CEQ-ing compromise on energy exports

Recent news articles (see here, here and here, for example) in the Pacific Northwest show that environmentalists and energy companies are ramping up their public arguments over whether the federal government needs to include possible climate change impacts as part of the environmental impact statement (EIS) for Clean Water Act Section 404 permits. ..

The right way forward on oil & gas development

Media attention on America’s energy independence has been significant recently.  To take just two examples: Washington Post columnist Robert Samuelson weighed in with an oped, “Don’t kill the shale-gas boom” and The January issue of Esquire has an almost 8,000-word article, “Thank you for fracking.” Policy discussions these days often generate more heat than light – cable TV talk shows, for example. ..

Assessing Risk in a Global Energy Market

This week in Washington, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a first annual report called the International Index of Energy Security Risk. The report compares the relative energy security of countries around the world, with some interesting and unexpected insights. While there have been previous studies of U.S...

The canary is still singing

Kudos to Greg Walcher, former Director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources and a member of Dawson & Associates team since 2006. Greg has an article in the new issue of American Coal Magazine entitled “The Canary Is Still Singing.” It focuses on the nation’s energy policies, specifically what Greg argues forcefully is a misplaced and expensive faith in untested energy sources...