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Grounding Energy Policy in Reality

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz emphasized the Obama administration’s commitment to curbing CO2 emissions during an appearance at Columbia University Monday, but he also stressed that energy policies must be grounded in reality:The administration...

Posted August 29, 2013    

Cheers and Jeers: Reality and the EPA

for a change of pace: Kudos to EPA for deciding to give the oil and natural gas industry more time to install emissions controls on storage tanks.Phasing in the deadline for controls on volatile organic compounds emitted by storage tanks – through...

Posted August 9, 2013    

Gasoline Prices and Real Help for Consumers

API Chief Economist John Felmy’s reporter briefing Thursday focused attention on two paths: one that will increase domestic production of oil and natural gas and one that won’t. Unfortunately, the administration – via proposals to increase energy...

Posted July 8, 2013    

Taking on the EPA and E15 Testing

Time to set the record straight on EPA’s premature approval of E15 fuel for the marketplace – necessitated by EPA administrator nominee Gina McCarthy’s recent inaccurate and misleading responses to Senate questions about E15 testing. McCarthy was...

Posted May 21, 2013    

Rising U.S. Oil Supply and the Impact on Global Markets

Increasing U.S. domestic production of oil matters. Energy Information Administration (EIA) chief Adam Sieminski had this analysis at an energy conference earlier this week (h/t Breaking Energy):“There’s a fairly significant, long-standing...

Posted May 20, 2013    

BLM’s New Draft Fracking Rules

An early look at the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) proposed new rule governing hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian lands shows the challenge of trying to create a new rule that doesn’t just add regulation on top of effective state rules...

Posted May 18, 2013    

LNG Exports Could Create Big Job, Economic Numbers

Key findings in a new report by ICF International, analyzing the potential impacts of exporting U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG):Jobs – Average net growth is projected to range from 73,100 to 452,300 between 2016 and 2035.ICF:This wide estimated...

Posted May 17, 2013    

The Ethanol-Gasoline Cost Gap

Ethanol advocates often assert that ethanol costs less per gallon than gasoline while trying to justify the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).  While it’s true that on a gallon-to-gallon basis ethanol historically has been cheaper than gasoline,...

Posted May 15, 2013    

California: Energy Rich, Decision Poor

The Wall Street Journal has an incisive editorial this week that compares the diverging trajectories of two big, energy-rich states: Texas and California.Texas is flush with well-paying oil and natural gas jobs, supported by shale development...

Posted May 9, 2013    

The Tier 3 Game: EPA Regulations

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...

Posted May 5, 2013    

Managing Continuous Improvement in Offshore Drilling Safety [INFOGRAPHIC]

In an interview with Fuel Fix, Charlie Williams, director of the Center for Offshore Safety, fields a question about the perceptions surrounding the safety of drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico:“I think the biggest misconception is that not...

Posted May 4, 2013    

Keystone XL: Safe for the Environment

Each of the State Department’s four reviews of the Keystone XL pipeline – during the more than four years the project has been under consideration – focused primarily on the Keystone XL’s impacts on the environment: air, ground and surface water,...

Posted May 3, 2013