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  • U.S. Shale Producers Just Won Their Biggest Legal Case In Years

    06/27/2016 5:57:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Oil Price ^ | June 23, 2016 | Dave Forest
    Fracking is once again becoming a hot topic in the oil and gas world., with Germany moving Tuesday to impose an indefinite ban on the unconventional drilling technique. But in the U.S. this week the story was the opposite. Oil and gas drillers won a critical legal victory over the future of fracking in America’s shale plays. That came in Wyoming, where a District Judge struck down a set of tougher rules on fracking that had been implemented by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) early last year. Last March, the BLM came down hard on the U.S. shale...
  • The left’s grand, green vision

    06/12/2016 3:55:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 5, 2016 | Stephen Moore
    Like a crazed serial killer, the liberal green groups are celebrating their “victory” of putting America’s major coal producers out of business — to say nothing of the tens of thousands of miners placed in unemployment lines. Several thousand more mining jobs were lost last month. Now to get their next homicidal high, the leftists have turned their ambitions on the oil and natural gas industries. Here is how the Sierra Club spokeswoman, Lena Moffit, explains the grand, green vision: “We have moved to a very clear and firm and vehement position of opposing gas. We oppose any new gas-fired...
  • Pipeline would pass near mine fire

    06/03/2016 7:01:39 AM PDT · by Buttons12 · 9 replies
    News-Item ^ | 6/2/16 | Larry Deklinski
    COAL RUN — A section of a proposed natural gas pipeline is scheduled to go through an area of Coal Township known for having abandoned mine workings and a underground mine fire...
  • On Track for a Golden Age of Gas?

    06/01/2016 12:48:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Energy Collective ^ | May 31, 2016 | Geoffrey Styles
    Five years ago the International Energy Agency (IEA) issued a report entitled, “Are We Entering a Golden Age of Gas?” Gas development was booming, from both conventional resources and US shale deposits, and gas was widely seen as a vital tool for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Much has happened since then, including a collapse in global oil prices, the signing of a new climate agreement in Paris, and a broadening of the anti-fossil-fuel focus of climate activists. If we’re still on the path to a golden age of gas, the ride will be bumpy. This is probably most evident across...
  • Venezuela is running out .. everything. Food, medicine, electricity, toilet paper, condoms

    05/31/2016 4:10:48 PM PDT · by george76 · 69 replies
    CNN ^ | May 31, 2016 | Osmary Hernandez
    Venezuela is running out of just about everything. Food, medicine, electricity, toilet paper, condoms -- you name it. ( Full title ). And over the weekend at least two large international airlines -- Lufthansa and LATAM -- said they will suspend service to Venezuela in the coming months due to the economic crisis. The widespread scarcities and fleeing businesses reflect a country in crisis. "There's a shortage of everything at some level," says Ricardo Cusanno, vice president of Venezuela's Chamber of Commerce. Cusanno says 85% of companies in Venezuela have halted production to some extent. Venezuela's economy is spiraling into...
  • Gas Prices To Remain Low This Summer

    05/31/2016 3:47:11 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 18 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 31-05-2016 | Geiger
    It’s easy for U.S. drivers to forget the high gas prices in recent years after the ultra-lows seen only months ago, but prices going into the summer months of 2016 are still well below what they were this time last year, and the lowest price heading into the summer months since 2009. Despite a recent uptick in the price per barrel of oil—up $20 since the last week of January 2016—U.S. drivers will still enjoy the low gas prices this summer. The spot price for WTI crude oil is still significantly lower than this time last year, trading today at...
  • 3,000 French Gas Stations Out of Fuel

    05/27/2016 8:44:54 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 25 replies
    NACS ^ | 26 May 2016
    An oil strike has forced around a fourth of the country’s stations to close because of lack of gasoline. ___ Some 3,000 gasoline stations in France—around a fourth of the country’s stations—have had to close because an oil strike has shut off their fuel supply, Telesur reports. For the first time in more than five years, France is dipping into its strategic oil reserves, while unions block refineries. Those stations lucky enough to have fuel are under government orders to restrict the sale of diesel or gasoline to around $30 per customer. Unions are picketing French refineries in protest against...
  • French Strikes, Riots Shut Down 850 Gas Stations, Block Refineries

