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EPA Ozone Standards Based on Politics, Not Science

epa  over regulation  ozone 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted January 7, 2010

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed to tighten U.S. ground-level ozone standards to protect people as well as plants. Under the new guidelines, the "primary" standard aimed at protecting public health would be reduced to 0.060 and 0.070 parts per million (ppm) measured over eight hours from the 0.075 ppm level set in March 2008.

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The Low-Carbon Fuel Folly

epa  over regulation 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted January 7, 2010

In a move that should raise eyebrows across the country, the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) last week agreed to adopt a low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS) to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from vehicles and possibly from home heating-oil furnaces. Although on the surface this agreement might sound environmentally friendly, it's likely to do more harm than good.

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New Year's Resolution: Get Smart on Energy with College of Knowledge

education 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted January 6, 2010

As we begin a New Year, many of us think about New Year's resolutions. Some people want to find more time to exercise amid busy schedules, while others hope to learn more about a particular topic that interests them.

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FOX: "Shale, the New American Gold Rush"

natural gas  haynesville shale 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted January 5, 2010

As part of Fox News' "Job Hunt" series, today a segment aired aboutshale gas, calling it "the new American gold rush of the 21st century," and discussing how its development is creating jobs--even during this time of economic distress.

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Clean Diesel in Your Tank

air quality  environmental protection agency  epa  fuel  gasoline  ulsd  ultra low sulfur diesel 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted January 5, 2010

The most massive fuel transition ever attempted in the United States has been occurring quite smoothly over the past few years without so much as a hiccup. It is the slow and steady movement from Low Sulfur Diesel Fuel to Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) fuel that started in 2006 and will continue through 2014.

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Job Losses Reduce Driving

energy policy  epa  over regulation  prices 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted January 4, 2010

American motorists drove fewer miles in 2009, in part due to unemployment. As reported in The Wall Street Journal, Trilby Lundberg, author of the Lundberg Letter, says commuting to work--one of the most important reasons for driving--has been "hit in the guts" by unemployment.

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Virginia Wants Offshore Drilling

access  domestic energy  government revenue  offshore drilling  virginia 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted December 31, 2009

Breaking from his predecessor, Virginia's Governor-elect Bob McDonnell sent a letter to Interior Secretary Salazar, asking the administration to move forward with a scheduled offshore lease sale in 2011. McDonnell says "offshore energy exploration and production will be a priority" during his four-year term as governor. The Commonwealth's current Gov. Tim Kaine sought to delay the lease sale. 

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Climate Legislation in 2010

domestic energy  energy policy  over regulation 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted December 30, 2009

In the wake of the bruising political battle over health care reform, several U.S. senators have signaled that they don't want to take up  climate legislation during the upcoming 2010 election year.

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Energy Tomorrow Radio: Episode 97- China's Energy Policy

domestic energy  energy policy  energy reality 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted December 29, 2009

This week's episode focuses on an Institute for Energy Research article that discusses China's recent upswing in investing in oil and gas resources outside its borders, while the United States promotes more investment in solar and wind power. 

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