Spending Bill Includes Energy/Environment Policy Changes

The $1.1 trillion bipartisan House-Senate omnibus spending bill passed this weekend will be the last big funding measure for at least the next two years in which a Democratic Senate majority can restrain Republican efforts to use Congress’ spending powers to rein in the president and his agencies. Surprisingly it doesn’t contain any all-out attacks […]

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OPEC Gambles Big On Retaining Market Share, Likely to Harm American Growth in Production

http://www.energymatters.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Oil-Tanker.jpg OPEC’s decision to maintain prices not only demonstrates the Saudi’s continued dominance of OPEC, but also its intent to act to again protect its market share. Although presented as a consensus, it was clear before and after the meeting that other OPEC members would have preferred a cut in the cartel’s production levels. They […]

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Historical Energy and Environment Ad Spend Impact On Elections

According to the Cook Political Report, energy and environmental advertising has surged during the most recent election to being the biggest cycle for energy/environment-related advertising, ever. And, according to The Economist, 102,400 ads had been run by Democrats and Republicans about energy and the environment as of October 17, 2014, with Democrats leading the way […]

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Electricity CO2 Emissions Down As Switching and Demand Reductions Increase

U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) have declined in five of the past eight years primarily because of demand reductions. At the same time generation switching from coal to natural gas and renewables has added to a reduction in 2013 totaling 2,053 million metric tons (MMmt), about 15% below their 2005 level. According to EIA, […]

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Energy Costs Really Matter in Farm Operations

U.S. farm country used nearly 800 trillion British thermal units (Btu) of energy in 2012, about as much energy as used by 3 million Americans. Agricultural energy consumption includes energy needed to grow and harvest crops and energy needed to grow livestock. Crop operations consume much more energy than livestock operations, and energy expenditures for […]

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Platt’s Oil Big Five Trends

Platt’s does a great job identifying recent trends in the oil and gas business. Here is a summary of their latest thinking on oil as we roll into midterm elections in the United States. 1. Middle Eastern sour crudes under pressure, despite rising margins. Even though there’s been a recent improvement in cracking margins, lukewarm […]

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BSEE Needs to Act on IG Recommendations on Permitting

As a former state regulator overseeing oil and gas drilling, I was concerned to read the report out this week evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of the U.S. Department of Interior’s (DOl) offshore oil and gas permitting program managed by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). The BSEE was created following the Deepwater […]

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In A Dsyfunctional Congress, Advantage Goes to the Regulator

As you can see in the chart, the President and his Administration have a distinct advantage when Congress cannot work through the regular order to get legislation enacted. It defeats the checks and balances built into our Constitution when Congressional oversight cannot function. And the effect of regulation is the same as legislation enacted. 
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