    05/25/2016 2:05:39 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 6 replies
    Oil Price ^ | 23 May 2016 | Charles Kennedy
    Some 850 petrol stations in France have been forced to close down and nearly a thousand more face shortages as union protests block oil refineries over controversial labor reforms, clashing with riot police in some locations across the country. Unions blocked deliveries from five out of eight refineries in France to protest against labor laws passed earlier this month. The labor laws make it easier for employers to hire and fire staff and reduce overtime compensation. Workers consider the bill unfavorable to are demanding that it be withdrawn. They also argue that the laws were pushed through without a public...
  • Trump taps climate change skeptic, fracking advocate as key energy advisor

    05/13/2016 10:51:57 AM PDT · by maggief · 94 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 13, 2016 | VALERIE VOLCOVICI
    Republican presidential contender Donald Trump has asked one of America's most ardent drilling advocates and climate change skeptics to help him draft his energy policy. U.S. Republican Congressman Kevin Cramer of North Dakota - a major oil drilling state - is writing a white paper on energy policy for the New York billionaire, Cramer and sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. Cramer was also among a group of Trump advisers who recently met with lawmakers from western energy states, who hope Trump will open more federal land for drilling, a lawmaker who took part in the meeting said. Cramer...
  • Energy industry sues over grouse plans ( Colorado )

    05/13/2016 7:12:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | May 12, 2016 | Dennis Webb
    Oil and gas industry groups on Thursday sued federal agencies over revisions to land management plans in Colorado and other western states to protect the greater sage-grouse. The Western Energy Alliance and the North Dakota Petroleum Council filed the suit in North Dakota, saying the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service failed to follow proper procedures for public involvement in adopting the land use plan amendments. They also say the plans ignore sound science and will hurt western economies. Plan revisions being challenged include ones in northwest Colorado, where greater sage-grouse habitat substantially overlaps with oil and gas...
  • Russia reportedly shows renewed interest in Israeli natural gas

    05/01/2016 5:40:25 AM PDT · by kindred · 9 replies
    http://www.jns.org/ ^ | April 25, 2016 | Israel Hayom
    Sources said Sunday that another round of negotiations over the development of Israel’s Leviathan offshore gas field by a serious player from Russia’s energy sector could be in the works. The degree of Russian interest is still unclear, but the potential renewed Russian interest comes on the heels of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow last Thursday. Some three years ago, the state-run Russian energy giant Gazprom expressed interest in buying gas harvested from Israel’s Tamar offshore filed. While a memorandum of understanding was signed on the issue, it never matured into a...
  • Consol Energy CEO predicts 2 ethane cracker plants for region

    04/18/2016 4:39:43 PM PDT · by RS_Rider · 8 replies
    Trib Live ^ | 04-18-2016 | David Conti
    The global crash in oil prices and resulting squeeze in financing available to energy companies have raised questions about whether two companies will build ethane cracker plants in the Marcellus and Utica shale regions. The head of one of the top shale gas producers in the area, however, predicts both petrochemical facilities will be built in the next decade. “We will see one to two ... I believe two cracker plants built in this region,” Consol Energy Inc. CEO Nick DeIuliis said Friday during the University of Pittsburgh's Energy Law and Policy Institute gathering Downtown. Such facilities would take ethane...
  • Are You Ready for $5 Gas? (Obama plays the knockout game with American consumers)

    04/17/2016 4:17:05 AM PDT · by doldrumsforgop · 9 replies
    am thinker ^ | 4/17/16 | j folks
    In a version of "hit 'em while they're down,' the Obama administration has unleashed a slew of new regulations targeting U.S. oil and gas production. These include costly methane emission rules on all new and existing wells, reversals of promised offshore acreage leasing, a de facto freeze of leasing on federal lands, and burdensome EPA restrictions of fracking. Then there is Obama's recent budget proposal of a $10-per-barrel surtax on top of the high taxes and royalties already paid by oil companies. Just as low oil prices are driving hundreds of oil companies out of business, Obama is piling on...
  • Cheap Natural Gas To Spark Another Wave Of Coal Plant Retirements

    04/12/2016 2:15:00 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 15 replies
    Oilprice.com | 12-04-2016 | Nick
    “Cheap natural gas is killing coal.” While that headline has been written dozens of times over the last few years, it continues to be true. In fact, natural gas has become even cheaper over the past year, and the slow death of coal is poised to accelerate. In a new report from Moody’s, and reported on by SNL, the ratings agency predicts that cheap natural gas could lead to another massive wave of coal-fired power plant closures over the next year and a half.
  • First-quarter economy looks bleaker by the day

