Legal Challenges to Clean Power Plan Down (slightly), But Not Out

Earlier this month, three Federal judges declined review of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule restricting carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants – also known as the ‘Clean Power Plan.’ And like most politically charged court decisions, some declared ‘victory’ for the Obama Administration and the EPA. The truth is that the court declined […]
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For Texas, Energy Efficiency Presents an Opportunity

Energy efficiency might not be the first thing to come to mind when using the words “energy” and “Texas” in the same sentence. As Texans, we’re justifiably proud our state’s status as the largest producer of oil, natural gas and wind energy in the nation, and its our electricity costs are below average; and yet […]
President Barack Obama arrives to speak on March 22, 2012 at the TransCanada Stillwater pipe yard in Cushing, Oklahoma. (AFP PHOTO/Mandel Ngan)

Federal Permitting Reform Should Apply to Keystone XL

The six-year long debate over Keystone XL has unfortunately moved way beyond a discussion about the merits of this particular project and become a proxy for discourse on other public policies, including the direction of U.S. energy policy, action on climate change, energy security and regulatory certainty for private companies. While the politics of the […]
Northstar facility on the North Slope of Alaska. (BP)

The Great Alaska Shut-Out

The “great Alaska shut-out” may be how future generations describe Sunday’s announcement on ANWR – the most recent salvo in a series of unilateral federal actions to close Alaskan energy development. Closing large areas of federal land and waters in Alaska to oil and natural gas development limits the energy potential of Alaska, deprives the […]
Categories: Arctic, Politics/Policy

Arctic Energy is Critical in Lone Star Country

As Texans like to point out, we could be considered a country unto ourselves. Fiercely independent and always willing to celebrate our distinctive status, we have lots of reasons to brag. That said, Texas also has a unique relationship with Alaska, which may not be obvious to all of us who live in this great […]
Categories: Arctic, Politics/Policy
A crew in 2012 lowers a section of pipe into the ground with cradles near Winona, Texas. (AP Photo/Tyler Morning Telegraph, Sarah A. Miller)

A Keystone Veto: Punitive and Unnecessary

As the Washington Post clearly pointed out, the Keystone XL pipeline should never have been as issue in the first place.  Continuing to debate the safest, most technologically advanced pipeline in world history is unsupportable based on all the facts. Using KXL as a bargaining chip, would be just another example of the Administration’s inability […]
Categories: Keystone XL
A rig works in the Barnett Shale. (Enervest)

Top Five Energy Stories of 2014

This year the news has been full of good news and bad news for U.S. energy consumers. Major policy decisions (or lack thereof), changes in technology and emerging market forces have all played a role in influencing this year’s cheers and jeers in U.S. energy news. #1: The Energy Revolution Leads to Lower Gas Prices […]

U.S. Production > OPEC Influence

The U.S. energy revolution has dramatically impacted the extent to which the OPEC oil cartel can influence the global oil marketplace, fundamentally shifting the geopolitics of energy. Truly, from a U.S. perspective, this is one of the greatest stories of the 21st century. Massive amounts of domestic oil and natural gas production, coupled with increasing […]

How the Energy Revolution is Supporting Texas-Sized Economic Growth

America is in the midst of an energy boom. We all know this. We also know the positive impact it has had on our nation’s balance sheet. The U.S. is now set to surpass Russia and Saudi Arabia in crude production, and it has already passed the former as the world’s largest producer of natural […]
Houston area students learn about energy and STEM topics at Energy Day 2013.

Energy Day Festival Links Future Generations with Future Prosperity

The U.S. Dept. of Labor announced in October that the number of job openings in the U.S. has reached 4.8 million, the highest since January 2001. In addition, a recent report by Manpower, a worldwide staffing company, predicted that the number of jobs in the energy sector, unquestionably one of the nation’s fastest growing industries, […]