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Calls to ban gas stoves are anti-science, anti-freedom, and anti-energy

Instead of informing us with accurate science about gas stoves so we can make better decisions, anti-fossil fuel activists are distorting scienceCalls to ban gas stoves are anti-science, anti-freedom, and anti-energyInstead of informing us with accurate science about gas stoves so we can make better decisions, anti-fossil fuel activists are distorting science to justify forcing their anti-gas agenda on us. Early 2023 has featured a carefully orchestrated campaign in which: 1. A paper whose lead author is an anti-fossil-fuel activist claims that gas stoves cause 12.7% of child asthma. 2. The Federal government and NY proposed bans on new gas stoves. We should reject this campaign.1 The campaign against gas stoves should be rejected for 3 reasons: 1. Families have the right to...

Published on 1/20/2023 (11 days ago) Alex Epstein Corner

 

API Energy Excellence

The natural gas and oil industry is unified in our commitment to accelerating safety and environmental progress across its operations, while meeting global demand for affordable, reliable and cleaner energy. Meeting this demand requires safe and responsible production, transportation, refining and exports managed by a skilled and diverse workforce and continuously improving our performance by incorporating new technologies and approaches informed by sound science and performance data.As a core value incorporated into API Principles, API members commit to enhance the integrity of operations across the industry by applying standards, implementing workforce training programs, and participating in performance initiatives. While API member companies have been using API standards and programs...

Published on 1/20/2023 (11 days ago) Oil/Gas

 

Texas regulators investigating Atmos Energy for natural gas service failures during freeze

The Texas Railroad Commission, the agency that regulates the state’s oil and natural gas industry, is investigating Atmos Energy for failures in its natural gas services during last week’s deep freeze.Earlier this week, Gov. Greg Abbott sent letters to state Attorney General Ken Paxton and the Railroad Commission directing them to investigate why many of the company’s customers in North and Central Texas were left without the natural gas necessary to use their water heaters, stoves, and furnaces as temperatures plunged in the days before Christmas.In announcing the launch of the investigation late Wednesday, the Railroad Commission said Atmos Energy had reported “low pressure” as the reason why customers in parts of the state were experiencing interruptions in their natural gas services on...

Published on 1/20/2023 (11 days ago) Energy Crisis

 

API Statement on Biden Administration’s Energy and Climate Executive Orders

WASHINGTON, January 20, 2021 – American Petroleum Institute (API) President and CEO Mike Sommers issued the following statement in response to President Biden’s executive actions on climate and energy issues.“President Biden takes office at a time when the U.S. leads the world both in energy production and environmental performance. This president inherits a strong American energy picture – marked by low household energy costs, record emissions reductions and less reliance on foreign energy. Accelerating America’s energy and environmental progress and enabling the nation’s economic recovery will require sound and effective regulatory and other policies that protect access to affordable, reliable, and cleaner energy produced in the United States.“We share President Biden’s goal of...

Published on 1/20/2023 (11 days ago) Energy Crisis

 

Bill proposes permanent Montana Water Court

The future of water adjudication, administration and enforcement in Montana is the subject of a bill that saw division Monday among agriculture and other water users weighing in.Western water law is a complex and contentious issue. Water rights are assigned by priority date, meaning older water rights are “senior” to newer “junior” rights and get priority for use in agriculture, mining, municipal water or other uses such as instream flows. Determining who is first in time has been the duty of the Montana Water Court since 1979.Following ratification of the state constitution in 1972 which recognized existing water rights, the Legislature passed the Montana Water Use Act of 1973. That tasked district courts with issuing final decrees on nearly 220,000 pre-1973 water rights to determine the...

Published on 1/20/2023 (11 days ago) Montana Legislature

 

NOAA: Ian, drought supercharged US weather extremes in 2022

DENVER — Costly weather disasters kept raining down on America last year, pounding the nation with 18 climate extremes that caused at least $1 billion in damage each, totaling more than $165 billion, federal climate scientists calculated Tuesday.Even though 2022 wasn’t near record hot for the United States, it was the third-wildest year nationally both in number of extremes that cost $1 billion and overall damage from those weather catastrophes, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in a report issued at the American Meteorological Society's conference.The amount, cost and death toll of billion-dollar weather disaster s make up a key measurement, adjusted for inflation, that NOAA uses to see how bad human-caused climate change is getting. They led to at least 474...

Published on 1/20/2023 (11 days ago) Climate Change

 

BLM plans June oil and gas lease sale

Montana will see a federal oil and gas lease sale in June, the Bureau of Land Management announced recently, the first since a retooling of the rules by President Joe Biden’s administration.The BLM announced Friday that it is seeking public input on 52 parcels totaling 20,951 acres located in Montana and North Dakota. There are new, increased rates for bid minimums royalties. The sale is scheduled for June 27.Most of the parcels up for lease are located in North Dakota. The exception is a 227-acre parcel west of Forsyth on the Yellowstone River.The new lease terms are established in the Inflation Reduction Act. Royalty rates are increasing from 12.5% to 16.67%, bringing the federal royalties in line with the Montana rate. Federal officials have also done away with noncompetitive leases,...

Published on 1/20/2023 (11 days ago) Oil/Gas

 

TVA to build natural gas plant despite concerns from EPA

The Associated Press - The nation’s largest public utility has decided to build a new natural gas plant despite concerns from the Environmental Protection Agency that its analysis of alternatives is faulty and that the project is at odds with President Biden’s clean energy goals.Tennessee Valley Authority President and CEO Jeff Lyash on Tuesday signed a decision to move forward with a 1,450-megawatt natural gas plant at the site of the utility’s coal-burning Cumberland Fossil Plant, near Cumberland City, Tennessee. TVA plans to retire the first of two coal burning units there by the end of 2026 and plans to have the gas plant up and running before then.TVA provides power to 10 million people in parts of seven Southern states.The utility provided the EPA with a final environmental impact...

Published on 1/20/2023 (11 days ago) Oil/Gas

 

Groups seek probe of NY-NJ whale deaths amid wind power prep

Environmental groups and opponents of offshore wind energy want a federal investigation into the deaths of six whales that have washed ashore in New Jersey and New York in little over a month.ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — As the stench of a dead whale hung in the air, environmentalists and opponents of offshore wind stood on a beach where the marine mammal lay buried Monday and called for a federal probe into a spate of whale deaths in New Jersey and New York.Groups from the two states wrote President Joe Biden requesting a probe of the deaths of six whales that washed ashore over the last 33 days in areas being prepared for large-scale offshore wind farms. They also are asking for a halt to site work until the causes are determined.Cindy Zipf, executive director of New Jersey-based Clean...

Published on 1/20/2023 (11 days ago) Solar, Wind & EV's

 

Gasoline Prices Set to Rise if Corn Belt States Win Fuel Fight

Some Americans could end up paying more for their gasoline thanks to a plan by seven Midwestern state governors to boost the use of corn-based ethanol.Their request is under review by the federal government. If adopted, it could be good news for corn farmers throughout the region, including the politically important state of Iowa.But it would also force oil refiners supplying the Midwest to provide a specialized gasoline grade and construct new storage tanks and other infrastructure. That has the potential to increase costs, which would likely be passed on to consumers already squeezed by soaring inflation. Prices at the pump are seen rising by at least 2 cents per gallon in affected states, according to a study by consultancy MathPro Inc., though some industry groups say the costs could...

Published on 1/20/2023 (11 days ago) Oil/Gas

 

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