It’s Time to Pass Shaheen-Portman

I remember an observation from the 1980 election — and although I can’t recall the observer — I can recall the quote verbatim: “Washington has grown too big to deal with the small problems and too small-minded to deal with the big ones.” Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) have done their level […]

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Why Is US Gasoline Demand Falling?

There are several different reasons why debate over the second U.S. Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS-2), set in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, has grown so heated recently. But, the root cause of the controversy is pretty simple. Demand for gasoline in the United States has declined since 2007 and the ethanol and […]

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Boom and Bust in the Shale Patch

Given One More Chance, How Not to Screw It Up According to a recent AP article, a hotel owner in the center of the Fayetteville (Arkansas) Shale field, made more than $1million in 2009 providing housing for the energy industry and now, less than 5 years later, he makes less than half that amount. No […]

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Can’t We All Just Get Along?

The short answer to that question is: no. When it comes to U.S. energy policy, we can’t all just get along. But the deeper question to ponder is this: Can’t we at least find more common ground? Energy — like food and water — is vital to human survival and, given its essential nature, the […]

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Viva Energia en Mexico!

A historic event for the energy industry is developing south of our border, as Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has announced a plan to end the 75 year nationalization of oil and natural gas production, along with opening up competition for retail sale of electricity and natural gas. (This is particularly newsworthy since Mexico was […]

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Putting Real Energy in Tax Reform

“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” — L.M. Montgomery Indeed, in life and strangely enough finally with this country’s tax code, this country later this month is getting a fresh start on expanding what is possible as a nation in that arcane of all […]

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President Obama’s Energy Plan

Half Empty or Half Full? When the car’s fuel gauge is at the halfway mark, is the tank half empty or half full? Such is the question regarding the president’s energy plan and the public’s willingness to embrace it. The plan fulfills a commitment to the environmental and clean energy community who were important to […]

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Time for America to Get Tough

Recent severe weather events make clear that we have to take action now on hardening and upgrading America’s energy infrastructure. To underscore the urgency, this summer’s weather will again stress our existing energy infrastructure with prolonged high temperatures and severe storms according to a recent energy market and reliability assessment by the Federal Energy Regulatory […]

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