So who's to blame for those high gas prices at the pump? Obama? George W. Bush? Oil speculators? Continue
But a much larger puzzle is America's energy resources and our energy policy. We talk with Dr. Daniel Fine, an associate with the New Mexico Center for Energy to get a handle on all of this.
What role do speculators have in the oil prices? Is it all just more of the "blame game" by Obama? But what role does he have in it?
And if Republicans are secretly hoping…
Added by Fine Helen on April 19, 2012 at 9:49pm —
Nearly 40 years ago, when the first oil price shock from the Middle East and OPEC disrupted the American economy, North Carolina and Appalachia briefly became an oil and gas frontier. Following geological investigations, Chevron drilled an exploratory well in the Deep River Basin beneath Lee County, N.C. Oil was discovered at 5,000 feet, but it contained excessive paraffin and Chevron plugged the well.
It remains there today as a new natural gas and oil technology has emerged: the… Continue
Added by Fine Helen on March 27, 2012 at 4:07pm —
Dr. Daniel Fine of the … Continue
Added by Fine Helen on March 6, 2012 at 1:07pm —
The John Locke Foundation and the Jesse Helms Center
Cordially invites you to
a meeting of the Shaftesbury Society
with our special guest
Added by Fine Helen on February 22, 2012 at 4:22pm —
SOCORRO, N.M. January 10, 2012 – As oil companies deploy hundreds of wells in northeast Pennsylvania to tap into the lucrative “shale gas” deposits, many are weighing the environmental impacts, the economic outlook and the regulatory climate related to the latest bonanza in domestic natural gas production.
Now, the New Mexico Center for Energy Policy – a research wing of New Mexico Tech – is taking the lead in framing the debate on these hot-button issues. The Center and the Economic… Continue
Added by Fine Helen on January 10, 2012 at 4:39pm —
Many months ago I posted
-EPA denies climate change challenges
- that the Climate Scientist Reported: stolen emails undermined the Climate Change Reports
So I thought it was especially appropriate to include the following email I received from the Alliance to Save Energy-News You Can Use
-via New York Times… Continue
Added by Scott's Contracting on February 25, 2011 at 5:03pm —
Nick Chambers, Gas2.org, March 3rd, 2010
Eighty-four US House Republicans yesterday introduced a bill to nullify the EPA finding late last year that greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide represent a threat to human health and therefore should be regulated as pollutants under the… Continue
Added by W. Dan Chance on March 4, 2010 at 5:30pm —
For more than a decade the energy industry has steadfastly argued before courts, Congress and the public that the federal law protecting drinking water should not be applied to hydraulic fracturing , the industrial process that is essential to extracting the nation's vast natural gas reserves. In 2005 Congress, persuaded, passed a law prohibiting such regulation.
Now an important part of that argument -- that most of the millions of gallons of toxic chemicals that drillers inject… Continue
Added by Scott Baker on December 27, 2009 at 10:14pm —
As environmental concerns threaten to derail natural gas drilling projects across the country, the energy industry has developed innovative ways to make it easier to exploit the nation's reserves without polluting air and drinking water.
Energy companies have figured out how to drill wells with fewer toxic chemicals, enclose wastewater so it can't contaminate streams and groundwater, and sharply curb emissions from everything from truck traffic to leaky gas well valves. Some of their… Continue
Added by Scott Baker on December 15, 2009 at 3:32am —
The net effect of restrictions on mountaintop removal on the Central Appalachian economy is uncertain, but a growing body of evidence suggests that the region’s dependence on coal for jobs has not proved a boon. Economic diversification in Central Appalachia would promote a healthier, more stable economy. Research continues to shed more light on the economic and health costs of coal mining.…
Added by Robert Schultz on October 19, 2009 at 2:29pm —
Well, I've had it. As anyone who has followed my history with the Pickens' Plan knows, I was originally an enthusiastic supporter of NG drilling and weaning us off foreign oil. But the unique (to this country) dangers of fracking to get NG out of the ground compel me to come out against
this aspect of the Pickens' Plan. There is simply too much evidence of damage to watersheds; fantastic volumes of water needed, beyond what watersheds, often in drought areas can provide; and grossly… Continue
Added by Scott Baker on October 9, 2009 at 3:09am —
Ready or not, here comes the drill! NY State just issued guidelines to natural gas drilling in New York State. These do NOT prohibit drilling near the vulnerable Catskill Watershed - home to 90% of New York City's water, all of it UNFILTERED. Will we wake up one morning to the smell of natural gas in our taps and showers? This is what has happened all over the country, though never on such a catastrophic scale as it would be if New York's watershed were to be contaminated. Remediation would be… Continue
Added by Scott Baker on October 1, 2009 at 9:56am —
All is not quiet on the Marcellus Front...