    04/08/2016 12:52:21 PM PDT · by mykroar · 6 replies
    CNBC.com ^ | 4/8/2016 | Patti Domm
    Some economists now see first-quarter growth as negligible, and it could easily turn out to be negative. Economists shaved already weak growth forecasts by a few more tenths Friday, after wholesale inventories fell 0.5 percent month over month in February, much more than the anticipated 0.1 percent decline. January was also revised down by 0.4 percent. The closely watched Atlanta Fed GDPNow model now shows first-quarter growth tracking at 0.1 percent, compared to a 0.4 percent estimate earlier in the week. JPMorgan economists now forecast the economy only expanded by 0.2 percent in the first quarter, from 0.7 percent. Barclays...
  • Is A Gas War Between The U.S. And Canada About To Start?

    03/30/2016 11:47:49 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 8 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 30-03-2016 | warren
    The United States and Canada work well together. The countries share the world’s largest and most comprehensive trade relationship, exchanging more than $2 billion per day in goods and services; the U.S. is Canada’s largest foreign investor and Canada is the third-largest foreign investor in the U.S. The partnership clearly isn’t broken, but it may need some mending as bilateral and international gas trade stands to complicate matters in short order. As with most current global natural gas issues, we must first look back to the shale gas revolution. In 2005 – just as hydraulic fracturing was finding its feet...
  • Israel’s Game Changing Gas Discovery Dealt Another Blow

    03/28/2016 2:48:14 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 5 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 28-03-2016
    The massive Leviathan gas field was discovered in Israel’s offshore Levant Basin over six years ago, and while it theoretically puts Israel on the global energy map for the first time and could change the geopolitical dynamics of the entire Middle East, the Israelis themselves seem to be doing everything in their power to keep it from coming online. Its owners—U.S.-based Noble Energy and Israeli partner Delek Group—along with their shareholders are probably wondering if gas is ever going to come out of this giant of giants. At stake is a massive gas field worth $5-$6 billion and believed to...
  • Vanity: Trump's Foreign Policy vision is both pro Christian and Israeli and anti-Islamist around gas

    03/23/2016 3:19:24 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 13 replies
    03/23/2016 | Trumpinator
    I am seeing the big picture - Trump is saying we don't need these Muslim Saudi and Iranian savages anymore. Get the Eastern Christians (which includes Russians) and the Israelis working their gas resources and leave the filthy head chopping Muslims behind and keep them out. This George Papadopoulos was also a Ben Carson advisor. Thank you, Jesus. I am commenting on the info I read in the Washington Post article here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2016/03/21/meet-the-men-shaping-donald-trumps-foreign-policy-views/George Papadopoulos Papadopoulos, a 2009 graduate of DePaul University, directs an international energy center at the London Center of International Law Practice.He previously advised the presidential campaign of...
  • Stop fracking? Shatter the economy

    03/22/2016 10:55:55 AM PDT · by JimSEA · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/21/16 | Paul Sullivan
    Fracking accounts for close to 50 percent of all natural gas and oil production. Our production of natural gas from shale fields and tight gas has increased by 40 billion cubic feet per day since 2002. Our production of shale and tight oil from fracking has increased by 4 million barrels a day since 2002. Fracking is one of the main reasons why oil and natural gas prices are so low. That also makes it one of the main reasons why gasoline and diesel prices are so low, and electricity prices have dropped in many areas. Crude oil is the...
  • THE JACKI DAILY Show! Listen live at 2PM Eastern!

    03/20/2016 3:43:51 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 1 replies
    The Jacki Daily Show ^ | 3/20/16 | The Jacki Daily Show
    THE JACKI DAILY Show! Listen live at 2PM Eastern! Now playing also on station KWEL in Midland-Odessa! The host of the Jacki Daily show has had an impressive career in energy, law, and politics.Most recently, Jacki served as General Counsel to an engineering firm specializing in energy, national security and environmental cleanup. Previously, she served many years as legal counsel on Capitol Hill to the Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution and the former Ranking Member of the Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee, advising on the oversight of federal agencies. Prior to her career in Washington, she worked as...
  • Energy Poverty Around the World

    03/16/2016 8:23:53 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/16/16 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Obama Administration has illegally bypassed Congress, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the States and their Public Utility Commissions The global warming/climate change industry has been aggressively pushing renewable energy, wind, solar, and biofuels for a long time even though the economies of various industrialized countries need much more energy than what renewables generate. The green activists have been zealously lobbying Congress and the EPA to change the laws, rules, and regulations that would make it much more expensive and difficult for fossil fuel energy producers to survive while passing the higher costs onto consumers, impoverishing those customers on fixed...
  • THE JACKI DAILY Show! Listen live at 2PM Eastern!

