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Federalism at Work: States Lead on Hydraulic Fracturing Regulation
10/29/14
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AEA|
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It is not by the consolidation, or concentration of powers, but by their distribution, that good government is effected. Were not this great country already divided into states, that division must be made, that each might do for itself what concerns itself directly, and what it can do so much better than a distant authority.

-Thomas Jefferson

The Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC), a national association of state agencies, recently released a new study that examined what states are...Continue Reading...
It's not what it looks like
10/24/14
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Mike Morrison|
Blog
The Divestment Movement is Morally Bankrupt
10/23/14
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AEA|
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This week's National Journal Energy Insider's question is "What's the Value of Divestment?" AEA President Thomas Pyle's response is below:

In response to the recent climate change rally in New York, the satirical newspaper the Onion quipped, “7.1 Billion Demonstrate In Favor of Global Warming.” Their point? Nearly everyone benefits from the use of natural gas, petroleum, and coal because they provide the reliable and affordable energy that makes modern life possible.

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Climate Change Not a Top Priority for Americans
10/23/14
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AEA|
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Yesterday, Washington Post’s Plum Line blog wrote that climate change is the one “bright spot” for Democrats in the upcoming midterm election. Despite the very real prospect of losing the Senate, the blog asserts, “Liberals may have made a bit of headway in forcing climate change on to the national agenda.” For support, the article cites a Pew poll finding that large swaths of the population overwhelmingly believe in climate change (such as 18-29 year olds, nonwhites, and...Continue Reading...
Outrage Over EPA Rules Continues
10/22/14
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AEA|
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Since EPA proposed the new carbon dioxide emissions rules for existing power plants on June 2nd, twelve states have filed suit, arguing the new regulations are illegal under the Clean Air Act. The governors of Texas and West Virginia have demonstratively spoken out against the rules, citing their need for coal-fired power plants to provide their citizens with affordable, reliable power. And now, Virginia’s State Corporation Commission has released their own criticism.
“As currently...
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Is EPA Shutting Down Your Power Plant?
10/21/14
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AEA|
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A recent report from the Institute for Energy Research revealed that 72.7 gigawatts (GW) of power have closed or are scheduled to close because of EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Rule (colloquially called MATS or Utility MACT), the proposed Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR), and the recently proposed restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. This is enough electricity to reliably power 44.7 million homes , or every home in every state west of the Mississippi...Continue Reading...
Public Enemy #1
10/17/14
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Mike Morrison|
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Public Enemy AEA 600
Using More Energy Helps the Planet
10/17/14
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AEA|
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National Journal recently published an article with the somewhat exaggerated headline, “Why Natural Gas Won’t Help Save the Planet.” The story cites a study in Nature which equates “saving the planet” to “slashing global greenhouse-gas emissions.” But what do they say about the role energy plays in improving the planet? The report goes on to state, "Lower natural gas prices accelerate economic activity, reduce the incentive to invest in energy-saving technologies, and...Continue Reading...
No More Carbon Taxes in the Land Down Under
10/16/14
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AEA|
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Australia’s carbon tax was so disastrous that some of its biggest supporters are hastily distancing themselves from it -- and lawmakers in the U.S. should take note. The Sydney Morning Herald reported this week that the democratic socialist Labor Party is officially bailing on support for a carbon tax. Party leader Bill Shorten announced:
“We will not have a carbon tax, the Australian people have spoken and Labor is not going to go back to that.” [Emphasis added]
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Engineering America’s Tomorrow at the Colorado School of Mines
10/15/14
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AEA|
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America's energy boom has created an abundance of high-paying and secure jobs in the oil and gas industry at a time when other sectors of the economy continue to struggle. As a result students are flocking towards degree paths that will help them break into the industry. For example, the Colorado School of Mines has seen annual enrollment for undergrad petroleum engineering increase from under 300 to 900  in the last ten years. And it’s not alone. The University of Wyoming and the...Continue Reading...