After three chemical spills  in the past nine days, and following a history of environmental problems over the last year , Pennsylvania officials have ordered Cabot Oil and Gas, one of the most active natural gas companies in the state, to stop its hydraulic fracturing operations in Susquehanna County pending an intensive review.
"The department took this action because of our concern about Cabot's current fracking… Continue
Added by Scott Baker on September 25, 2009 at 8:31pm —
As you can see below, there is another army - one concerned with preserving our drinking water, rather than adding irresponsibly to our already over-stocked supply of Natural Gas (Natural Gas is at a multi-year low in price).
At the Frying Pan, Pier 66 @ 26th Street & Hudson River Park, NYC
Featured Musical Artists:
Vanessa Bley, Ayler Young and the Reason, and Black Taxi
Special Guest: Manhattan Borough President Scott… Continue
Added by Scott Baker on September 24, 2009 at 4:36am —
"Pennsylvania environment officials are racing to clean up as much as 8,000 gallons of dangerous drilling fluids after a series of spills at a natural gas production site near the town of Dimock late last week...The incident is the latest in a series of environmental problems  connected to Cabot’s drilling in the Dimock area. Last winter drinking water in several area homes  was found to contain metals and methane gas that state officials determined leaked… Continue
Added by Scott Baker on September 21, 2009 at 6:31pm —
Anyone who cares as much for our environment as for getting off foreign oil, needs to support the FRAC Act. See below. This may not be enough - we still need an EPA with teeth to investigate and even shut down NG drilling if they are polluting ground water, and charge the offenders with cleaning it up and with meaningful fines.
Casey, House Members Introduce Companion Bills To Protect Drinking Water from Natural Gas Fracking
American Public Deserves to Know Chemicals Used… Continue
Added by Scott Baker on September 6, 2009 at 4:28am —
"Federal environment officials investigating drinking water contamination  near the ranching town of Pavillion, Wyo., have found that at least three water wells contain a chemical used in the natural gas drilling process of hydraulic fracturing. Scientists also found traces of other contaminants, including oil, gas or metals, in 11 of 39 wells tested there since March.
The study, which is being conducted under the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund program, is the first… Continue
Added by Scott Baker on September 4, 2009 at 2:45am —
This past Thursday I had the opportunity to attend the hearings at the EPA
on whether or not to restore the California Air Resources Board (CARB) clean air standards
. I went there with the Union of Concerned Scientists and was supposed to testify but I didn't realize the meeting would go on for so long and unfortunately had to leave before I was scheduled to… Continue
Added by mike on April 6, 2009 at 9:19am —
I currently live in Texas, when I am able to get home.
Mostly, I live in my truck delivering Americas Food & Clothing.
California is where I was born & raised.
I am of a Family of Migrant Field Workers who came to California before the Freeways.
I grew up at the beaches in Venice, Oxnard, Malibu, Arcata, Trinidad, and Carlsbad as a child of the Welfare System.
After a life of struggles as a Single Mother, I am now an “Over the Road”… Continue
Added by TruckerDesiree on April 5, 2009 at 7:15am —
I just sent this message to my Representative, Mike Rogers and my two Senators (Sessions and Shelby). If you think well of doing the same for your people, DO IT. If you don't know how to contact them find their listing at http://www.conservativeusa.org/mega-cong.htm
Take the shackles off alternative energy for transportation. You can speed up the conversion of our automobiles by several… Continue
Added by W. Dan Chance on March 12, 2009 at 1:33pm —