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Natural Gas, Our Air and Our Modern Lifestyles

natural gas  power-past-impossible  Environment 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted March 19, 2018

By now you may have seen our new ad, “Air Up Here,” highlighting the role natural gas has played in helping to lower U.S. carbon dioxide emissions to their lowest levels in nearly 25 years.

While the ad focuses on how the industry is helping reduce greenhouse gases in our air, you may not realize that every cut in the ad features consumer goods the industry makes possible or makes better. Take a look at the ad and see if you can identify all of the products – many of which you likely own – made from materials produced from natural gas and oil. Go ahead, we’ll wait.

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Thanks to Natural Gas …

natural gas benefits  emission reductions  consumers  renewable energy 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 15, 2018

By now I hope you’ve seen API’s new national TV ad that is air during NCAA basketball tournament games, touting the benefits of U.S. natural gas. The ad’s message is as clear as America’s air: Thanks to increasing use of clean, affordable natural gas, U.S. emissions of carbon dioxide from electricity generation – a major source of the greenhouse gas – are at their lowest level in 25 years. That’s an amazing development for a couple reasons.


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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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U.S. Innovations Shift Global LNG Market

liquefied natural gas  lng exports  innovation  trade 

Dean Foreman

Dean Foreman
Posted March 12, 2018

Low U.S. natural gas prices have spurred liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports and major petrochemical projects that have become a springboard for U.S. jobs, wages, housing, education and services – everything that comes with major new capital projects and their broad-based boost to the economy. An important corollary is that U.S. technological innovation is translating into innovative business practices that are helping to increase the global trade, volumes and liquidity of natural gas markets while also advancing environmental goals by reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the power sector. 

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CERAWeek Update: Natural Gas and Power Generation

natural gas  electricity  cera 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 8, 2018

The CERAWeek conference turned its attention to the nation’s electricity system, with lots of talk about renewables, power storage, wholesale markets and the like. Most interesting was Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Rob Powelson’s calling out of states that have adopted or are considering anti-natural gas policies. Check it out in my latest CERAWeek update.

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CERAWeek Update: Natural Gas, Infrastructure Take the Stage

cera  natural gas  infrastructure 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 7, 2018

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has, well, energy. Lots of it.

The secretary kicked off natural gas day at the CERAWeek conference with a robust affirmation of the benefits of the American energy renaissance before a room filled with people largely responsible for bringing it about.

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Natural Gas Abundance Generates Export Opportunities

lng exports  natural gas  consumers  economic growth 

Dean Foreman

Dean Foreman
Posted February 28, 2018

In the first API Chart of the Month, we looked at historical U.S. trade in oil and natural gas. This month, let’s examine global liquefied natural gas (LNG) prices, which increasingly have helped to anchor U.S. natural gas production and reinvigorate local jobs, wages, housing, education and services – everything that comes with major new capital projects and their broad-based boost to the economy.

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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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Abundant, Reliable Natural Gas Continues to Lead

natural gas  electricity  electric-grid 

Kate Wallace

Kate Wallace
Posted February 13, 2018

There are important reasons natural gas is the United States’ primary fuel for electricity generation – and will be in the years to come, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA): 1) Natural gas is abundantly available – thanks to America’s energy renaissance; 2) Natural gas’ affordability has made it competitive in the marketplace; and 3) Among all the fuels used for power generation, natural gas is the definition of reliability – uniquely positioned as a fuel to furnish key attributes that ensure the health of the modern electricity grid.

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About Coal’s Attack on Natural Gas …

natural gas  electric-grid  consumers  ferc  energy markets 

Todd Snitchler

Todd Snitchler
Posted February 8, 2018

The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity recently posted this blog attacking natural gas as a fuel for electricity generation during winter cold snaps. It’s a familiar refrain, which we’ve refuted a number of times (including herehere and here). The fact is our nation’s electric grid is as reliable as ever, which recent data indicates. False narratives about unfounded reliability concerns – as a tool for advocating one fuel type over another – hurt efforts to improve the grid’s reliability and resilience. As for the performance of natural gas as a generating fuel during extreme cold, let’s review the record.

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