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New Ad: 'Brainpower,' Energy and a Better Future

oil and natural gas  technology  innovation  power-past-impossible 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 4, 2018

The message in “Brainpower,” API’s newest ad, is straightforward: The natural gas and oil industry leverages smart technologies, data analysis and more to safely and efficiently develop the energy Americans use to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.

An industry that already was pretty brainy has upped its IQ.


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So You Want a Steel Tariff Exclusion ...

trade  regulation  pipeline construction  oil and natural gas 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 1, 2018

While the Trump administration continues to sort out who will or won’t be subject to steel and aluminum tariffs, the under-reported aspect of the larger tariff-trade story is the potential impact of the tariff exemption process on U.S. industries that use lots of steel – including ours.

The reality is that businesses and industries that rely on imported steel to complete important projects efficiently and economically are in the middle of a nightmarish, bureaucratic mishmash only Washington could foist on private enterprise. That is, the laborious application for an exemption from the steel tariff – an import duty that could end up impacting consumers and our nation’s energy security.

To understand what’s going on, start by imagining the world’s largest snarl of red tape. It might look something like the world’s largest ball of twine, only red.


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Taking the Energy Conversation to the Campus

everything  power-past-impossible  oil and natural gas jobs 

Dean Foreman

Dean Foreman
Posted April 26, 2018

During recent visits to three universities, my goal was to have conversations with students who might be part of the next generation of the energy workforce – talking with them about energy, global markets, the potential for rewarding careers and the advanced technologies we use to safely and responsibly develop the energy our country needs to grow its economy and increase its security.

I visited with 110 graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Pennsylvania, Tulane (photo below) and Rice universities – many of whom hope to work in the energy industry, and others who recognize the ways energy affects careers in manufacturing, finance, trading and other fields. 

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Energy Security, Veterans and Energy Careers

military  oil and natural gas jobs  us energy security 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 10, 2018

Men and women who’ve worn the uniform of the United States view “energy security” through a different lens than the rest of us.  To many of them the American energy revolution – with oil production projected to reach 10.7 million barrels per day this year, and the U.S. becoming a net natural gas exporter for the first time in nearly 60 years – means our armed forces are less likely to be deployed to faraway places to protect energy interests. The point was underscored at a Vets4Energy event today at API. 

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Anti-Oil Advocacy, Scare Headlines and Dubious Conclusions

hydraulic fracturing  oil and natural gas  public health 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 15, 2018

We’ve seen this movie before: Anti-natural gas and oil advocates put out a “study” or a “report” linking cancer, asthma, low birth weights and (fill in the blank) to industry operations. Scare headlines follow – with truth, as it so often does, lagging behind.

Frequently, the methodologies used in these studies lead to flawed or flimsy conclusions. For example, it’s poor methodology to confuse health effects correlation with causation. Correlation is two things occurring side by side; causation is proving scientifically that one caused the other.

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January MSR: Oil Scores Perfect ‘10.2’

oil and natural gas production  refining and distribution  economic impacts 

Dean Foreman

Dean Foreman
Posted February 16, 2018

U.S. crude oil production scored a perfect “10” in January – make that 10.2, to be precise, as in 10.2 million barrels per day (mbd). That record production, combined with a new high for refinery throughput and 6.3 mbd of crude oil and refined product exports, narrowed the price difference between U.S. and international crude prices last month and underscored the global impact of U.S. energy. All of this data and more may be found in API’s Monthly Statistical Report for January

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Industry Innovation Drives U.S. Energy Renaissance

innovation  technology  oil and natural gas  state of american energy 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 7, 2018

The broad, impactful outlines of the U.S. energy renaissance in a couple of recent data points: In November, U.S. crude oil production reached 10.038 million barrels per day – a level not seen in 50 years – largely with advanced hydraulic fracturing unlocking oil from tight-rock formations; the United States is projected to be a net exporter of energy by 2022 in most scenarios studied by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Strong domestic production will play a major role, EIA says.

We’ve arrived at this point – with significant positive implications for American security and economic growth – for a couple of reasons: vast natural gas and oil reserves and an innovative, technologically advanced industry that has been able to safely and responsibly develop those energy reserves to the benefit of American consumers, businesses and manufacturers.

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The Meaning of 10.038 Million Barrels Per Day

oil and natural gas production  shale energy  us energy security  technology innovation 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 1, 2018

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports that in November, U.S. oil production hit 10.038 million barrels per day

– the most in half a century. Three big takeaways: America is stronger and our future is more secure; our industry's technologies are building a better future; and U.S. energy is in it for the long haul.

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Energy Makes State of Our Union Strong

state of the union  oil and natural gas  infrastructure  everything 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 31, 2018

So, there was scant, direct mention of energy during Tuesday night’s State of the Union. We’re glad the president devoted some time to the country’s need for more infrastructure – just look at New England! – and he also talked about a new era of embracing American energy, also good. At the same time, we’d argue virtually everything the president highlighted during his speech involves energy in some way. The economy, national security, bettering the lives of Americans – all of these are connected to natural gas and oil and/or its development. Which is what we’ve been saying: energy is everything, and energy is powering Americans past impossible.

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The Imperative of the U.S. Energy Trade [R]evolution

state of the union  trade  oil and natural gas  us energy security 

Dean Foreman

Dean Foreman
Posted January 30, 2018

For the first installment of my API Chart of the Month series, let’s look at a pair of charts that show the strengthening of U.S. trade positions for petroleum – crude oil and refined products – and natural gas – supported by trade pacts such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). This is especially timely given the possibility trade will come up during tonight’s State of the Union address. 

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