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Energy Today – August 15, 2013

Environment  rfs34  ethanol  fuels  taxes 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted August 15, 2013

Say Anything Blog Despite Record Production, State Oil Regulator Says Tax & Regulatory Uncertainty Hurting Investment

North Dakota blogger Rob Port comments on concerns voiced by the state’s mineral resources director: “It’s always been a hard sell to the public at large that North Dakota’s oil boom – the goose laying the golden eggs – isn’t a given. To ensure the boom is something more than a boom-and-bust, the state should be looking at simplifying the tax code.”

The Hill’s Energy & Environment Blog – EPA’s McCarthy: Responsible Natural Gas Production Key to Climate Strategy

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, speaking in Colorado: “Responsible development of natural gas is an important part of our work to curb climate change and support a robust clean energy market at home.”

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Hydraulic Fracturing in PA: Safety and Professionalism

hydraulic fracturing  fracking  natural gas  oil  marcellus  Environment 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted August 1, 2013

There’s much that impresses about hydraulic fracturing if you see it up close, which I did during a recent tour of Anadarko Petroleum natural gas operations near Williamsport, Pa.: the technology, the company’s highly skilled workers, the game-changing resource opportunities in the Marcellus Shale and more. 

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EPA Should Withdraw Pavillion Report and Data

Environment  hydraulic fracturing  epa study on hydraulic fracturing 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted July 16, 2013

From time to time we hear it claimed that the oil and natural gas industry is somehow keeping federal officials from enforcing pertinent environmental laws or exercising due oversight. Conspiracy allegations no doubt make good fundraising fodder and surely boost one’s chances of gaining entrée in certain circles.

Yet, EPA missteps in a handful of recent cases involving natural gas and hydraulic fracturing suggest something else: an agency that sometimes has acted hastily, imprudently, on a foundation of faulty science leading to unfounded conclusions.

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Energy Today – July 9, 2013

Energy 101  Environment  fracking  hydraulic fracturing  renewable fuel standard  rfs34  ethanol 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted July 9, 2013

New York Post – Fracking Phobia Fails Yet Again

In a guest post, National Review Online’s Rich Lowry takes issue with a new film’s claims that the EPA is a “tool of the oil and natural gas industry.” It never occurs to anti-fracking crusaders that perhaps the evidence doesn’t back up the anti-fracking hysteria, he writes.

Omaha.com – Ethanol Critics Rev Up Efforts to Repeal RFS Mandate

The news magazine highlights the debate over the Renewable Fuel Standard, which will be the subject of an  upcoming House hearing. “There will be a push in our committee by some, Republicans and Democrats, to do away with the RFS, saying that it's just completely unnecessary today," said Rep. Lee Terry.

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Energy Today - July 1, 2013

Energy 101  natural gas  oil  Environment  lng  renewables  keystone xl  Pipeline  Shale 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted July 1, 2013

Energy Outlook - President's Climate Plan Hinges on Natural Gas

President Obama's plan for addressing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions depends heavily on expanded hydraulic fracturing of domestic shale gas resources, writes Geoffrey Styles.

News and Sentinel.comEducational Program Focuses on Oil and Natural Gas Jobs

In an effort to train more workers for the surging shale industry, Ohio’s Washington State Community College hosted an informational session on opportunities for students and workers with an emphasis on filling new positions locally.

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Whacking Disingenuous Arguments on Keystone XL

Economy  Energy 101  Environment  Jobs and Economy  keystone xl  oil sands  Pipeline  state department 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted June 28, 2013

Raise your hand if you’ve played “Whack-A-Mole,” the old staple of arcades and carnivals, where the object is bopping the heads of mechanical varmints with a padded mallet as they rapidly and randomly pop up through multiple holes in the game table.

The concept pretty well captures tactics Keystone XL pipeline and Canadian oil sands opponents have used to help delay the Keystone XL, a shovel-ready project that would create tens of thousands of U.S. jobs, help grow our economy and make the U.S. more energy secure.

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Study: Oil Sands Crude is Indeed Oil

bitumen  oil sands  Pipeline  Energy 101  Environment and Safety 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted June 25, 2013

An article of faith with the anti-oil sands crowd is that the crude from Canada is dangerous because it’s more corrosive to pipelines than other crudes and therefore more prone to cause pipeline failures, leaks, spills and … you know the rest. You can sample some of that rhetoric here and here. But then consider something so much more authoritative than rhetoric: science.

A new study finds that Alberta oil sands crude is, well, oil and just as safe to transport via pipeline as other types of crudes. From the report of an expert panel formed by the National Research Council (an arm of the National Academy of Sciences):

The committee does not find any causes of pipeline failure unique to the transportation of diluted bitumen. Furthermore, the committee does not find evidence of chemical or physical properties of diluted bitumen that are outside the range of other crude oils or any other aspect of its transportation by transmission pipeline that would make diluted bitumen more likely than other crude oils to cause releases.

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Poll: U.S. Environmental Concern Declines

climate change  gallup poll  global warming  gallup environment poll  poll about environment 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted March 16, 2010

Americans are less worried about a series of environmental problems than at any time in the past 20 years. That's the conclusion of a new Gallup poll released today. According to the poll, Americans are least concerned about global warming and most concerned about drinking water.

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Kerry-Boxer Goes to the Floor

climate bill  climate legislation  domestic energy  energy policy  epa  Jack Gerard  kerry-boxer  waxman-markey  senate environment and public works committee 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 5, 2009

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee today voted to send the Kerry-Boxer climate bill to the Senate floor without amendments. Only Democrats were in attendance for the vote, and Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mt.) voted against the bill, saying he would withhold his support contingent on the adoption of some pro-agriculture amendments. 

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Kerry-Boxer Hearings: Day 3

climate bill  climate legislation  congress  energy  kerry-boxer  waxman-markey  environment and public works committee 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 30, 2009

The ongoing debate over the Kerry-Boxer climate bill has tended to focus primarily on two issues: the bill's potential costs and its proposed environmental benefits. But there are at least two other critically important items that have not been addressed adequately by the bill's sponsors. Both were mentioned briefly at yesterday's hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing. 

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