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Shortening Terms on So-Called "Idle" Leases

access  domestic energy  energy policy  Jack Gerard  leasing  louisiana  offshore drilling  offshore leases  idle leases 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 16, 2009

Late last week, the Minerals Management Service (MMS) announced that they will shorten lease sale terms on nearly 36 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico off the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. 

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New Report Debunks Top Energy Myths

domestic energy  energy policy  energy reality  oil production  energy myths  pacific research institute  renewable alternatives  top ten energy myths 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 13, 2009

Last week, the Pacific Research Institute (PRI) released a report--"Top Ten Energy Myths"--that confronts ten common myths about America's energy sources, uses and risks, utilizing U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Energy Information Administration (EIA) data.

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Continued Warnings about Harmful Climate Legislation

accf  climate bill  climate legislation  congress  domestic energy  energy policy  energy supplies  kerry-boxer  waxman-markey 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 12, 2009

On Tuesday, yet another voice spoke out against the proposed climate legislation under consideration in Congress. This time it was Margo Thorning, senior vice president and chief economist at the American Council for Capital Formation (ACCF), speaking before the Senate Finance Committee

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New Game: Turn Your Home Into a Smart House!

conservation  efficiency  energy costs  energy iq  energy arcade 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 11, 2009

Yesterday, we launched our newest interactive--Smart House, a game that teaches players about energy efficiency and tests personal energy awareness.

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Energy Resources: America is #1

domestic energy  energy reserves  congressional research service 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 10, 2009

Last week's blog post showing that the United States is #1 in total energy resources generated some buzz in the blogosphere. To recap, the post noted that the Congressional Research Service (CRS) found that the United States has resources amounting to 1,321 billion barrels of oil equivalent (BOE) which was substantially higher than any other country. 

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Op-ed: Offshore Drilling - Royalties, Jobs, Energy, Great Fishing!

domestic energy  drilling  energy  fl  florida  offshore drilling 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 9, 2009

Walton Sun (Florida) op-ed, authored by geoscientist Al Swiercz and published last week, discussed the benefits of offshore drilling for Florida residents and the United States. Swiercz said that exploration would "not only protect the beauty of our beaches, but allow us to reap the benefits of offshore exploration," including tax revenues, jobs--including "blue-collar" rig jobs which pay upwards of $75,000 per year--and great fishing areas around offshore platforms. 

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Hurricane Ida in the Gulf

domestic energy  hurricanes  louisiana  outer continental shelf  hurricane preparedness 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 9, 2009

At least three oil companies announced yesterday they were shutting in some production as Ida began to bear down on oil and natural gas facilities in the Gulf of Mexico. BP, Chevron and Marathon reduced production and evacuated some of their offshore facilities. Also, the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP) stopped offloading tankers as sea conditions began to deteriorate.

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Earnings: A Mixed Bag

earnings  oil companies  oil company earnings  revenue  downstream  upstream 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 6, 2009

Eighteen oil and natural gas companies had reported their third quarter 2009 earnings as of yesterday afternoon, and the results have been a mixed bag. Companies that focus on oil and natural gas production--also called the upstream sector of the business--experienced a better financial quarter than large integrated companies that have both upstream and downstream operations--refining and marketing. The companies that fared worst are in the downstream portion of the business, and some of them actually lost money. 

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Kerry-Boxer Goes to the Floor

climate bill  climate legislation  domestic energy  energy policy  epa  Jack Gerard  kerry-boxer  waxman-markey  senate environment and public works committee 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 5, 2009

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee today voted to send the Kerry-Boxer climate bill to the Senate floor without amendments. Only Democrats were in attendance for the vote, and Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mt.) voted against the bill, saying he would withhold his support contingent on the adoption of some pro-agriculture amendments. 

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Willing to Pay $200 a Month for Climate Legislation?

climate bill  climate legislation  domestic energy  energy information administration  energy policy  kerry-boxer  waxman-markey 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 4, 2009

A recent poll shows that the more Americans learn about climate legislation, the less they like it. Especially when they realize that it will take money out of their pockets. 

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