    03/06/2016 9:56:06 AM PST · by RaceBannon
    The Jacki Daily Show on THE BLAZE Radio ^ | 3/6/16 | The Jacki Daily Show
    THE JACKI DAILY Show! Listen live at 2PM Eastern! Now playing also on station KWEL in Midland-Odessa! The host of the Jacki Daily show has had an impressive career in energy, law, and politics.Most recently, Jacki served as General Counsel to an engineering firm specializing in energy, national security and environmental cleanup. Previously, she served many years as legal counsel on Capitol Hill to the Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution and the former Ranking Member of the Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee, advising on the oversight of federal agencies. Prior to her career in Washington, she worked as...
  • LIVE at 2PM! The Jacki Daily Show!

    02/28/2016 10:03:51 AM PST · by RaceBannon · 3 replies
    The Jacki Daily Show ^ | 2/28/16 | The Jacki Daily Show
    Live at 2PM! Listen to The Jacki Daily Show! The host of the Jacki Daily show has had an impressive career in energy, law, and politics. Most recently, Jacki served as General Counsel to an engineering firm specializing in energy, national security and environmental cleanup. Previously, she served many years as legal counsel on Capitol Hill to the Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution and the former Ranking Member of the Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee, advising on the oversight of federal agencies. Prior to her career in Washington, she worked as a corporate litigator, and as an Assistant...
  • Game-Changer Leviathan Gas Field Sees Serious Delays

    02/26/2016 11:16:13 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 1 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 26-06-2016 | Leviathan
    The massive Leviathan gas field, nestled deep inside the Levantine basin off Israel’s Mediterranean coast, is considered a game-changer for both Israel and Europe, but a wide range of roadblocks is threatening development, and now production will be delayed by at least a year. Political hurdles, regulatory approvals and tricky investment decisions have already put production off until 2019, and there are now fears that all the problems surrounding a discovery that put Israel on the energy map for the first time in history will impact prospects for future foreign investment in the country. As the project landed in controversy,...
  • UK business gas supplies could be diverted to households in Europe, under EU crisis plan

    02/18/2016 5:43:31 PM PST · by dynachrome · 17 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2-19-16 | Emily Gosden
    British businesses could have their gas supplies cut off in order to keep households in other parts of Europe warm, under a proposed new EU law. A new "solidarity principle" would apply to gas supplies to ensure that households, healthcare and security services across Europe were maintained as a priority in the event of a severe crisis. "In practice this means member states will have to give priority to protected consumers in neighbouring countries over non-protected customers at home," Miguel Arias Canete, the EU energy commissioner, said. "We don’t back legally-binding rules in this area, which is what we and...
  • ‘Welcome Back Carter’ ( Destroying good paying jobs and )

    02/12/2016 12:06:40 PM PST · by george76 · 4 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 31, 2016 | William Perry Pendley
    Obama on federal coal mining is a throwback to Carter administration failings. resident Obama's plot to use the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to kill federal coal mining with a thousand paper cuts is not the first time he has used NEPA to try to end energy development. Disturbingly, his scheme is a throwback to President Carter and a decade-long moratorium that ended only when President Reagan took office. Meanwhile millions of Americans, vast regions and the nation's economy will suffer. In 2009, the Obama administration settled a "sweetheart lawsuit" by environmental groups by agreeing to a NEPA study on...
  • Reagan Era Energy Lessee Files Brief: No Right to Cancel Its Lease ( BLM : Montana )

    02/12/2016 11:42:32 AM PST · by george76 · 7 replies
    Fairfield Sun Times ^ | February 2, 2016
    A Louisiana man issued a federal oil and gas lease in 1982, but denied the right to explore his property since approval of his application for permit to drill (APD) in 1985, recently responded formally to a brief filed by the United States government in which it argued that it has authority to cancel his lease and will cancel his lease as soon as its proposed schedule for doing so is approved by the federal court. Mountain States Legal Foundation (MSLF) represents Sidney Longwell of Baton Rouge, whose company Solenex, LLC owns the Reagan-era lease, and which sued Secretary of...
  • Low gas prices signal economic downturn elsewhere

