In a column
in the New York Times, journalist Will Harlan claims that blocking
pipelines from crossing the Appalachian Trail – an issue before the U.S.
Supreme Court – would reduce demand for natural gas, leading instead to major
investments in renewable energy:
The potential implications of this case are enormous. If pipelines cannot cross the Appalachian Trail, energy companies will have to reroute or cancel them completely, perhaps opening the door for more large-scale investments in renewables. A ruling for the trail could set off a shift away from natural gas to renewable energy.
Pipeline protesters in Canada have shut down much of the
nation’s rail system, blocking passenger train service between the country’s
biggest cities and preventing food, oil, gas, lumber and other drivers of the
Canadian economy from getting delivered.
The protests, which are centered on a $6.6 billion natural
gas pipeline in northern British Columbia, entered their 13th day Tuesday, a
day after Canadian Prime Minister vowed to find a “quick and peaceful
resolution” to the protests.
It may be too late for the quick part. As the CBC
notes, protesters began holding up rail traffic east of Toronto on …
opinion writer Charles Lane poses
14 questions for Democratic presidential frontrunner and Vermont Senator
Bernie Sanders – two of which are particularly relevant to the future of
4. You seek to end all oil and gas fracking by 2025, abolishing an industry that directly or indirectly employs tens of thousands of people at often good-paying blue-collar jobs in states such as Colorado, Ohio, New Mexico, North Dakota and Texas. There are 80,000 fracking-related jobs just in Pennsylvania, which President Trump carried by 44,292 votes in 2016.
If these working-class Americans asked for a detailed plan
In recent years,
the United States has made significant progress when it comes to energy production
and exports, Remarkably, this past September the U.S. made history when it exported
more petroleum products than it imported for the first
time since EIA
records began in 1949. Earlier this week, President Trump spoke about oil and
natural gas during the State of the Union and stated:
“Thanks to our bold regulatory reduction campaign, the United States has become the No. 1 producer of oil and natural gas anywhere in the world, by far. With the tremendous progress we have made over
the significant economic and environmental benefits of natural gas. Increased
use of natural gas has played a key role in lowering U.S.
carbon emissions from the power sector. Natural gas is cleaner-burning than
coal, and is domestically available in shale formations from the Permian in
Texas to the Marcellus in Pennsylvania. The
natural gas and oil industry supports more than 10
million jobs each year. Furthermore, oil and gas leases alone generated
$1.1 billion of revenue for states in 2018. The benefits go on and on.
gas also provides royalties to mineral owners.
Senator Bernie Sanders – seeking the Democratic nomination
for president – in recent days has introduced legislation that would ban
fracking and has reportedly drafted an executive order to ban
oil exports when he becomes president.
As we have noted previously, such proposals are
short-sighted to American economic and geopolitical security. Energy exports
are major job drivers at home, bolster the global energy market, and protect
national security, especially in light of unrest and unpredictability in the
Just as a Democrat has cautioned Senator Sanders not to oppose
a pipeline in Minnesota, they are warning him about …
CLAIM: The New York Times recently reported
two Pennsylvania Democrats, John Fetterman, the state’s lieutenant governor,
and Bill Peduto, the mayor of Pittsburgh, agree “a pledge to ban all hydraulic
fracturing, better known as fracking, could jeopardize any presidential
candidate’s chances of winning this most critical of battleground states — and
thus the presidency itself. So as Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren
woo young environmental voters with a national fracking ban, these two
Democrats are uneasy.”
concern from Fetterman and Peduto warranted? Would a fracking ban have
significant economic impact on the state of Pennsylvania – potentially …
federal regulators declined to reconsider permits allowing three major natural
gas projects to go forward in Texas at the Port of Brownsville, environmental
activists say they plan to file a
lawsuit against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
argue that FERC commissioners did not take the combined pollution, noise and
other impacts of the projects on neighboring communities and endangered species
such as the ocelot, jaguarundi and aplomado falcon.
projects would disproportionately impact our already-marginalized Latino
community, subject us to increased air pollution, and threaten our local
tourism economy,” Sierra Club Brownsville organizer Rebekah Hinojosa said
CLAIM: A column in Crain’s
Chicago by the president of Save Our Illinois Land objects to a proposal to increase
the capacity of oil that can be transported through the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The objections center on two primary claims:
- The pipeline is inherently unsafe and jeopardizes
Illinois residents; and
- The pipeline provides little to no benefit for
Illinois as oil is shipped from North Dakota to the Gulf Coast.
the safety issue. The writer cites a 1999 accident at a pipeline in Washington
state as proof that pipelines are unsafe. This neglects to acknowledge …
CLAIM: Critics of President Trump’s announced updates to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) said his action is stripping away environmental regulations.
The New York Times, for example, called it a “roll back” of environmental protections:
President Trump on Thursday capped a three-year drive to roll back clean air and water protections by proposing stark changes to the nation’s oldest and most established environmental law that could exempt major infrastructure projects from environmental review.
Reps. Diana DeGette and Francis Rooney urged lawmakers to oppose the changes:
“We invite you to join us in expressing our strong opposition to …