CBO affirms Checks and Balances Project analysis – Lamborn oil shale bill will create zero revenue
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) finished scoring Rep. Doug Lamborn’s PIONEERS Act today. They’ve determined: “Enacting the legislation would not affect revenues.” Read the CBO report. Lamborn’s bill, H.R. 3408, would direct the Secretary of the Interior to provide oil and gas companies with two million acres of public lands, to be used for… Read more »
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Announcing the Western Lands and Energy Dashboard!
The sheer scale of the Big Oil rhetoric-fest that was unleashed after President Obama’s State of the Union (SOTU) address was tremendous. But as we read through clips and blogs, we realized there is a lot of poetry out there, but no prose. So we decided to create a one stop shop of easily accessed,… Read more »
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Wall Street rings in the New Year for oil speculators
Matt Garrington Wall Street started 2012 by ringing in the New Year for oil and gas speculators.  On Tuesday, Ralph Hill, the CEO of WPX Energy Inc., rang the opening bell for the first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). The evidence of speculation’s effect on the price at the pump… Read more »
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Watching the Gas Bubble?
In recent months, it appears that top national media outlets have started to cast a more skeptical eye at how “abundant” shale gas really is. The New York Times led the charge last year by analyzing “hundreds of industry e-mails and internal documents.” The Times concluded that shale gas has inherent risks, the geology varies,… Read more »
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The Five Rules for Natural Gas
Hal Harvey, founder of ClimateWorks, has a sharp piece on natural gas in today’s Los Angeles Times. Hal served  on the first President Bush’s Energy Task Force of the President’s Council on Environmental Quality, and later on the Energy Panel of President Clinton’s President’s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology. In this op-ed, Hal provides… Read more »
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A misrepresentation of our nation’s energy infrastructure
On November 28, The Wall Street Journal published an editorial that misrepresents facts about our nation’s energy infrastructure. Here’s our response: The Wall Street Journal’s Nov. 28 editorial, “The Non-Green Jobs Boom,” misrepresents the truth about America’s energy industry. The simple fact is that energy development is not a zero sum game between oil and drinking… Read more »
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Energy Independence and the West
Drilling activity is at its highest level in 24 years, and the U.S. is about to become a net exporter of gasoline for the first time in 62 years. So naturally some energy companies are worried about their government handouts. According to Wyofile, Chesapeake Energy and other oil and gas companies are now talking about their… Read more »
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Oil Shale Bingo hits DC
On Friday, Rep. Doug Lamborn’s Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources will again meet to discuss energy’s “fool’s gold,” oil shale. For a century, the oil and gas industry, and the politicians they support, have turned to the rock that burns whenever they want to distract from high oil prices or tout a new “jobs… Read more »
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It’s Déjà vu all over again
The Public Lands Team at Think Progress posted a great report last night on today’s House Natural Resources Committee meeting today to discuss drilling. It turns out this is the committee’s 20th meeting on this topic. Again they’re ignoring the fact that U.S. drilling activity is higher now under the Obama administration than at any… Read more »
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Meet the friends of fracking: David Neslin
A closer look at those in power who are friendly to the fracking industry (Part 3 of 3) Picking your friends is an important task and for the hydraulic fracking industry. It means selecting folks to be part of a close nit group. When the Huffington Post published our Facebook fracking graphic, it showed that… Read more »
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