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Corn in Your Tank

clean air act  domestic energy  e15  energy  epa  ethanol  over regulation 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted July 22, 2009

Ethanol, which in the United States is generally made from corn, has been an important part of the gasoline supply for several years. In many regions of the country and in certain seasons, it accounts for as much as 10 percent of the gasoline fuel supply. 

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Did You Know U.S. Reliance on Imports is Falling?

climate bill  energy  energy iq  energy policy  imports  over regulation  waxman-markey 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted July 21, 2009

Here's an interesting factoid for you: America's reliance on imported oil has been falling. According to API's Monthly Statistical Report for June, imports fell 7.6 percent during the first half of 2009 as compared with the same period a year earlier. This drop was on top of two consecutive annual declines in crude oil and oil product imports in 2007 and 2008. 

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Snapshot from Richmond

domestic energy  energy  energy citizens  over regulation  rally  taxes  waxman-markey 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted July 20, 2009

Last Friday, the Richmond, Virginia, area was the scene of two rallies against the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill and the administration's health care plan. One occurred in front of Sen. Mark Warner's office in Chesterfield County; the other was held in downtown Richmond on East Franklin Street where Sen. Jim Webb's office is located. Virginia Petroleum Council Executive Director Mike Ward shot video of the downtown demonstration and reported that approximately 200 people held signs and marched on both sides of the street between noon and 1:00 p.m. 

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Marcellus Shale: Enormous Economic Opportunity for Pennsylvania

domestic energy  energy  energy development  hydraulic fracturing  natural gas 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted July 20, 2009

In an op-ed from yesterday's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Robert W. Watson, emeritus associate professor at Penn State University, talks about the importance of increased energy development--specifically the shale gas that rests in the Marcellus Shale formation. 

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Your State and the Climate Bill

domestic energy  emissions  energy  energy policy  over regulation  research  waxman-markey 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted July 17, 2009

As we've noted several times on this blog, the costs and job losses that could be caused by the House-passed climate bill are quite large--almost too large to fully comprehend. Therefore, API has produced a series of brief papers that break down the bill's impact on a state-by-state basis.

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Fuel Demand: An Economic Indicator

crude oil  demand  diesel  energy  energy reality  opec  supply 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted July 16, 2009

If you're looking for an indicator that describes the current economy, look no further than API's oil demand and supply statistics. API reported today that U.S. petroleum deliveries--a key measure of demand--in the first six months of 2009 fell to its lowest level for the time period in more than a decade. 

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More Rockin' NEAR the Bakken?

bakken formation  domestic energy  energy  oil production  us geological survey 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted July 15, 2009

The U.S. Geological Survey calls the Bakken formation the largest continuous oil accumulation it has ever assessed--and nearby, there may be even more North Dakota oil than was previously thought. 

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Looking Back 30 Years

access  domestic energy  energy policy  oil exploration  oil production 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted July 15, 2009

Thirty years ago today, President Jimmy Carter asked Americans to come together to solve the energy crisis. At the time, global oil supplies had been reduced by political unrest in Iran, gasoline prices were up, and millions of Americans sat in gas lines which snaked through many major U.S. cities. In a televised speech on July 15, 1979, President Carter pressed for more conservation and oil development, saying, "This intolerable dependence on foreign oil threatens our economic independence and the very security of our nation. The energy crisis is real. It is worldwide. It is a clear and present danger to our nation." - See more at: http://energytomorrow.org/blog/author/13/P600#sthash.yeYx9zbK.dpuf

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The Importance of Informed Decision Making

domestic energy  energy  energy policy 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted July 14, 2009

Jimmie James has experienced life without the modern conveniences supplied by electricity. Growing up in small town in Texas, he says he and his family used wood for heat and kerosene in their lamps. "It's not something I saw on the History Channel," he says. "It was something I lived." Today he's grateful that his life, as well as the U.S. standard of living, is vastly improved due to oil and natural gas and their contributions to society. And he doesn't want to return to the past through a well-intended but ill-conceived energy policy. 

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