oil are a vital part of the everyday lives of American consumers … how they make the impossible achievable. It also will convey our industry’s self-view: relevant, empowering and futuristic

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America’s 21st Century Energy Story

oil and natural gas  economic growth  us energy security 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 4, 2017

America’s energy renaissance is the story of domestic natural gas and oil production that’s making the country stronger economically and more secure while benefiting consumers and improving the environment. A pretty good tale, indeed.

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Out of the West: Opposition to Venting and Flaring Rule

regulation  blm  methane  natural gas 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 3, 2017

Last week we encouraged Congress to use the Congressional Review Act to repeal the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) technically flawed and redundant venting and flaring rule. It appears lawmakers are poised to do just that – concerned that the rule could discourage future energy investment on Indian and federal lands, where production trails output on state and private land, and that it risks negatively impacting supplies of affordable energy to American consumers and businesses. Good reasons all to axe BLM’s rule. Likewise, repeal would be responsive to the specific concerns of voices in the West, where vast acreages are under federal control.

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Energy Opportunities Abound for Trump Administration

100-days  natural gas  infrastructure  energy policies  trump 

Jack Gerard

Jack Gerard
Posted January 26, 2017

The first 100 days of a new presidential administration present an opportunity to establish priorities that will guide government policy for the next four years. Maintaining and strengthening the U.S. advantage as the world’s leading producer and refiner of oil and natural gas should be a top focus – not only for our energy security but for the economic, national security and environmental benefits oil and natural gas reliably provide.

The American people have a firm understanding of the importance of oil and natural gas. Recent survey results reveal that more than 80 percent of voters agree that U.S. oil and natural gas production can help achieve each of their most important priorities: job creation, economic growth, lower energy costs and energy security.

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Repeal BLM's Flawed Venting and Flaring Rule

policy  natural gas 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 19, 2017

Late this month or in early February, let’s hope Congress uses the Congressional Review Act to fast-track the repeal of a number of the Obama administration’s late regulatory thrusts that could needlessly hinder domestic energy development.

A top priority for CRA repeal should be the so-called venting and flaring rule developed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that went into effect this week. BLM’s rule is technically flawed and redundant, and it could impede the technological innovations that have led to increased domestic use of cleaner-burning natural gas – the main reason U.S. energy-related carbon emissions have fallen to levels not seen since the early 1990s.

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Natural Gas Keeps Delivering for U.S. Consumers

consumers  natural gas  energy costs  emission reductions 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 17, 2017

These reports are significant in a couple of ways. Lower natural gas prices obviously benefit consumers, and they also benefit when costs are lower for the leading fuel for electricity generation. In addition, our air is cleaner because cleaner-burning natural gas has reduced carbon emissions from the power sector to 25-year lows. Future U.S. energy policy should recognize these natural gas benefits and others – including lower costs for manufacturers and export opportunities – by fostering more domestic natural gas production.

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Embrace and Harness the U.S. Energy Renaissance

oil and natural gas  economic growth  access  regulation  epa  renewable fuel standard 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 13, 2017

As the Trump administration comes into office and the new Congress begins work, a sea-change is needed in the way Washington approaches American oil and natural gas abundance. It’s critically important for consumers, the U.S. economy and our country’s security. We need policies that embrace and harness America’s energy renaissance instead of trying to restrain it. We need an approach to regulation that manages safe and responsible energy development instead of smothering it in short-sighted, often unnecessary restrictions and red tape. 

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