Broad New Energy Legislation On Its Way

Comprehensive energy legislation will be introduced shortly after the 4th in the House. It is expected to be marked up by the House Energy and Commerce Committee later that month. The bill, which could be a vehicle for legislation requiring an expedited federal approval process for liquefied natural gas export projects and cross-border pipelines and […]

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Global Water Resources Being Depleted at A Rapid Rate

Humans are depleting a large portion of the world’s groundwater resources, and they are not being naturally refilled, researchers said. The scientists at the University of California Irvine used data from National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) satellites to determine drainage of the world’s largest groundwater aquifers in recent years. They found that a third […]

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Senate ENR Chairman Introduces Major Energy Plan

Last week, Chairman Lisa Murkowski introduced seventeen legislative proposals to modernize America’s energy policies. These proposals range from increasing the use of renewable energy to the continued operation of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. The proposals are being introduced in advance of legislative hearings related to broad energy legislation she hopes to report out of the […]

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Comprehensive Energy Policy A Goal of New Congress

After successfully passing the Keystone XL legislation which include over 40 votes on a variety of energy proposals, House Republicans are pushing a comprehensive policy package for energy that aims to ease pipeline permits, train more workers for the industry and wield increased production as a diplomatic tool. They want to move the legislation through […]

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What is True About What is Riding the Rails

As energy production has dramatically increased over the last several years, so has the traffic on trains, pipelines, trucks and barges. As new pipeline construction is slowed down by regulatory and lower energy prices (see clip below), increasingly rail has been the go-to means of transportation. Of course, with that increase in rail traffic for […]

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An American Success Story or Tragedy?

The U.S. oil industry is an amazing success story. The almost overnight growth in production nearing the historic peak production level of 1970 is historical. Low interest rates and technology developments have driven production growth to annual rates of greater than 14% each year over the last 5 year. Even with the steep drop in […]

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A New Senate–A Free and Open Debate on Energy

The debate over the Keystone XL pipeline S. 1 has dominated business in the U.S. Senate as the new session has begun. But it is not the debate over the pipeline that should be the focus. Several unexpected milestones have already come out of the debate that are completely unrelated to the issue at hand. […]

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