Oil in a day’s work

There’s a great article in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal for anyone concerned about U.S. efforts to meet our energy needs while reducing our dependence on foreign oil. As reporters Russell Gold and Daniel Gilbert explain: The U.S. is overtaking Russia as the world’s largest producer of oil and natural gas, a startling shift that is reshaping markets and eroding the clout of traditional energy-rich nations...

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. ..