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On Keystone XL Pipeline: It’s About the Jobs, the Economy and Security

Re: creativity/innovation - the oil and natural gas industry is on it. The need for improvements in efficiencies, safeguards and "out of the box" thinking, when it comes to developing the energy that runs our economy and supports modern living, is constantly driving industry forward. Check out some of the innovations highlighted at IHS CERAWeek recently in Houston. As well, industry invested $71 billion in low- and zero-carbon technologies from 2000 to 2010 - way more than the federal government and nearly as much as the rest of private investment combined.

April 2, 2013    View Comment    

On New Survey: Majority of US Against Raising Energy Taxes

Bob,

I'm not sure why the link to Harris' poll didn't make the posting on the EC site. In the original posting on Energy Tomorrow.org, the link is apparent and functioning:

http://www.api.org/~/media/D1764454005B416FAE71871A7EE6EFF4.pdf

As for Comstock's comment about "our" poll, he's referring to the fact API commissioned Harris' survey. Many public opinion surveys are commissioned by different groups. Harris' findings in a poll commissioned by API aren't diminished any more than the findings of polls done for the Sierra Club or NRDC are diminished because they were sponsored by those groups. 

March 25, 2013    View Comment    

On Oil Sands: The Resources, The Technologies, The Consequences

Good discussion of oil sands and I agree, debate in the U.S. over the Keystone XL pipeline is proxy in nature because the pipeline itself will have virtually zero GHG emissions. Otherwise, it's important to know that oil sands extraction has an important reclamation component that perhaps Mark will cover in future posts. When I visited Suncor's operation in Alberta a couple of years ago, I saw a 550-acre former tailings pond that had been restored to lush vegetation with thousands of tree seedlings taking root and teeming in wildlife. Related to that is new technology that allows water reclamation and the drying of clay tailings in a matter of weeks instead of decades - which significantly speeds up the replanting of grasses, shrubs and trees. This is driven by corporate commitment but also by provincial and federal environmental requirements. Canadians care a great deal about the environment, and they're simply not leaving the land scarred. Meanwhile, a great deal of extraction is done through in-situ drilling and steam-assisted gravity drainage that allows a very small footprint in the boreal forest. I'm told that in the future 75 to 80 percent of oil sands extraction will be done this way.

February 19, 2013    View Comment    

On Ethanol: Back to the Facts on E15

Steve, your comment has a number of misstatements – such as the assertion no OEMs were involved in this testing. But let’s focus on one – your comment about CRC’s 2006 E-67 testing. The specific aim of that program was to evaluate emissions effects associated with varying the ethanol content and distillation properties (T50 and T90) of gasoline. Had the test fuels been splash- as opposed to match-blended, then other properties in addition to ethanol content and distillation would have varied, confounding the interpretation of the results. Bottom line on E15: This is a consumer issue. Millions of cars and light-duty trucks on the road today weren’t designed to run on this fuel, which is why a number of automakers say warranties won’t cover damage from its use. The decision to approve E15 for the market was premature and should be pulled back to spare consumers the burden of potential costs and significant inconvenience.

 

February 7, 2013    View Comment    

On Ethanol: Back to the Facts on E15

Thanks for your comment. As the article says, CRC has been involved in vehicle testing for a long time and its research has been considered the gold standard in this area. Since RFA currently is sponsoring another CRC research project, it looks like RFA doesn't question CRC's objectivity unless it produces a result it doesn't like. The larger question remains: Why did EPA approve E15 for public use when it knew there was significant testing still under way by a reputable organization, one it has worked with in the past? Americans value safe, reliable energy, and it appears E15 has a ways to go to satisfy that test.

February 2, 2013    View Comment    

On The Politics of Energy

America's oil and natural gas companies are, in fact, more than just oil and gas. From 2000 to 2010 they invested $71 billion in low- and zero-carbon emitting technologies - nearly twice that of the federal government ($43 billion) and almost as much as the rest of U.S. private industry combined ($74 billion). The other fact to remember is that oil and natural gas currently supply 62 percent of the energy we use. Other technologies are important for our future energy security, but our economy is largely powered by oil and gas and will be for decades to come. Discussion of our future energy choices is healthy, but it must be fact-based and recognize that the foundation of our way of life is affordable, reliable, scalable energy. 

September 21, 2012    View Comment    

On On Energy, the American People’s Bidding

The public opinion research firm that conducted this survey, Harris Interactive, is a member of the Council of American Survey Research Organizations (CASRO) and follows CASRO’s code of standards and ethics.  If you review other publicly available polls of “voters,” or “registered voters” or “likely voters” from other nationally known research organizations, you will see that it is quite standard to interview about 1,000 respondents from across the country, with some polls asking just 800 to get a representational sample.  It is also quite standard to obtain results over the course of two to four days so that responses are not skewed by day-specific circumstances.  Lastly, the “income” question asked of respondents is for their household’s income, not the respondent’s sole income.

 

September 4, 2012    View Comment    

On Energy: It’s About Jobs

Rick, thanks for the comment. Our industry operates and serves in the world as it is -- and as it's projected to be by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. EIA says we get something like 60 percent of our energy today from oil and natural gas and that in 2035 it'll still be more than 55 percent. Meanwhile, a number of our companies are invested in other energy technologies, so it's an industry that truly is trying to meet needs while looking to the future. Biofuels is certainly an important piece of a strategy that, with the right policies in place, could see the U.S. meet 100 percent of its liquid fuel needs from North American sources over the next dozen or so years. That's a prospect that has a lot of people excited -- the idea that energy self-sufficiency is within reach.

July 10, 2012    View Comment    

On Energy: It’s About Jobs

Paul, if I had a prettier face, you can be sure it would appear here on EC. And yes, I really do exist -- at least I think I do.

July 10, 2012    View Comment    

On Big Numbers: North America's Fossil Inventory

Thanks for the comment! The statement misleads as to the size of U.S. oil reserves, supporting the conclusion that increased domestic oil production, as a piece of an energy strategy, is a waste of time. The IER report says we've got a lot of oil and natural gas out there. Which is great news since the U.S. Energy Information Administration says that oil and gas still will supply more than 50 percent of our energy in 2035.

December 7, 2011    View Comment    

On Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Breakdown

Bill, check out this site: http://fracfocus.org/. Doesn't look like an industry that's opposed to disclosure. Also, as with everything, you've got to consider the source of the frack fluid/carcinogens report.

 

November 11, 2011    View Comment