    02/08/2016 10:41:41 PM PST · by george76 · 64 replies
    WLS-TV ^ | February 08, 2016 | Laura Thoren
    Gas prices in Chicago are still falling, but the price at the pump is having a negative impact on the economy. ... as the cost to fill up your tank goes down, could this also be a sign -- the economy is tanking? Commodities trader Scott Shellady thinks so. "It's bad for everybody. We are going to lose one-fifth of the jobs we created in 2008," said Shellady. And he doesn't expect a market rebound anytime soon. So if you were hoping to cash in your 401K or IRA and retire in the next year, Shellady says, rethink your plans....
  • Utah files lawsuit claiming feds' sage grouse conservation strategy is unlawful

    02/04/2016 7:02:30 PM PST · by george76 · 23 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Feb. 4 2016 | Ben Lockhart
    The Utah Attorney General's Office filed a lawsuit Thursday against the Department of the Interior and Department of Agriculture, claiming the agencies' strategy to disallow new mining on or near greater sage grouse habitats is a breach of "numerous federal laws and regulations." The lawsuit in U.S. District Court seeks an order voiding the federal government's land-use plan amendments submitted last year that would directly prohibit new hard rock mining on 233,300 acres in Utah. "The state of Utah claims that the 2015 federal plan amendments disregarded the hallmark of federal land management -- multiple use and sustained yield --...
  • Mining on 10 Million Acres in Six States Impacted by BLM’s Proposed Withdrawal ( sage-grouse )

    10/10/2015 6:09:16 PM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Western Mining Alliance ^ | October 9, 2015 | mucker
    On September 24, 2015, the federal Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) published a Notice of Proposed Withdrawal (“BLM notice”), proposing to withdraw from mineral location and entry federal lands identified as “sagebrush focal areas” in Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming. The BLM notice commences a two-year temporary segregation period, prohibiting location and entry of new mining claims on BLM and U.S. Forest Service lands in these sagebrush focal areas. If the BLM decides to withdraw the area at the end of the segregation period, the withdrawal will last up to 20 years, but could be extended in the...
  • 60 Reasons Why Oil Investors Should Hang On

    01/26/2016 3:50:48 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 9 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 26-01-2016 | doyle
    Inventories will continue to rise, but the momentum is slowing. The following are some observations as to how we got here and how we’re gonna get out. 9 reasons why oil has taken so long to bottom: 1. OPEC increased production in 2015 to multiyear highs, principally in Saudi Arabia and Iraq where production between the two added 1.5 million barrels per day (mb/d) to inventories after the no cut stance was adopted. 2. Russian production increased in 2015 to post Soviet highs. 3. Long planned Gulf of Mexico production began coming on in late 2015. 4. An overhang of...
  • Gas Wars: A Gallon Is Just 46 Cents Here

    01/18/2016 10:50:44 AM PST · by blam · 39 replies
    CNBC - REUTERS ^ | 1-18-2016 | Katie Little | Steve Kopack
    CNBCJanuary 18, 2016 While gas prices are low nationwide, some stations are slashing the fuel's price to rock-bottom levels to the tune of less than 50 cents a gallon. The drastic price cuts are part of a gas price war at three Houghton Lake, Mich., stations. During the last three days, the prices dropped below a buck per gallon, falling as low as 46 cents at Sunrise Marathon. Meanwhile, the Beacon & Bridge gas station was as low as 47 cents, said employees of each station in interviews with CNBC.(snip)
  • Michigan Becomes First State to Welcome Back Sub-$1 Gas

    01/18/2016 6:18:29 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 61 replies
    Fox 5 NY ^ | 01/18/16
    Gasbuddy.com says several stations in Houghton Lake, Michigan have lowered their prices under $1 per gallon, in what appears to be a price war. According to GasBuddy it appears these stations are currently the first stations in the country to see prices under $1 per gallon in years. As the situation unfolds, it's possible these stations re-raise prices back over $1/gallon. 78 cents per gallon was recorded at Beacon & Bridge Market while 95 cents per gallon was recorded at the Marathon in Houghton Lake. Prices were verified by GasBuddy after a review of photographs uploaded to GasBuddy's app.
  • Gas at 85 cents a gallon in Houghton Lake MI...

