Energy Tomorrow Blog
Posted April 15, 2013
The Hill – Energy Taxes Are No Budget Solution
Steve Forbes writes on The Hill’s Congress Blog that higher taxes on the oil and natural gas industry would cost jobs, lower energy production and actually reduce revenue to government over time. He cites a study showing that “a new tax on the industry would sacrifice 170,000 direct and indirect energy jobs by 2014.”
Houston Chronicle – It’s Wrong to Penalize the Oil and Natural Gas Industry
“Singling out our oil and natural gas industry for taxation penalizes producers,” writes the newspaper. “Bad guys? You mean the folks who employ our neighbors in good-paying jobs, contribute mightily to our tax base, civic life and sports and cultural/arts scenes? We don't think so.”
Posted April 10, 2013
AEI Ideas – Economic Fact of the Day
According to new Bureau of Labor Statistics data, Midland, Texas, has the lowest metro jobless rate in the U.S. at 3.2 percent. What’s different about Midland, asks blogger Mark J. Perry. The town is in the heart of the Permian Basin oil field’s surging shale production – thanks to hydraulic fracturing.
Associated Press – Energy Secretary Nominee Backs Natural Gas ‘Revolution’
The AP recaps the nomination hearing for Ernest Moniz. During the hearing, Moniz noted the “stunning increase in domestic natural gas production” that has led to “reduced carbon emissions and a dramatic expansion of manufacturing and job creation.”
Posted April 8, 2013
Posted April 3, 2013
BBC’s Laura Trevelyan reports on the divide between New York State and Pennsylvania in the hydraulic fracturing debate. Must watch at 2:19: a fourth generation New York landowner talks about the benefits of fracking – and the consequences of not lifting the moratorium.
Free Enterprise – Abundant U.S. Energy Attracts Foreign Companies
Abundant U.S. energy, courtesy of hydraulic fracturing tapping shale oil and natural gas deposits, is attracting manufacturers from Europe and South America, Sean Hackbarth reports. This will translate into jobs and a “much more competitive U.S.”
Posted February 12, 2013
OK, so here’s the deal: Seldom is the annual State of the Union message going to be confused with the Gettysburg Address for lyric quality. Historically, presidents use the speech to set out detailed policy agendas. As listeners seek focus during an oration that might stretch an hour or more, we’re here to help.
Posted February 8, 2013
In its online debate this week on hydraulic fracturing, The Economist poses this question: “Do the benefits derived from shale gas outweigh the drawbacks of fracking?” It’s a thought-provoking question that has elicited a number of thoughtful responses.
Let’s examine some of the arguments of those who answer that question no. Now, in a debate you typically lead with your best argument, so it’s telling that opposition’s opening shot against hydraulic fracturing basically is a big swing and a miss. Here it is:
Fracking currently enjoys exemptions from parts of at least seven major national statutes, including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act. If fracking is so safe, why can't the industry be held to the same standards as everyone else?
Posted January 4, 2013
Here’s the crux of an unreleased (but leaked) New York Department of Environmental Conservation report that weighs the public health impact of natural gas development through hydraulic fracturing:
“…significant adverse impacts on human health are not expected from routine (fracking) operations. When spills or accidents occur, the department has identified numerous additional mitigation measures, including emergency-response planning, setbacks and buffers, so that significant exposures to people and resources on which they rely are unlikely."
Shorter version: Fracking can be done safely in New York.
Posted December 19, 2012
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Posted November 28, 2012