Whenever I bring up the importance of getting America the energy plan it deserves, someone always says, "Boone, let's not pick winners and losers. Let's let the market decide." There's only problem with that statement.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Friday announced its proposed Tier 3 rules, which would reduce allowable amounts of sulfur in gasoline and help automobiles' catalytic converters capture more pollutants.
As the practice of hydraulic fracturing to produce natural gas continues to spread not only in the U.S. but worldwide, the scientific community has increasingly focused on the environmental consequences of the technique.
The endless tug of war confuses the common man, who has worries more immediate than climate change. He would like to know, once and for all, if global warming is deadly. To wit, are we are done for, or are some people just blowing hot air?
As for natural gas, why should taxpayers foot the bill to help the industry be more responsible? If gas companies don't adopt more responsible production practices voluntarily, the government's job is not to write them a check; it's to implement regulations that protect the public.
It's been almost five years since we set out to get America the energy plan it deserves. One thing hasn't changed: the need for aggressive and effective energy leadership in Washington. Long story short -- we have no national energy plan.
Will Turkey support and Cypriot Turks be expected to reintegrate into a unified Cyprus if the Kremlin is handed even a bigger role in the economic future of the Island and the exploitation of its natural gas reserves?
Carston Rolle, BDI's Managing Director for Energy Policy, explained that the build out of renewables and necessary transmission lines is expected to cost 350 billion euros and increase electricity costs by approximately 30 percent. There doesn't appear to be an answer as to who will pay for this.
Companies like Daimler U.S. in Portland make natural gas trucks; ask them what they need to sell more and their answer is crisp: "pumps, pumps, and more pumps." Most truckers who want to save money by fueling with natural gas can't, because there are not CNG or LNG outlets on their routes.
It doesn't take a nuclear physicist to know that the process of hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") threatens our communities and their most essential resources, so why has President Obama appointed Dr. Ernest Moniz, a proponent of the process, to guide our nation's energy future?
Japanese officials point to the recent gas boom in the United States as evidence that complex drilling processes can yield big results -- a fact that has Australia worried. Japan is Australia's top natural gas customer.