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Day 1 News from CERA Week

cera  exports  global oil  shale energy  oil and gas industry  saudi arabia 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 21, 2015

IHS CERAWeek, one of the world’s top energy conferences, is going on in Houston this week. Some news from Day 1

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Coming Clean: The President and ‘Dirty’ Keystone XL Oil

keystone xl pipeline  canadian oil sands  crude oil  greenhouse gas emissions  president obama 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 9, 2015

Apparently not content with the four Pinocchios he recently earned from the Washington Post for statements on the Keystone XL pipeline, President Obama last week put in a bid for five with remarks aimed at the project’s environmental impact.

At an appearance in South Carolina, the president termed “extraordinarily dirty” the methods used to develop Canadian oil sands:

“The reason that a lot of environmentalists are concerned about it is the way that you get the oil out in Canada is an extraordinarily dirty way of extracting oil, and obviously there are always risks in piping a lot of oil through Nebraska farmland and other parts of the country.”

First, after more than six years of review by his administration, the president really should take the time to read the U.S. State Department’s environmental review of Keystone XL  – the latest of five that all have cleared the pipeline on environmental grounds. As well, energy consulting firm IHS found that Keystone XL and the oil sands it would deliver would have “no material impact” on U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.

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Exports: Harnessing America’s Energy Wealth

energy exports  crude oil  natural gas supplies  lng exports  economic benefits  production 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 6, 2014

We’ve posted a number of times on the merits of U.S. energy exports, because whether the subject is exporting crude oil or natural gas, there are compelling economic and energy reasons to lift restrictions on America’s ability to be a major player in global markets. While those restrictions remain, America and Americans lose.

A number of studies have said that energy exports will benefit our economy and stimulate more domestic production – here, here and here on liquefied natural gas (LNG) and here and here on crude oil. A new report from Columbia University’s Center for Global Energy Policy added that LNG exports could help strengthen the United States’ foreign policy hand.

Thanks to abundant oil and natural gas reserves, advanced hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling and investments by a robust industry sector, the U.S. is the world’s No. 1 producer of natural gas and is about to become No. 1 in oil output (subscription required). Yet, because of self-imposed and outdated (in the case of the crude oil) export restrictions, the U.S. isn’t harnessing its energy potential as it could and should.

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Supplying Energy Supplies Jobs

oil and natural gas jobs  unconventional oil  unconventional gas  hydraulic fracturing  horizontal drilling  fracking  economic growth  government revenues 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 26, 2014

There’s more evidence that the U.S. oil and natural gas industry is driving economic growth – not just in the industry itself, but also in the vast supply chain that sustains energy development – adding to overall GDP, wages and revenues to government.

A new IHS study, commissioned by the Energy Equipment & Infrastructure Alliance (EEIA) estimates that employment growth in the supply chain that supports unconventional oil and natural gas development – that is, energy from shale and other tight-rock formations with advanced hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling – will outpace, by a more than a 2-to-1 margin, the U.S. average from 2012 to 2025.

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Jobs and Opportunity in Energy

job creation  oil and natural gas jobs  oil and gas industry  american energy  petroleum products 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 10, 2014

A new report on the employment outlook for minorities and women in the oil and natural gas and petrochemical industries can be summed up in two words: tremendous opportunity. The study by consulting firm IHS projects that minorities will fill one-third of jobs in these industries by 2030 – up from one-quarter in 2010.

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For a Stronger Economy and Job Growth, Choose Energy

job creation  economic growth  access  oil and gas industry 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 10, 2014

The top of Pew Research’s annual survey of the U.S. public’s top issues priorities looks a lot like last year’s – and the survey for 2012, and for 2011 and for 2010. This year, as in each of those previous years, Americans told Pew that strengthening the economy and improving the job situation should be the top priorities for President Obama and Congress. 

The specific percentages vary from year to year, but boosting the economy and creating more jobs are consistently at the forefront of most Americans’ thinking. Unfortunately, the January  jobs report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates continuing difficulty on both fronts. Although the economy added 113,000 jobs in January, the figure was short of the 180,000 or so jobs expected by analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.

Yet, while total U.S. non-farm employment rose just 0.1 percent from December 2013 to January 2014 and has grown 1.7 percent from January 2013 to January 2014, the jobs picture for oil and natural gas extraction is something different – and better. Sector employment rose 0.9 percent to 206,000 jobs last month over December 2013 and has increased 6.6 percent (12,800 jobs) since January 2013.

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Energy Today – April 8, 2013

energy today  fracking  keystone xl pipeline  oil and gas industry 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted April 8, 2013

Wall Street Journal – The 1 Percent Keystone Confusion “The 1%-ers writing checks to Mr. Obama loathe the pipeline. The folks who need and want it are the 99%. They're the working stiffs who are ‘struggling to get by’ in this economy.” –Editorial Fort-Worth Star-Telegram – Once Unprofitable West Texas Oil Play Now Booming Thanks to innovations in hydraulic fracturing and natural gas development, the Spraberry/Wolfcamp shale play in West Texas has roughly quadrupled its oil production since 2003 – producing more than 220,000 barrels a day.

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Put American Energy to Work for Americans

regulation  policy  oil  natural gas  domestic energy  access 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 11, 2013

U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Donohue in his annual State of American Business address, rightly identifying American-made energy as a critical to broad economic recovery and to solving the nation’s fiscal problems:

“Today, 23 million Americans are unemployed, underemployed, or have stopped looking for work. A record 47 million people are poor enough to be on food stamps. Median family income has dropped to 1995 levels—so we’re going backward. … From top to bottom we need more success in America. We need to nurture success, empower it, reward it, and celebrate it. … Proceeding swiftly and responsibly to develop more American energy can help us immeasurably with our fiscal problems, but it can also do so much more for our country.”

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Our 2013 Energy Opportunity

oil  natural gas  energy outlook  access 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 8, 2013

The state of American energy in 2013 could be summed up in a word: opportunity – the opportunity to develop America’s vast energy wealth to make our lives better, to grow our economy and to make our country safer, from an energy standpoint and overall.

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Shale Natural Gas and Oil: Moving and Shaking the Energy Field

oil  natural gas  hydraulic fracturing  domestic production  access 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 3, 2013

Kevin Bullis, MIT Technology Review’s senior editor for energy, has a piece noting that the most significant advances in the energy field the past year resulted from surging natural gas and oil production from shale via hydraulic fracturing – an impact Bullis says is unlikely to be unsurpassed by other energy sectors in the near future:

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