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America’s Unconventional Oil and Natural Gas Surge and the Changing Global Energy Market

hydraulic fracturing  keystone xl  gulf coast  refineries  manufacturing  lng  Economy 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted September 27, 2013

Fracking is Helping U.S. Produce More of Its Own Energy

Fact Tank: Though many Americans apparently don’t realize it, the U.S. is producing considerably more of its own energy. Last year the U.S. generated a record 79.1 quadrillion Btu (British thermal units) domestically, nearly 14% more energy than in 2005, largely due to increased production of oil and natural gas.

And with the ongoing boom in “unconventional” oil and gas production, the nation is on track to produce even more energy this year. 


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The Tier 3 Game

epa  refineries  regulations 

Bob Greco

Bob Greco
Posted May 3, 2013

It’s one thing to have genuine differences over energy regulatory policy – as the oil and natural gas industry has with EPA’s proposed Tier 3 rule further lowering sulfur levels in gasoline. It’s quite another to see that the rulemaking process is being gamed.

Tier 3 Trouble

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Video: Industry’s ‘Downstream’ Keeps America on the Go

downstream  energy  fuel  refineries 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 11, 2013

Nice video below on the “downstream” folks of America’s oil and natural gas industry – the people who run refineries and deliver petroleum products across the U.S.

As the video says, these highly trained workers are the heart of the oil and natural gas industry.

They work in refineries, which support 540,000 good-paying jobs and contribute $268 billion to U.S. GDP, making fuels that literally run our economy and make modern mobility an afterthought for most of us.


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Energy Today – April 10, 2013

fracking  natural gas  refineries  oil 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted April 10, 2013

AEI IdeasEconomic Fact of the Day

According to new Bureau of Labor Statistics data, Midland, Texas, has the lowest metro jobless rate in the U.S. at 3.2 percent. What’s different about Midland, asks blogger Mark J. Perry. The town is in the heart of the Permian Basin oil field’s surging shale production – thanks to hydraulic fracturing.

Associated PressEnergy Secretary Nominee Backs Natural Gas ‘Revolution’

The AP recaps the nomination hearing for Ernest Moniz. During the hearing, Moniz noted the “stunning increase in domestic natural gas production” that has led to “reduced carbon emissions and a dramatic expansion of manufacturing and job creation.”

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Tier 3 and the Regulatory Wave

ozone  refineries  regulation 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 5, 2013

Reasons why the oil and natural gas industry talks about a regulatory “tsunami” coming down from EPA:

  • A newly proposed Tier 3 rule to further lower sulfur content in gasoline – that would have “very small” additional environmental benefit, according to a recent study. At the same time, it could increase the manufacturing cost of gasoline by up to 9 cents per gallon. (More on Tier 3 below.)
  • Increases in the federal ethanol mandate under the Renewable Fuel Standard – which could add to the manufacturing cost of gasoline by about 30 percent by 2015, according to a study by NERA Economic Consulting. (Posts on that here, here, here and here.)
  • A potential vapor pressure reduction requirement that could increase refinery costs.
  • An expected Refinery Sector Rule, new ozone requirements and greenhouse gas controls for refineries.

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