    01/17/2016 2:39:03 PM PST · by Jhadur · 63 replies
    I live a half hour away and it's $1.77. Just got word from a friend. Check it with Gas Buddy.
  • Police: Thieves rigging gas pumps to steal debit card information

    01/17/2016 8:24:48 AM PST · by aimhigh · 29 replies
    Union Leader ^ | 01/16/2016 | Union Leader
    Police in Hudson and Pelham alerted citizens last week that skimming devices had been found on gas pumps at different stations. The devices appear like legitimate card scanners, but have actually been rigged to the machine in an attempt to gain the account information as the customer slides the card and uses the personal-identification number to complete the transaction. Dairon Julio Jimenez Roja, 25; Francisco Tamayo Noguera, 35; and Elvis Barban Chavez, 44, also known as Elvis Barban, were first arrested.
  • White House invite for dictator who has stolen billions from his impoverished African nation

    06/09/2011 2:00:19 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 54 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | June 9, 2011 | Daniel Bates
    Barack Obama has come under fire for extending a formal invitation to a shamed African dictator who has ruthlessly plundered billions of dollars from his own country. The U.S. President will today have a coveted private meeting with President Ali Bongo of Gabon in the Oval Office despite his appalling track record. Bongo’s family has ruled the impoverished African nation with an iron fist for five decades and have used its oil riches to fund a life of outrageous luxury. Meanwhile one third of people in Gabon live on less than $2 a day and thousands starve to death each...
  • The Art Lacey Story (the great guys who made America great)

    01/01/2016 7:47:06 PM PST · by Baynative · 12 replies
    B-17 Alliance group ^ | March 11, 2013 | staff
    The Art Lacey Story is one of brilliant marketing -- placing a retired WWII B-17 fighter plane as a gas station roof. Lacey knew this structure would attract and draw in drive-by customers,
  • How Federal Missteps Make the Case to Transfer Public Lands to States, Localities

    12/28/2015 12:17:56 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | December 27, 2015 | Marjorie Haun
    A growing number of state organizations seek to remedy what they consider negligent policies and shoddy oversight of public land on the part of federal agencies. Under the umbrella name Transfer of Public Lands, the movement offers a solution to the problem that is simple in concept: transfer ownership and management of public lands administered by federal agencies to equivalent state agencies. These agencies, being accountable to governors, state legislators and citizens, will manage the public lands in a more conscientious, cost-effective way. ... Unlike states east of the Continental Divide, public lands in Western states such as Washington and...
  • Obamacare Is Sucking Up To 10% Of Americans' Incomes

    12/28/2015 8:12:15 AM PST · by Lorianne · 29 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 28 December 2015 | Tyler Durden
    The latest dilemma facing economists is why "unequivocally good" low oil prices haven't sparked excuberant consumer spending across America. We have discussed the simple (though awkward for the establishment) answer many times - soaring costs for 'shelter' and healthcare have hoovered up every penny saved (and more); and now, a new study proves it- exposing the reality that many Obamacare customers pay more than 10 percent of their incomes toward coverage (and some paying considerably more). The shocking findings show that, as CNBC summarizes, One in 10 Obamacare customers who earn between just two and five times the federal poverty...
  • Climate change shock: Burning fossil fuels 'COOLS planet', says NASA

    12/21/2015 7:02:17 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 51 replies
    Express UK ^ | December 21, 2015 | By JON AUSTIN
    BURNING fossil fuels and cutting down trees causes global COOLING, a shock new NASA study has found. Major theories about what causes temperatures to rise have been thrown into doubt after NASA found the Earth has cooled in areas of heavy industrialization where more trees have been lost and more fossil fuel burning takes place. Environmentalists have long argued the burning of fossil fuels in power stations and for other uses is responsible for global warming and predicted temperature increases because of the high levels of carbon dioxide produced - which causes the global greenhouse effect. While the findings did...
  • Thank Fracking (But Only on Private Land) For Low Gas Prices

    12/14/2015 10:06:52 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/13/2015 | Tom Gantert
    The state of Michigan is enjoying low gas prices (and on Nov. 30 had the lowest prices at the pump in the nation), something analysts are saying can be attributed in part to the increased production of oil in the U.S. Crude oil production in the U.S. has increased 63 percent from 5.4 million barrels a day in 2009 to 8.7 million barrels a day in 2014. That’s the most production on U.S. soil since 1986, according to the Energy Information Administration. That increase in domestic oil production can be attributed to hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as “fracking.” That...
  • Oil guru Dr. Daniel Fine was right on gas prices

