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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To Tax or Not to Tax–Gasoline

As gasoline prices in the U.S. have fallen, many policymakers on both sides of the aisle have started to look seriously at raising the federal portion of the gasoline tax to pay for upgrading American transportation infrastructure. The federal gas tax is now 18.4 cents a gallon and the logic seems to be that motorists […]

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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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