Resource ‘conservation’ is achieved through resource consumption

“If we slow down our progress, including the generation of new ideas, by using less energy or less of any other resources, we deserve nothing but contempt from future generations—for example, from those who die prematurely because a medical cure comes twenty years later than it needed to.” Commentary by Alex Epstein Forbes One of the least controversial ideas in […]

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Greens vs Greens: Oregon wind project loses battle with sage grouse

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management had approved the project, and Harney County granted a key permit. But environmental groups, including the Oregon Natural Desert Association and the Audubon Society of Portland, challenged the BLM’s environmental review of the project. It needed the environmental review partly because the transmission line’s right of way would cross public lands. OregonLive/AP A federal […]

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Homeland Security warns of ‘eco-terrorism’ by protesters of new Diamond pipeline

Just months removed from the violence and attacks on police by environmental extremists fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline, state and federal officials are warning of similar, potentially catastrophic, attacks against another new pipeline between Oklahoma and Tennessee that enters service in the fall. Paul Bedard Washington Examiner Warnings of eco-terrorism, ‘mass casualties’ at new Okla-Tenn oil pipeline Just months removed […]

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Radical anti-fracking groups use kids as ruse to sue Colorado energy regulators

The media has described the petitioners in the case, aged 13 to 16, as “a group of teenagers,” “six underage plaintiffs,” “some Colorado children.” “Colorado Appeals Court Sides With Teens Seeking to Block Fracking,” Bloomberg BNA reports. “The kids win in court,” the Daily Camera headlined its editorial. Aileen Yeung Energy In-Depth National ‘Ban Fracking’ Activist Groups Hide Behind Kids in Oil and Gas Lawsuit In what the […]

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Trump’s DOI Secretary ends coal moratorium, opens way for oil and gas renaissance

“Secretarial Order 3348 overturns the 2016 moratorium on all new coal leases on federal land and ends the programmatic environmental impacts statement that was set to be completed no sooner than 2019..” by Marjorie Haun Department of Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke, former U.S. Representative from Montana, has made it clear that he intends to implement President Trump’s America-first energy plan. […]

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Fossil Fuels Ascending: BLM Acting Director puts renewables on back burner

President Trump this week ordered BLM to “expeditiously” rescind its hydraulic fracturing regulations and review its methane venting and flaring rule. Zinke also ended the moratorium on new coal leasing, revoked the department’s policy on offsetting development impacts on natural resources, and ordered a review of all its rules on climate change, mitigation and energy development. Scott Streater Energy & […]

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Colorado’s Southern Ute tribe backs repeal of BLM ‘methane rule’

Existing regulations “already protect air quality” and the BLM’s methane rule should be abolished, Clement Frost, chairman of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, said in a statement to Western Wire. The Tribe, located in southwest Colorado, develops oil and natural gas. The new restrictions pose a threat to the local economy and to funding levels for essential services, Frost said. “If […]

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Trump orders progress on Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines

For Keystone XL, the Obama administration’s own State Department reviewed the project multiple times and concluded that the pipeline would pose negligible environmental risk and not contribute significantly to global warming—a big sticking point and one of the reasons former President Barack Obama rejected the application. Nicholas Loris Daily Signal In a win for the economy and the environment, President Donald Trump […]

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U.S. shale oil, natural gas trump Russia’s power play

The geopolitical implications (never mind the domestic economic benefits) of expanding U.S. shale capabilities should be obvious. Not only would increasing shale output keep downward pressure on prices, but as Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), chairman of the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee, earlier observed: “Many U.S. allies and trading partners are interested in purchasing American oil to diversify away from […]

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Attack on Western Colorado: Obama denies Jordan Cove LNG Project

 “…the FERC denial is not based on environmental concerns.  The Jordan Cove project has exceeded the environmental regulations.  So, the federal government had to take a new angle for stopping responsible energy development by citing demand as an issue, regardless of the fact that two major Japanese companies have contracts ready to buy the natural gas produced in western Colorado […]

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