    12/02/2015 11:01:32 AM PST · by brownwill6767 · 17 replies
    Roswell Daily Record ^ | 11/28/15 | Jeff Tucker
    nergy expert Dr. Daniel Fine, left, in March predicted the current low gasoline prices. Pictured with Fine during a meeting in Roswell in March are local oil men Rory McMinn of Reed & Stevens, center, and Bob Armstrong of Armstrong Energy Corp. (Jeff Tucker Photo) An energy expert’s prediction in March that gasoline prices in New Mexico would dip to $1.65 a gallon has been proven true.' Dr. Daniel Fine, associate director of the New Mexico Center for Energy Policy at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, said at a landmen’s association’s meeting in Roswell in March that gasoline...
  • Cruz Moves to Seize the Moment in Iowa

    12/01/2015 2:03:12 PM PST · by Isara · 38 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | Nov. 29, 2015 | Patrick Svitek
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, left, speaks at a campaign event on Nov. 28, 2015, in Iowa as U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, far right, looks on. (Photo by Patrick Svitek) LENOX, Iowa — On Black Friday, Ted Cruz went out and bought a new pair of boots, knowing he will be spending a good chunk of the next two months in a place more wintry than his humid hometown of Houston. "I surrendered to Iowa's snow and ice," Texas' junior U.S. senator admitted to a group of voters here Saturday afternoon, lifting his pant leg to reveal his purchase. The new footwear...
  • Radio ads hit Iowa: 'Politicians like Ted Cruz are the worst kind'

    12/01/2015 12:52:20 PM PST · by springwater13 · 76 replies
    Ted Cruz is under attack. The Texas senator's rise in Iowa presidential surveys has attracted criticism from all sides. America's Renewable Future, a bipartisan political group with the support of ethanol and agricultural industry workers, unleashed new digital and radio ads attacking Cruz in Iowa. The senator's opposition to ethanol mandates has drawn the ire of ARF, whose ads claim that Cruz's policy proposals "threaten rural Iowa and thousands of jobs." "Politicians like Ted Cruz are the worst kind: Hypocrites," the ad says. "There are millions of reasons Ted Cruz supports Big Oil instead of Iowa farmers. Call politician Ted...
  • Colorado’s skyrocketing electricity prices could get much worse

    11/26/2015 7:59:46 PM PST · by george76 · 49 replies
    Independence Institute ^ | November 24, 2015 | michael
    The cost of electricity for Colorado residents skyrocketed 63 percent between 2001 and 2014, far outpacing median income in the state at just 24 percent over the same time period ... Retail residential electricity rates increased from 7.47 cents per kilowatthour in 2001 to 12.18 cents per kilowatthour by 2014, a 63.1 percent hike. Coloradans median income, however, went up just 24.1 percent, from $49,397 to $61,303. Median income in Colorado actually declined between 2008 and 2012. ... Not to mention the state's many business owners, including small business owners, who face the same hikes in energy costs that could...
  • Calls Key in Terror Case (calls from Albany NY to Syria)

    03/23/2006 7:01:11 PM PST · by prairiebreeze · 18 replies · 1,415+ views
    timesunion.com ^ | March 22, 2006 | BRENDAN LYONS,
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    11/08/2015 6:20:09 AM PST · by george76 · 48 replies
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    11/03/2015 11:41:09 AM PST · by george76 · 35 replies
    The Steamboat Institute ^ | November 2nd, 2015 | Simon Lomax
    It's no secret that many U.S. environmental groups have become more strident and ideological during the Obama residency. But you may be surprised just how extreme they have become. In early October, a national network of environmental groups - called Stop the Frack Attack (STFA) - held a summit in Colorado to discuss their campaign strategies. The STFA alliance is led by Earthworks and includes other well-known national activist groups, such as the Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council and Food & Water Watch. Dozens of smaller groups, which routinely serve as the face of national groups in state- and...
  • We won't compete with Russia (US origin liquefied natural gas as limited export capacity)

    10/26/2015 6:40:26 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 4 replies
    cnbc.com ^ | 10/26/2015 | Nyshka Chandran
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    10/16/2015 7:23:14 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 15 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 16-10-2015 | Thomas
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