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Commission Identifies Deepwater Horizon Missteps

blowout preventer  deepwater horizon  department of energy  domestic energy  energy information administration  energy policy  gulf of mexico  gulf oil spill  macondo well  oil leak  oil production  oil spill  boemr  oil rig 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted January 6, 2011

The presidential commission examining the Deepwater Horizon accident has determined that several missteps contributed last April's blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, including poor decision-making by the companies' management and government regulators. According to an excerpt from its report, the commission found the tragedy "was not the product of a series of abberational decisions made by a rogue industry...the root causes are systemic" and should be corrected. 

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The New Congress and Energy Policy

access  congress  department of the interior  domestic energy  energy policy  government revenue  gulf of mexico  offshore drilling  offshore drilling ban  onshore  renewable energy 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted January 5, 2011

As the 112th Congress convenes today, the new majority in the House of Representatives is putting its priorities in order and considering actions that could alter the nation's energy policies. 

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Energy Tomorrow Radio: Episode - 125 The State of American Energy

domestic energy  Jack Gerard  revenues  state of american energy  government revenues  offshore access 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted January 4, 2011

In today's episode, I interview API President and CEO Jack Gerard about his "State of American Energy" speech. He stressed the need for sensible policies that create jobs, generate government revenue, and strengthen U.S. energy security. 

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Offshore Drilling Can Resume for 13 Companies

access  bakken shale  boemre  boemre  deepwater drilling  deepwater drilling moratorium  domestic energy  drilling permits  eagle ford shale  energy information administration  energy policy  gulf of mexico  moratorium  offshore drilling  offshore drilling moratorium  oil production  permits  offshore oil production 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted January 3, 2011

The administration announced today that 13 oil and natural gas companies can resume deepwater drilling activities in the Gulf of Mexico without submitting revised exploration or development plans for supplemental environmental reviews. 

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The Price of Fuel and Ill-Conceived Policies

crude oil  department of the interior  diesel  diesel fuel  domestic energy  energy policy  fuel  fuel prices  gas prices  gasoline  gasoline prices  gulf of mexico  moratorium  offshore drilling moratorium  oil demand  prices  ulsd  ultra-low sulfur diesel 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted December 30, 2010

Gasoline prices rose to their highest level in the past two years yesterday. According to AAA, the average price of gasoline climbed one penny Dec. 29 to $3.071 per gallon. This is the highest level since October 15, 2008, when the average price of gasoline reached $3.084. 

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Energy Policy's Impact on U.S. Consumers

alternative energy  congress  deepwater horizon  department of the interior  domestic energy  energy  energy policy  energy taxes  gas prices  gasoline  gulf of mexico  gulf oil spill  offshore energy  oil leak  oil spill  shallow water drilling 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted December 30, 2010

As the nation approaches the New Year, reporters around the country are writing about the energy outlook for 2011. There are quotes from analysts predicting oil and gasoline prices; opinion leaders discussing energy policies likely to be considered by the 112th Congress; and professors explaining the relative merits of fossil fuels and alternatives. 

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Don't Rush to Judgment on Fracking

domestic energy  environmental protection agency  epa  fracking  gas wells  hydraulic fracturing  methane  natural gas drilling well  range resources 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted December 29, 2010

The presumption of innocence is one of the founding principles of the U.S. justice system. Simply put, anyone accused of a crime in the United States is presumed innocent until proven guilty. 

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The Administration's Energy Bias

alternative energy  bakken shale  department of the interior  domestic energy  energy policy  government revenue  gulf of mexico  obama administration  renewable energy  unemployment  oil and natural gas leases  western energy alliance 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted December 28, 2010

If anyone doubts the current administration's negative impact on U.S. oil and natural gas development, the Western Energy Alliance (WEA) has some news for you: The numbers don't lie. 

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Does EPA Have the Authority to Levy Taxes?

congress  energy policy  environmental protection agency  epa  ethanol  fuel  fuel blends  gasoline  over regulation  cellulosic ethanol 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted December 27, 2010

Did you know that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the authority to levy taxes? If you're scratching your head over this tidbit of information, you're not alone. 

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It's the Holiday Travel Season

aaa  crude oil  energy information administration  gas prices  gasoline  gasoline prices  prices 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted December 23, 2010

Americans will take to the roads in record numbers this holiday season. AAA projects that travel will rise by 3.1 percent to 92.3 million during the Dec. 23-Jan. 2 holiday period. Last year travel increased by 4.4 percent, making the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 holiday seasons the first back-to-back increases since 2005-2006 and 2006-2007. 

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