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Happy Birthday, Fracking!

fracking  american energy  Economy  Environment  Energy Security  Energy Efficiency  jobs  hydraulic fracturing  innovation  technology 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 17, 2014

Happy birthday, fracking! What a fantastic, 65-year ride it has been – and here’s to another 65 years and more.

Advanced hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling launched an oil and natural gas renaissance in this country – bringing dynamic job creation, economic stimulus that radiates well beyond the oil and natural gas industry proper and greater energy security. Thanks to fracking, the United States is an energy superpower that, with the right policies, can harness its vast resources to ensure a significantly better future for its citizens while reducing energy-related tension across the globe.

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Efficient and Abundant: American Energy Hits New Highs

american energy  Energy Efficiency  Energy Security  business  fracking  keystone xl pipeline 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted March 11, 2014

Liquefied Natural Gas as a Geopolitical Tool

Denver Post Editorial: Speeding up U.S. natural gas exports was a good idea even before the crisis in Crimea, but it's an even better idea now.

It's not as if U.S. exports are going to undermine Vladimir Putin's imperialistic designs in the short term. Ukraine would love to be less dependent on Russia for natural gas, but the export infrastructure in the U.S. for liquefied natural gas (LNG), particularly in terms of ports, isn't ready.

Indeed, the earliest that an export terminal is expected to come on line is in late 2015, with other terminals becoming operational perhaps a couple of years later. For that matter, the government doesn't direct where exports go. If the price in Asia for LNG is higher than in Europe, U.S. exports will tend to wind up there.

Still, the more gas is available worldwide, the less leverage Putin will have in bullying neighbors and in talks with European powers such as Germany, which also depends on Russian gas.

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The Chorus of Concern on RFS Impacts

ethanol  cellulosic biofuels  renewable fuel standard  rfs34  e15  renewable energy  Environment  Energy Efficiency 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 9, 2013

A tactic used by ethanol backers trying to defend the relatively defenseless Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is attempting to frame the RFS debate as one between America’s oil and natural gas companies and renewable energy.

That’s faulty for a couple of important reasons. First, we’re Big Ethanol’s biggest customers, buying billions of gallons a year, as a useful additive in E10 gasoline. Second, our companies are for renewables, not against them, investing $81 billion in renewables and carbon-reduction efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions between 2000 and 2012 – nearly as much as all other U.S. industries ($91 billion) and more than the federal government ($80 billion).

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API Urges President Obama to Work with Bipartisan Coalition

clean air act  domestic energy  efficiency  energy policy  environmental protection agency  epa  over regulation 

Rayola Dougher

Rayola Dougher
Posted April 7, 2011

We welcome today's bipartisan vote to stop the EPA from overstepping its authority and to restore the Clean Air Act to its original purpose.

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Diesel Vehicles Cleaner Than Ever

air quality  diesel  diesel vehicles  domestic energy  efficiency  emissions  energy policy  environmental protection agency  fuel  gasoline  technology innovation  ultra-low sulfur diesel  clean diesel  diesel exhaust fluid  emission requirements  trucks  ulsd diesel cars 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted August 25, 2010

Did you know that today's diesel-powered light-duty vehicles must meet the same stringent emission requirements as gasoline-powered models? 

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Advanced Drilling Technology Boosts CA Production

domestic energy  efficiency  exxon  exxonmobil  offshore drilling  offshore technology  technology innovation  offshore drilling in california  santa ynez 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted April 19, 2010

ExxonMobil reports that it has completed the world's longest well from an existing offshore fixed platform drilling rig. 

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$1 Million per Day Investment

domestic energy  efficiency  royalties  technology innovation  royalty payments 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted April 13, 2010

The U.S. Interior Department yesterday announced that it will launch a nine-month study into royalty payments in other countries to determine whether U.S. royalty rates should be changed.

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Environmentalists Should Support Offshore Drilling

domestic energy  efficiency  ghg emissions  greenhouse gas emissions  offshore drilling  offshore platforms 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted April 7, 2010

Eric Smith, a professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara, is calling on his "fellow environmentalists to reassess their stand on offshore oil."

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Blogosphere Buzz: Oil Industry Booms--in North Dakota

bakken formation  bakken shale  domestic energy  efficiency  north dakota 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted March 2, 2010

The blogosphere is buzzing about a recent Wall Street Journal editorial titled, "Oil Industry Booms--in North Dakota." The article discusses the state's recent economic prosperity as companies utilize advanced technologies to turn the Bakken Shale deposit into one of the fastest-growing oil-producing areas in the United States. 

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