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The Crippling Costs of a Fracking Ban

fracking  politics  us energy security  jobs  economic losses 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 21, 2020

API’s new video, “The Costs of a Fracking Ban,” pulls no punches: Ending the technology most responsible for the U.S. energy revolution – as proposed by some politicians – would harm millions of Americans and weaken the nation’s security. 

With 95% of new natural gas and oil wells developed with hydraulic fracturing, a ban on fracking most likely would end U.S. global leadership in natural gas and oil production and make America weaker, less secure. It would hamstring the economy and could cost millions of jobs. Average household costs could increase, and entire communities could be waylaid in the process.


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SOAE 2020: This is Lansing

economic growth  michigan  state of american energy  oil and natural gas development 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 11, 2020

Lansing, Michigan, has come a long way since the days of high unemployment and general malaise, when people joked that the last person to leave Michigan should turn out the lights. Today, Lansing is on the rise – one of many communities across the country that have been helped by the empowering nature of abundant U.S. natural gas and oil (see API’s 2020 State of American Energy report).

Lansing is home to new auto manufacturing plants, and the municipal utility, Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL), is replacing the last of its coal-fired generation facilities with a $500 million natural gas-fueled power plant.

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EIA’s Outlook: Natural Gas and Oil Remain Integral to U.S.

eia forecast  economic growth  oil and natural gas production  us energy security 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 5, 2020

The federal government’s latest energy projections are out, and they portray a U.S. energy future that continues to be driven by natural gas and oil.

It’s a future noteworthy for continued production growth, greater efficiency, the U.S. as a net energy exporter and emissions progress. All are connected in various ways to shale reserves and safe, modern hydraulic fracturing – and at risk if fracking were banned as some have advocated.

Americans understand how far the United States has come in the past decade and a half, thanks to shale and hydraulic fracturing, helping advance the goal voiced by U.S. presidents since Jimmy Carter of seeing this country end its reliance on foreign energy. Indeed, in December the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) confirmed the United States as a net exporter of energy in total for the first time since the 1950s. This is an historic sign of new U.S. global energy leadership, and it shouldn’t be thrown away with foolish policy choices.


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SOAE 2020: This is Eau Claire

state of american energy  oil and natural gas development  wisconsin  economic growth 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 3, 2020

Energy – essential for growth and opportunity – is America’s strong suit, thanks to abundant domestic natural gas and oil. It’s a key driver in the national economy and also local economies, in places like Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

This is Energy Progress, the theme of API’s State of American Energy report. They’re living it in Eau Claire.


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What’s the Hold Up? On Key Infrastructure, Too Often It’s NEPA

infrastructure  environmental review  environmental impact statements 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 30, 2020

Further down in this post take a look at just a few of the important U.S. infrastructure projects that have been held up by the review processes directed by the current National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

As noted in Sam Winstel’s post earlier this month, NEPA reform proposals recently offered by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) are sorely needed. Some of the projects below are not just years on hold, but decades. And NEPA affects all kinds of infrastructure development, not just our industry’s projects. House Democrats, who just unveiled a multi-billion-dollar infrastructure proposal this week, should take note.   

CEQ proposals would improve NEPA permitting and approval processes on energy and other vital infrastructure projects while still ensuring the appropriate environmental assessments and protections are undertaken.

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SOAE 2020: This is Aurora

colorado  economic growth  oil and natural gas development 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 24, 2020

There might not be a better example of the broad, empowering effects of abundant U.S. natural gas and oil than Aurora, Colorado. The city has emerged from Denver’s shadow on the strength of more than a dozen thriving business sectors – with energy underlying growth. It’s why API’s 2020 State of American Energy report profiled Aurora and six other communities to show how natural gas and oil are fundamental to economic expansion, job creation and rising opportunity across the U.S.  

Kevin Hougen, Aurora Chamber of Commerce president, describes the city as diverse culturally and in industry, which is attracting new people from a range of career paths, from bio-science and healthcare to cybersecurity, aerospace and the military.

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SOAE 2020: This is Las Cruces

economic growth  new mexico  oil and natural gas development 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 17, 2020

API’s State of American Energy report is focused on the growth and empowerment that natural gas and oil provide to communities across the United States. Las Cruces, New Mexico, is one of them. Thanks to abundant, affordable energy, cities and towns like Las Cruces are on the move, with opportunity expanding before them.

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U.S. Energy – For Progress in 2020 and Beyond

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 7, 2020

Energy empowers the United States – economic growth, national security and our ability to address risks posed by climate change. Energy is essential to the progress that makes Americans’ lives and our country better.

We call this “Energy For Progress” – the theme at today’s State of American Energy event in Washington, D.C. (details at www.api.org).

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We Can Multi-Task on Infrastructure, Reducing CO2

carbon storage  infrastructure 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted December 16, 2019

We and others in our industry talk frequently about how the United States has the ability to meet the dual challenges of securing affordable, reliable energy while our nation also addresses the risks of climate change (see here and here). …

Certainly, this industry mindset comes through in two new reports from the National Petroleum Council – one on deploying, at scale, carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) technologies into the energy and industrial marketplace, and another on the need for new energy infrastructure.


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Infrastructure – So No One is Left Out in the Cold

infrastructure  natural gas  pipelines  consumers 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted December 12, 2019

News that the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. is bringing attention to the need for a natural gas pipeline to serve an impoverished area near Chicago makes a lot of sense. No person should be preparing for the approaching winter without clean, reliable heat, which natural gas provides.

Unfortunately, people living in the Pembroke Township area south of Chicago near the Indiana state line don’t have natural gas and are facing just such a challenge. The area’s median income is about $16,000 a year, it suffers from 30% unemployment and has a 33.9% poverty rate. ...

The plight of Pembroke Township, like others we’ve noted, is a reminder that access to affordable, reliable energy is critically important not only for comfort and convenience, but also for health, particularly among low-income Americans.


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