States hoping to capitalize on their energy booms are running into resistance from local officials who want to be able to police the noise and industrialization that accompany oil-and-gas drilling. Continue reading
Dave Montgomery The Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Austin: A University of Texas study says there’s no direct link between groundwater contamination and a controversial process to extract oil and gas known as fracking. Continue reading
China will get the oil from Canada that could have come to the U.S.
The past year may have been one for political gridlock and economic stagnation, but the energy world saw some of the most important achievements of the past few decades. Continue reading
Since the Obama administration seems to do everything in its power to stonewall the domestic energy industry, including weak non-decisions like the Keystone pipeline, keeping up a virtual drilling moratorium, and creating-then-promptly-losing “green” jobs, it doesn’t surprise me in the slightest that the President is starting to lose some traction among blue collar workers. From a new CNN/ORC poll: Continue reading
The Environmental Protection Agency is likely to play an unusually prominent role in the 2012 presidential election, reflecting ongoing partisan debate in Congress over the ties between environmental regulations and jobs.
“What we’re going to see in this cycle is a lot of bitterness. … It’s going to be more partisan than it’s ever been,” said GOP environmental strategist Chelsea Maxwell. “So the energy and environment issues will definitely creep into that.” Continue reading
Perry has made energy exploration and drilling for oil a central tenant of his policy for fixing the economy as a Republican presidential candidate.
Not long ago, Bill Kerrigan toured Eagle Ford Shale, a string of oil and natural gas fields south of San Antonio, Texas, that stretches across 24 counties and has yielded just shy of five million barrels of oil between January and July of this year. In that time, Eagle Ford has brought tens of thousands of workers to south Texas and turned tiny desert communities into boomtowns.
“That’s one thing about oil,” say Kerrigan, who heads Arkose Energy, an oil exploration firm based in Nashville, It’s good at creating jobs, and it does it quickly. And I don’t know of a minimum-paying job in the oil industry.”
Looking at the activity at Eagle Ford Shale, Kerrigan remembers thinking, “I wish someone from Washington would come see this.” Continue reading
It provides low-cost power to keep our state’s electric bills affordable and our industries competitive. In this time of economic uncertainty and strained middle-class family budgets, it would be unwise to institute regulations that cost jobs and raise household expenses. Unfortunately, some have not thoroughly examined the broader impact on our economy new federal regulations could have.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Utility Maximum Achievable Control Technology Rule will put tens of thousands of jobs in our state directly at risk by affecting Hoosiers‘ utilities that rely on coal-fired power to keep our lights on and manufacturing facilities working. Even though the electric utility industry has invested billions of dollars over the past two decades to reduce emissions, the Utility MACT Rule orders coal-fired utilities to spend additional billions on retrofitting technologies to decrease the amount of emissions released as a production byproduct. Power plants that cannot reasonably afford these compliance costs will have to shut down and be replaced in a short timeframe by new generation and transmission at substantial cost to consumers. Continue reading
By CHRIS TOMLINSON
Perry has cut funding for clean air programs and sued the Environmental Protection Agency to avoid enforcing laws to make the air cleaner. As part of his Republican presidential campaign, he routinely blasts the White House for tightening environmental standards.
“As president, I would roll back the radical agenda of President Obama’s job-killing Environmental Protection Agency,” Perry wrote recently in an op-ed for the New Hampshire Union-Leader. “Our nation does not need costly new federal restrictions, especially during our present economic crisis.”
By Jamie Klatell
“We will have an energy independence strategy because America has the resources to become energy independent. We have enough oil, coal, natural gas, shale oil,” Cain said at the Iowa Faith and Freedom dinner in Des Moines. “We have the resources to become energy independent, and my team is already working on putting that strategy together.”
He said that the U.S. needs to produce its own energy and stop relying on sources “in countries that don’t like us very much.” Continue reading