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Issues Shaping the State of American Energy, 2014

oil and natural gas development  keystone xl pipeline  ethanol  renewable fuel standard  hydraulic fracturing  fracking  energy exports  liquefied natural gas  lng exports  soae 2014 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 6, 2014

API hosts its annual State of American Energy event on Tuesday at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., and the discussion will focus on choices our country can make to increase energy development, grow jobs and the economy and make us more secure in the world. The event will be streamed live beginning at noon. Join in the conversation on Twitter by using the #SOAE14 hashtag.

The event comes at a time when policymakers are considering important energy issues, some of them framed in recent posts by the National Journal and Politico. At the top of our list of key energy issues:

Keystone XL pipeline

Federal consideration of TransCanada’s application for a cross-border permit passed the five-year mark last fall – which means the Keystone XL could have been built twice in the time the pipeline has been held up by Washington.

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Energy Yesterday and Tomorrow

jobs  Jobs and Economy  oil and natural gas development  renewable fuel standard  e15  keystone xl pipeline  fracking 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted December 30, 2013

As 2013 nears its end, noting some of the year's most popular Energy Tomorrow Blog posts:

Jobs = Job 1

PwC’s latest detailing of the economic impacts of oil and natural gas activity ranked the highest in readership. And why not: It’s a great story. PwC found that in 2011, the last year for which complete data is available, the industry recorded these key numbers:

  • 9.8 million full- and part-time jobs supported, directly and indirectly.
  • $1.2 trillion added to the economy, accounting for 8 percent of the national total.
  • Nearly $600 billion contributed in associated labor income – including wages, salaries, benefits and proprietors’ income.

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Energy is an Economic Dynamo

economic impacts  jobs creation  drilling  oil and natural gas development  cost of energy 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted December 23, 2013

Every now and then we see items questioning the economic impact of domestic oil and natural gas development from a jobs standpoint. As we’ve pointed out, industry’s benefit to the country isn’t measured just in direct oil and natural gas employment. Its positive impact must be seen in jobs and economic activity that otherwise wouldn’t exist, as well as benefits to consumers. More supporting evidence:

Investment – A new API survey on drilling costs found that about $153.7 billion was invested in drilling in 2012, a 23.1 percent increase over 2011.

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Energy in 2014 and Beyond

energy supply and demand  access  trade  electricity  oil and natural gas development 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted December 13, 2013

There’s much to mine from ExxonMobil’s 2014 energy outlook, but here’s a quick analysis: In a world of increasing energy demand, the future looks brightest for countries that have significant energy reserves, modern industries that can find and produce from those reserves and policies that allow them to be major players in the global marketplace. For the United States that would be check, check and … check back later.

ExxonMobil’s William Colton and Kenneth Cohen highlighted the annual report that looks to global energy demand and supply out to the year 2040. Key projections and charts:

Demand – The world’s energy demand is expected to increase 35 percent over 2010 levels by 2040. Most of the demand growth will come from the developing world. ExxonMobil projects flat demand growth in developed nations despite expanding economies due to technology and energy-use efficiencies.

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Looking to the Atlantic For Energy, Jobs

atlantic ocs  outer continental shelf  offshore drilling  offshore leasing plan  oil and natural gas development  jobs  government revenues 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted December 13, 2013

Last week we posted on a new study showing tremendous economic and energy benefits to opening the U.S. Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) to offshore oil and natural gas development. The folks at the National Ocean Industries Association have a video out that captures the study’s highlights in a little over a minute.

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The Facts are Clear: Energy Means Jobs

job creation  job growth  wages  oil and natural gas development  bakken shale  north dakota 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted December 6, 2013

Say Anything Blog’s Rob Port has a suggestion for workers in different parts of the country who are dissatisfied with how much they’re earning in their present jobs: Come to North Dakota.

As Port and economics/energy blogger Mark J. Perry point out, North Dakota’s thriving economy, driven largely by surging oil and natural gas development (thanks, fracking!), is producing outrageously low unemployment – and rigorous competition for workers. You don’t have to be Milton Friedman to recognize that economic growth + worker demand = growing wages.

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(Every) Job Counts

job creation  job growth  oil and natural gas development  economic growth 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted December 5, 2013

America’s oil and natural gas industry is a top job creator – hence its total employment impact of 9.8 million jobs or 5.6 percent of total U.S. employment, according to PwC. That’s jobs in the industry itself and jobs that exist because of industry activity and investments. In a fair discussion of our industry’s ability to generate jobs and paychecks that benefit millions of Americans, basic economic s teaches that they all count.

Some seem to miss that last point. A Washington Post Wonkblog piece focuses narrowly on jobs in industry and industry support activities. Yet, we know from North Dakota, Texas and other states that oil and natural gas activity is fueling employment across a variety of sectors – employment that would be much smaller or non-existent without energy development. PwC found that for each direct oil and natural gas job, nearly three others were supported elsewhere in the U.S. economy. 

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Access and Safe Development of Oil and Natural Gas

access  keystone xl pipeline  lng  oil and natural gas development 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 28, 2013

Americans heard President Obama talk about his “all-of-the-above” energy strategy during last year’s campaign. They heard him praise the revolution in natural gas production from shale while hailing the rise in oil production on his watch. The words were encouraging, but it’s time for action. Erik Milito, API’s group director for upstream and industry operations, outlined the stakes during a conference call with reporters:

“We hope the president will take actions to match the ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy that was a central theme in his re-election campaign. We’ve heard rhetorical support for oil and natural gas, but it will take the right policies to meet the administration’s own projections that show oil and natural gas will be critical to meeting America’s energy needs for decades to come.”

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An Economic Lift, Thanks to Fracking

eagle ford shale  oil and natural gas development  manufacturing 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 27, 2013

Thanks, shale and hydraulic fracturing!

Two news items prompt today’s gratitude. First, a new study of Texas’ Eagle Ford shale play shows the dramatic economic lift being provided by oil and natural gas development. Second, a Reuters article underscores the point that affordable natural gas – again, thanks to fracking and shale – is spurring a U.S. manufacturing renaissance – in this case, attracting investment in this country from foreign companies.

The Eagle Ford study by the University of Texas at San Antonio has these numbers:

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Energy Today - March 19, 2013

oil and natural gas development  keystone xl pipeline  hydraulic fracturing  oil sands 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 19, 2013

New York Post – Blueblood Agenda

Governor Andrew Cuomo has put natural-gas development on hold yet again, plainly thanks to the power of New York’s environmental lobby, writes Tom Shepstone. But the real issue has nothing to do with the supposed health concerns cited by the opponents of “fracking.” No, the delay has been engineered by some extremely powerful special interests — New York’s bluebloods —at the expense of the hopes of land-owning and blue-collar New Yorkers.

NBC News – Power Shift: Energy Boom Dawning in America

In a turnaround that industry insiders describe as nothing short of amazing, the U.S. energy picture has drastically changed. Oil and natural gas drilling is now booming in places like Texas’ Eagle Ford, and the Bakken formation in North Dakota, bringing jobs and prosperity to those regions.

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