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More on the Moral Case for Fossil Fuels and Other Topics

Posted in Climate Change, Environmental Policy

My recent post about Alex Epstein and the moral case for fossil fuels told only part of his story. He also says that the global warming “alarmists” have it all wrong. He refers to “unambiguous” data that CO2 emissions have risen from an atmosphere concentration of .03% to .04%, while over the same period climate-related deaths have… Continue Reading

The Moral Case For Fossil Fuels

Posted in Energy Policy, Environmental Policy

Do bystanders see oil and gas producers as taking a stand for morality?  Alex Epstein of the Center for Industrial Progress says they should.  He approaches the value of fossil fuels in our society differently from most industry defenders. The opponents make a moral case against fossil fuels: They destroy the earth and their use must be… Continue Reading

Reseeding with Native Grasses after Operations – Keeping the Eagle Ford Native

Posted in Environmental Policy

Co-author Travis Booher How is a producer to deal with a demanding and formidable lessor’s insistence on stringent surface protection? How about demands from environmental groups and government entities? One way might be to educate himself and his fellow stakeholders. One group at the forefront of education efforts is Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research… Continue Reading

Four Horsemen of the Environmental Apocalypse

Posted in Energy Policy, Environmental Policy

In the Book of Revelation, the really scary guys were the four horsemen. Now, as then, some would have you believe that the end times are upon us. This time it is because of fracking. Is it really? Absent from many discussions about oil and gas drilling are fairness and objectivity. In their place are the modern horsepersons of the anti-drilling movement. There are many, but let’s focus… Continue Reading

Different Takes on the President’s Climate Change Policy

Posted in Energy Policy, Environmental Policy

We begin with a tribute to global warming of a different sort. For those not yet overexposed to reports on President Obama’s climate change policy announcement, I offer this reasonably objective factual summary of the highlights from the Washington Post (rather than the platitudes underlying many reports). A link to the text of the President’s plan is embedded in… Continue Reading

President to Unveil Energy Policy

Posted in Energy Policy, Environmental Policy

Politico and other sources report that President Obama promised a crowd of supporters in northern California recently that he would unveil his climate change strategy sometime soon. What it might look like is unknown.  It has been suggested that the policy will revolve around EPA pollution sources like power plants.  It is reported that there is no relation… Continue Reading

The Fracking Debate is Not Unique to the United States.

Posted in Energy Policy, Environmental Policy

I spent the better part of last week surrounded by foreigners … which is to be expected because I was in a foreign country, the Netherlands to be precise. Looper Reed has joined First Law International, a consortium of select, highly-rated law firms in over 45 countries, assembled to give businesses in one country, the United States for example, access to counsel… Continue Reading

How Much Water Does Fracking Shale Gas Consume, and Where?

Posted in Environmental Policy, Hydraulic Fracturing

Jesse Jenkins of the Energy Collective ponders the question. He reports as follows: According to the US Energy Information Administration 27,000 new gas wells were completed in the U.S. in 2011, many of which were horizontal wells implementing hydraulic fracturing. Each well consumes 5 million gallons of water per well for fracking and completion. He… Continue Reading

A Look at Two Approaches to Oil and Gas Regulation

Posted in Energy Policy, Environmental Policy, Hydraulic Fracturing

This is a tale of two regulatory schemes. First, there is the federal way, and I’m not making this up: In my last post we learned that if the BLM, when preparing its PRMP/FEIS (which in some incomprehensible way is different from a PRMP/EIS, but which nevertheless includes an RFD) which is issued by an EA and adopted… Continue Reading

Fracking Stymied on Federal Lands in California

Posted in Environmental Policy, Hydraulic Fracturing

In an opinion with as many acronyms as the Dallas Cowboys have draft-pick detractors, a California federal court in Center For Biological Diversity v. Bureau of Land Management, held that the BLM violated the National Environmental Policy Act in its assessment of oil and gas leases on federal lands in California. A “FONSI” – a Finding of No Significant Impact… Continue Reading

HOW MUCH CONSENSUS IS THERE ON GLOBAL WARMING?

Posted in Energy Policy, Environmental Policy

This post is not from a global warming denier. But I do appreciate even-handed assessments of the situation. Here are two reports that fit the bill.  In the London Telegraph, Geoffrey Lean says that recent research suggests climate change might not be as catastrophic as the gloomiest forecasts. But he warns that it will be decades, if not centuries,… Continue Reading

What Can the Energy Industry Expect from Obama’s Second Term?

Posted in Energy Policy, Environmental Policy

“It is better to stop a bad law than pass a good one.” Calvin Coolidge. Is anybody in Washington listening to Silent Cal?  What can the energy industry (oil and gas in particular) expect from the Administration in its second term?  Let’s gaze into the crystal ball: Carbon Tax The National Center for Policy Analysis predicts… Continue Reading

What is the Best Way to Fight Rising Sea Levels?

Posted in Energy Policy, Environmental Policy

For the purposes of this conversation let’s agree that global warming exists, and let’s not argue about whether it is, as those who use big words say, “anthropomorphic”  “anthropogenic” or, as you and I might say, “man made”. Bjorn Lomborg doesn’t focus so much on the causes of rising sea levels; he proposes alternative ways to address the effects. In… Continue Reading

What Can the Energy Industry Expect from the President’s Second Term?

Posted in Energy Policy, Environmental Policy

It is better to stop a bad law than pass a good one. Calvin Coolidge. IsWashingtonlistening to Silent Cal? This post is about what the energy industry- oil and gas in particular -might expect from the Administration in its second term. Disclaimer: I dont sponsor any of these predictions. The authorsknow more about these subjects… Continue Reading