Dakota Access Proving Its Value to North Dakota

It’s been two and a half years since the Dakota Access Pipeline was placed into service and the benefits of the $3.8 billion project continue to prove its value to North Dakota.

The pipeline, which connects the Bakken oil patch to the U.S. Gulf Coast, has substantially lowered transportation costs for producers and made Bakken oil more competitive with other producing regions like West Texas’ Permian Basin. Moving Bakken oil by train cost producers as much as $25 a barrel, while sending it through the Dakota Access Pipeline is estimated to be below $10 a barrel, according to Lynn Helms, …

Democrat Warns Candidates About Opposing Pipeline Improvements in Minnesota

A Democrat and former campaign worker for Sen. Bernie Sanders is warning her party that they must be careful in opposing pipelines in Minnesota, or else they could jeopardize their electoral chances in the reliably Democratic state.

In Real Clear Politics, Savannah Shoemake cautions Democrats over opposing Line 3 in Minnesota:

One such minefield is opposing a pipeline called Line 3 that’s being rebuilt and replaced in Minnesota. While it hasn’t garnered much attention on the national stage yet, it could very well become the next Dakota Access or Keystone XL fight in the months ahead and just in time

Cautionary Tale: Candidates Should Heed Lessons From Germany When Proposing Renewable Energy Plans

“Reaching 100 percent renewable energy for electricity and transportation by no later than 2030 and complete decarbonization by 2050 at latest” – Bernie Sanders

“I’m embracing that goal by committing to adopt and build on Governor Inslee’s ten-year action plan to achieve 100% clean energy for America by decarbonizing our electricity, our vehicles, and our buildings.” – Elizabeth Warren

“2025 – Establish net-zero standards for new buildings; 2030 – Zero-emission standard for all new cars; 2035 – 100% emissions free electric grid; 2040 – Net-zero for all transportation sectors; 2045 – 85% methane recapture; 2049 – Achieve net-zero emissions” –

HYPOCRISY WATCH: Misguided Tactics by #ShutDownDC Protesters

Environmental activists are staging a series of highly publicized protests in Washington, D.C. – including one Monday that shut down major intersections in the city, leading to 32 arrests.

With more protests scheduled for the coming days, it’s worth considering the following:


Pipelines: Near Union Station, protestors blocked an intersection with a fake pipeline with “STOP PIPELINES” written on it. As we have noted previously, pipelines are the safest, most efficient and most environmentally conscious method of delivering energy that American consumers rely on.

Opposing pipelines will do nothing to limit the demand for or our

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 …