Hurry Up and Wait–Until After the Election

For those of you who look at the calendar and think Congress still has plenty of time to get important work done, you are probably sadly mistaken. Don’t expect much if anything out of Congress except must pass bills before the November elections. There are less than 60 calendar days until the September 19 (moved […]

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To Frack or Not To Frack in Colorado

Interestingly enough, the most interesting oil and gas debate may not be going on in here in the nation’s capital, but in the Centennial State of Colorado. After months of wrangling, Colorado Governor Hickenlooper pulled the plug on a special legislative session seeking to grant communities more control over Colorado’s booming oil and gas industry. […]

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Celebrating Independence Day

For over 50 years American presidents have pledged to deliver energy independence if they were elected. Time after time they didn’t deliver. But today, despite politicians, energy independence seems within our grasp and America should celebrate. Not just energy independence, because of the blessing of technology advances allowing us to produce oil and natural gas […]

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A Week of Great Contrasts

The death and destruction in and around Independence Square in the magnificent city of Kiev earlier this week served as a stark reminder that geopolitical maneuvering affects not just sovereign nations, but individuals and families as well. With a son living in Sevastopol, I watched the tragic events in Ukraine with tremendous sadness and breath-holding […]

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Beyond Electricity – to Electric Services

This week, at the annual Washington meeting of the National Association of Regulated Utility Commissioners, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Edison Electric Institute (EEI) issued a statement describing a joint, groundbreaking agreement between the two organizations. The NRDC-EEI joint agreement recognizes that the old electric utility model-sending electrons from centralized generator to distribution […]

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State of the Union: Freeze or Thaw?

The Washington Post illustrated President Obama’s State of the Union speech this week with a cartoon showing Congress bitterly divided by a “polar vortex” of partisan fervor. Given the frigid temperatures that have gripped Washington in recent weeks-both within and without the gray stone buildings that contain all three branches of the federal government-this was […]

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Earthquakes Fueling State Action

There have been a lot of news reports lately over whether earthquakes in active oil and gas production areas. The discussion began in earnest earlier this year after a National Academy of Sciences panel said oil and gas regulators should take steps to prevent man-made earthquakes. Several states are updating their rules regarding waste-water injection […]

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Outlook for 2014

Whenever we enter a new year, it’s always all about getting in shape. Turning the page on the calendar is about new beginnings and it’s no different when it comes to America’s energy and environment outlook. With Congress unable to move much legislation, the administration’s energy and environment agenda is the most likely to move […]

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What Changing Senate Chairs Portend

Talk about change for energy and tax policy. On the heels of the release of Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) tax reform draft proposal on energy, the White House announced that he has been nominated for ambassador to China. Last week the big news in the energy policy world was the return of John Podesta to […]

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