Saudi Arabia Attacks Highlight Importance of U.S. Energy Production

The alarming news that some of Saudi Aramco’s oil facilities had been attacked over the weekend has generated new instability in oil markets and caused concern for countries across the globe.

These attacks were serious and deserve careful scrutiny and investigation.  They also demonstrate that the market for oil is truly global. This event should be a reminder for policymakers as to the importance of U.S. energy production and the nation’s role as one of the top energy exporters.

Indeed, the United States is now the largest crude oil producer in the world. In fact, the United States is projected …

FACT CHECK: ACLU Says Kentucky Legislation a Threat to First Amendment

CLAIM: The Courier-Journal in Louisville reports that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Kentucky has claimed that proposed legislation designed to protect critical infrastructure projects in the state is “creating a chilling effect on First Amendment Rights.”

“The mere threat of imposing such a harsh penalty over such activity would cause some protesters to second guess if their activities would be a Class D felony and therefore make them second guess if they want to protest,” said Corey Shapiro, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky.




Like other laws …

Political Candidates Should Not Turn Their Backs on American Energy

The growing production of domestic energy in the United States has been good for our nation’s economy.  It has made our country more energy independent, created hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs, and bolstered our national security.

Even so, nine of the remaining Democratic presidential candidates have called for a ban on fracking.  Much of the rest of the field have vowed to limit or impose more regulations on the practice. That could be a risky political stance, especially in the swing-state of Pennsylvania.  Pennsylvania is home to 20 electoral votes as well as the Marcellus Shale, the …

At Climate Town Hall, A Need For Tangible Energy Solutions

In CNN’s “climate crisis” town hall tonight, participating Democratic 2020 candidates would do well to focus on pragmatic, tangible solutions with reasonable timelines and price tags – rather than political sound bites.

In advance of the town hall, nearly all of the candidates have proposed “climate plans” – some with price tags as high as $10 billion (Julian Castro) – that would undoubtedly drive up energy costs in the near term and disproportionately impact low-income populations.

For example, in his climate plan, Senator Cory Booker became the latest candidate to vow to revoke permits for the Keystone XL and Dakota

Don’t Let Partisan Politics Lead to Bad Energy Policy – Or Drive a Wedge Between Communities

In the run up to the 2020 presidential election, a number of candidates have released policy proposals that could have major implications for our nation’s energy infrastructure.  Some of these policy proposals could actually cause more harm to the environment.

The latest example comes from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who vows to revoke the permits for the Dakota Access (DAPL) and Keystone XL (KXL) pipelines.

From her plan to “Honor and Empower Tribal Nations and Indigenous Peoples”:

Energy development that may affect tribal interests requires true and meaningful consultation with Tribal Nations and real efforts to ensure we are meeting

4 Key Facts Missing From the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Latest Attempt to Shutdown the Dakota Access Pipeline

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (SRST) recently filed a motion in federal court to shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline, which has been safely operating for more than two years now. As with previous legal filings, the tribe’s latest filing misrepresents or ignores inconvenient facts that discredit their years-long bid to halt the lawfully permitted project.

Here are four key facts missing from the latest legal filing:

  1. The SRST wasn’t “vigorously opposed [to] the siting of the pipeline from its inception.”

As we’ve discussed before, the SRST largely refused to participate in the US Army Corps’ exhaustive review of …

FACT CHECK: Activists Pressure Candidates to Block Keystone XL Pipeline on Environmental Grounds

CLAIM: Environmental activists are pressing presidential candidates to take a pledge to block the Keystone XL pipeline. The pledge calls on candidates to revoke permits issued by the President for the Keystone XL.  It also calls on candidates to revoke permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline, which has been safely transporting crude oil for more than two years.

“Our next president needs to listen to the science that says we can’t build new fossil fuel projects and fight climate change at the same time, not the polluters who say we don’t have a choice,” Greenpeace USA climate campaigner Charlie …

Case Study: North Dakota’s 13-Month Review of the Dakota Access Pipeline

As we’ve highlighted previously , the Dakota Access Pipeline underwent a rigorous multi-agency permitting process prior to being built.

Before beginning construction, Dakota Access was required to obtain permits from regulatory agencies in each of the states that it traversed. These reviews, which were independent of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ own detailed analysis, involved extensive outreach of landowners, state agencies, local governments, public interest groups, tribes, and various other stakeholders.

In North Dakota, this process was led by the North Dakota Public Service Commission (NDPSC), an elected three-person state board responsible for regulating electric and natural gas utilities, …

FACT CHECK: Are Law Enforcement Officials Conducting Illegal Surveillance of Activists?

CLAIM: Environmental activists and the ACLU say it is “creepy,” “concerning” and potentially illegal for law enforcement bodies to monitor extremists and to share information about planned protests at pipeline construction projects with other officials. The sharing of such information was first reported by The Guardian.




First, let’s address the “illegal” claim floated by the ACLU in Oregon:

The Oregon ACLU told OPB that the surveillance might violate Oregon’s laws that protect individuals from the type of monitoring the sheriff’s office has initiated.

“This isn’t just about local law enforcement acting all on their own,

FACT CHECK: How Renewable is Renewable Energy?

CLAIM: Many Democratic Presidential candidates have put forward policy positions that would have devastating impacts for our nation’s energy industry.  That includes labeling the energy industry a “criminal enterprise,” as well as some candidates calling for a “total moratorium” on fossil fuel leases on public lands.

Some examples:

“[Bernie] believes we should keep fossil fuels in the ground and instead use renewable energy and sustainable energy while improving energy efficiency.” – Bernie Sanders campaign website.

“I’m proud to be an original supporter of the Green New Deal… I support returning to the Paris Agreement and …