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Private Infrastructure and POTUS

keystone xl pipeline  infrastructure  president obama  canadian oil sands  economic growth  environmental review  domestic energy production 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted December 5, 2014

Speaking to business executives earlier this week, President Obama lamented how long it takes to make infrastructure improvements in the U.S.:

“The challenge for infrastructure has been that … it’s hard to pay for things if you don’t have some sort of revenue stream. And I’ve been exploring … to see how we can do more in attracting private investment into infrastructure construction – which is done fairly effectively in a lot of other countries …”

Later, he praised the Chinese for how quickly they tackle infrastructure needs:

“… the one thing I will say is that if they need to build some stuff, they can build it. And over time, that wears away our advantage competitively. It’s embarrassing – you drive down the roads, and you look at what they’re able to do.”

For more than six years one of the largest infrastructure projects to come along in some time has been staring back at President Obama, waiting for him to say “go”: the Keystone XL pipeline.

By now many Americans – who favor Keystone XL’s construction by more than a 3-to-1 margin – probably can tick off the points arguing for the project’s approval.

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The Keystone XL Test

keystone xl pipeline  economic growth  job creation  president obama  canadian oil sands  Jack Gerard 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 14, 2014

Friday’s bipartisan U.S. House vote to advance the Keystone XL pipeline, the ninth time the House has voted to support the project, sets up next week’s expected vote in the Senate – and most likely a big decision point for President Obama. API President and CEO Jack Gerard:

“The strong, bipartisan support for the Keystone XL pipeline demonstrates lawmakers from both parties in the House, as well as the Senate, are listening to the American people. A vote for KXL tells Americans their jobs matter, their futures matter and that our nation’s energy and national security are a clear priority.”

Now the question: Is President Obama listening?

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Keystone XL – Let’s Get It Done

keystone xl pipeline  president obama  job creation  economic growth  canadian oil sands  congress  infrastructure 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 6, 2014

Over the past few years it has been difficult to know President Obama’s true position on the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline, now under federal review more than six years. That’s likely to change in the new Congress, with Republicans saying Keystone XL legislation will be a top priority soon after the first of the year. North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven talked to Fuel Fix.com:

“The president opposes the project and has tried to defeat it with delay,” Hoeven said, but “given the clear vote from the American public and strong bipartisan support, he may decide it’s time to start working with Congress, and this is a good example of a place to start and why you’ll see us advance the measure early on.”

Given the mid-term election results, President Obama soon will be called to make a decision on Keystone XL – one that will indicate his willingness to work with the new Congress on an issue that has strong public support and one that also will show whether he’s serious about an all-of-the-above approach to energy and American energy security.

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Broad Support For the Keystone XL

keystone xl pipeline  poll  economic security  us economy  energy  oil sands  natural gas  president obama  state department  congress  canada 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 7, 2014

A new Washington Post/ABC News poll on the Keystone XL pipeline adds to the drumbeat of strong public support for building the pipeline. The Post/ABC survey shows a nearly 3 to 1 margin, with 65 percent saying Keystone XL should be approved.

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On Energy, Oil and Natural Gas – Time to Follow Through

state of the union  president  petroleum  natural gas  drilling 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 13, 2013

President Obama’s State of the Union message clearly indicated he understands the role domestic oil and natural gas development can play in creating jobs and lifting the economy. Now, will he act? Will he do things to help foster an array of benefits the oil and natural gas industry can provide our country? Let’s go over what we heard Tuesday night.

The Deficit

The president: “Our work must begin by making some basic decisions about our budget – decisions that will have a huge impact on the strength of our recovery. … We are more than halfway towards the goal of $4 trillion in deficit reduction that economists say we need to stabilize our finances. Now we need to finish the job. And the question is, how?"

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ETR 128 More Taxes Mean Less Revenue

domestic energy  dual capacity  energy policy  government revenue  intangible drilling costs  section 199  taxes  president obama 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted March 15, 2011

In today's episode, I interview Brian Johnson, API's senior tax policy advisor, about the potential impact of the administration's energy tax proposals on the economy, U.S. jobs, and government revenues. 

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API to White House: Long Term Solutions Require Short Term Leadership

deepwater drilling  domestic energy  energy policy  gas prices  gasoline prices  government revenue  Jack Gerard  president obama 

Jack Gerard

Jack Gerard
Posted March 11, 2011

Editors Note: Earlier today, American Petroleum Institute President and CEO Jack Gerard responded to President Obama's press conference on the administration's energy policy options which failed to address the most important energy challenges facing our nation.

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Energy for the Economy

congress  domestic energy  energy  energy policy  gasoline  government revenue  oil and natural gas industry  president obama  renewable energy  state of american energy  state of the union 

John Felmy
Posted January 26, 2011

America has always been a frontier nation. From the wilds of New England and Virginia we crossed the continent, plumbed the depths of the oceans and launched ourselves high into space in the pursuit of opportunity. In the process we built the strongest economy the world has ever known and achieved a standard of living unimaginable even a century ago.

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The Impact of the Administration's Offshore Leasing Ban

access  alaska  chukchi sea  deepwater drilling  delaware  domestic energy  energy policy  florida  government revenue  gulf of mexico  leasing  offshore drilling  president obama  beaufort sea  offshore leasing plan 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted December 2, 2010

In a major policy reversal, the Obama administration yesterday announced that it would not include potentially energy-rich areas of the eastern Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic, and the Pacific in the government's next five-year offshore leasing plan. Further, the administration also officially delayed the next two lease sales for the central and western Gulf.

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