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Furor over Fracking: Consider the Facts

domestic energy  energy policy  hydraulic fracturing 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted February 24, 2010

A few days ago, two members of Congress launched an investigation into the energy development practice known as hydraulic fracturing. Reps. Henry Waxman (D - Calif.) and Edward Markey (D - Mass.) sent letters to eight hydraulic-fracturing companies to request information on the substances used in the process. 

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Update on EPA GHG Regulations

energy policy  epa 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted February 23, 2010

The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) plan to regulate greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) is shaping up as one of the most contested government policies in years. During the past few weeks: 

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Energy Tomorrow Radio: Episode 101 - Energy Discussion at CPAC

access  domestic energy 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted February 23, 2010

In today's episode, I speak with attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) about the importance of domestic production and exploration of oil and natural gas and how accessing those resources could improve the nation's economy. 

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Economic Indicators: Diesel Demand and Jobs

diesel  domestic energy  energy policy  energy reality  ultra low-sulfur diesel 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted February 22, 2010

Economists use several statistical indicators, including the consumption of diesel fuel, to monitor the state of the economy. Therefore, last month's sharp drop in demand for Ultra Low-Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) fuel was cause for concern. 

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Tweeting about Energy Policy

technology innovation 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted February 19, 2010

EnergyTomorrow launched this blog about ten months ago with the goal of starting an online conversation about energy policy. We're always glad to hear from people who are passionate about the energy decisions being made in our nation, no matter whether they agree or disagree with us. This blog gives everyone the opportunity to express his or her views openly and transparently, examine the facts, and perhaps over time arrive at some conclusions that can help all of us move together toward a secure energy future. 

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Chevron: Offshore Energy is a Win for America

chevron  domestic energy  energy policy  offshore drilling  rhetoric vs reality 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted February 19, 2010

It's time to add some common sense to the debate over offshore energy development. The benefits are obvious: More domestic energy, more jobs, a much needed boost to the economy without depending on government spending, improved U.S. energy security, and fewer U.S. dollars being sent overseas to purchase oil from other countries. At a time when the unemployment rate continues to hover just below 10 percent and American families are worried about their futures, now is the time to open more areas to energy development. 

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Update on Climate Legislation

domestic energy  energy policy  epa  over regulation 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted February 18, 2010

Perhaps it's the weak economy, or perhaps it's ClimateGate. Whatever the cause, it appears that support for climate change legislation is waning. 

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Energy Taxes: Connecting the Dots

domestic energy  energy policy  taxes 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted February 17, 2010

To understand the potential impact of the administration's proposed budget, one must be able to connect the dots. Simply put, one must be able to anticipate how a policy proposed by the federal government could eventually affect the average American consumer. 

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Energy Development: The Key to Jobs

domestic energy  energy policy  government revenue 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted February 16, 2010

As we've been saying here for the past several weeks, the oil and natural gas industry could help to pull the economy out of the doldrums if it were allowed to search for and produce more domestic energy. The United States has abundant energy resources, and developing them could create hundreds of thousands of well-paying jobs, send much needed revenues to federal, state and local governments to pay for services, and improve U.S. energy security. 

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Shorter Leases Could Lead to Less U.S. Energy

domestic energy  energy policy  leasing  offshore drilling  technology innovation 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted February 12, 2010

The Interior Department's Minerals Management Service (MMS) yesterday announced that it is shortening the lease terms for many offshore Gulf of Mexico oil and natural gas prospects. In a statement, MMS announced it would offer leases to energy companies in March, but that the leasing periods would be reduced from ten years to seven years for leases in depths of 800 to 1,600 meters. Three-year extensions could be made available to drillers who begin a well during the initial leasing term. 

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