Category: Energy

Power Politics: The Battle Over Keystone

The Keystone XL Pipeline got its vote, but not the results supporters were looking for. Supporters had renewed their hopes for passage of the pipeline after the resounding Republican victory in the midterm elections. Despite the President’s continued opposition to the project, the House of Representatives had remained staunchly pro-Keystone; Friday’s 252 to 161 passage […]

Congress Fast-Tracks Keystone XL Pipeline

A very overly political move in both chambers of Congress is happening right now. The House of Representatives pushed forward the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline last week. The Senate is planning to vote tomorrow on whether or not to approve the pipeline. President Obama has given many indications that he will veto the […]

China-U.S. “Climate” Accord

A big deal is being made over the United States’ and China’s “landmark agreement” to curb carbon emissions. The climate aspects of the agreement are important for the global community — particularly in light of United Nations General Assembly President Sam Kahamba Kutesa’s announcement that he would convene a high-level event on combating climate change […]

Solar Energy Company Requests a Bailout to Pay Federal Loan

Typical of Obama administration supported renewable energy projects, yet another one is failing. Back in 2010, President Obama said that Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System would put 1,000 people to work and power up to 140,000 homes. However since last February, Ivanpah has been only producing one-fourth the amount of energy that was predicted. The […]

The KEEP Energy Act

If it were not for the $300 billion boost to the U.S. economy and the more than two million jobs added each year from the oil and gas industry, we could have been in a second Great Depression. To add to this economic boom, the 114th Congress can quickly pass new legislation, such as the […]

2014 Election and the Future of Energy Legislation

Election Day is officially behind us. The votes are in, the campaign ads are over, and the traffic in front of the grocery store, local high schools and other polling places should go back to normal. The Republicans kept the House and took the Senate. Now the big question is: what does it all mean? […]

Renewed Hope for Keystone XL Post Mid-Terms

The election results from last night changed control of the senate to the GOP again. For the first time since 2006, party control of the upper chamber has changed hands. Many bills that could get through the House but stalled in the Senate now have a second chance at passage. The Keystone XL pipeline did […]

Unnecessary Fear of Falling Energy Prices

As the recent energy boom is currently in full stride, there are now increasing fears that production output will decrease as profits are now lower for big oil companies. Two Wall Street Journal articles talk about the recent changes by several of the big oil companies in international investments and drilling and exploration efforts. One […]

Reducing Europe’s Dependence on Russia, Benefits United States

As tensions over the situation in the Ukraine heightened over the last few months, sanctions were thrown left and right between Russia, the United States and the European Union. The sanctions targeted the Russian banking and energy sectors, putting pressure on Russian President Putin’s inner circle. Since the sanctions, Russia has lost $75 billion in […]

New Fracking Process Benefits Environment

A new step that removes salt from the water that is used for the fracking process makes the water reusable. Researchers at MIT and in Saudi Arabia can now add a new step to fracking called electro dialysis. Produced water from fossil-fuel wells can have salinity three to six times greater than that of seawater; […]