Happy New Year! We’re excited about the opportunities in 2017 for Energy Citizens to support job creation, strengthen our nation’s security, and keep energy affordable.
All eyes are now on Washington, but the fact is that we must prepare for challenges across the states. As part of a larger effort to shut down American oil and natural gas, anti-energy activist plan to battle critical pipeline projects and pro-energy policies at the local level.
“The opposition is going to be much more local, much more focused.” — Anti-Energy Leader Jane Kleeb
But communicating to government alone will not win the day. We also need to reach out to members of our communities… to friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, and our social networks. It’s important that we talk about why energy is important to us and why we need policies and leadership that support American energy development.
Increased production of U.S. oil and natural gas has added stability to world markets, exerting downward pressure on prices and reducing the influence of less-stable producing regions.
Heating and electricity costs are also down, providing breathing room in family budgets and giving a competitive edge to U.S. businesses, whose manufacturing costs are now 10 to 20 percent lower than those of many international competitors.
But we can’t just coast on our success. America’s status as a world energy superpower can either grow or wither based on specific policy choices.
As Gerard points out, for the energy revolution to continue, our nation needs to embrace policies that will further encourage oil and gas production. These include allowing oil and exploration off of Virginia’s coast, creating opportunities to build new pipelines and other energy infrastructure, reforming or ending the ethanol mandate, and not imposing burdensome new restrictions on hydraulic fracturing.
Pursuing these policies will ensure that American energy production remains strong for years to come. That’s good news for Virginians and everyone else in the United States.
There is a lot of misunderstanding in America about oil and natural gas. You can help us set the record straight.
Many people think that oil is just for gasoline, and natural gas is just for heating and cooking. Wrong! Oil and natural gas provide the building blocks for thousands of products, including:
• Computers and cell phones
• Footballs and sports equipment
You can help us expand people’s understanding of the benefits of oil and natural gas by sharing an Energy Citizens meme on Facebook or Twitter, such as:
And when you share a meme, you can receive a free Energy Citizens t-shirt and, if you receive 25 likes or more, be entered in a drawing to win an Apple Watch. Please check out the Energy Citizens Meme Page to learn more and get started.
Thanks to fracking and the shale revolution, America is now the world’s top producer of natural gas. This increased production is creating jobs, growing the U.S. economy, and reducing our reliance on foreign energy. However, the American natural gas industry could create even more benefits if outdated restrictions did not hamper liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports.
LNG exports will drive economic growth by creating jobs, encouraging production, and stimulating investment, according to a substantial body of research that includes studies from Brookings Institution, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, Deloitte, and ICF International.
Most recently, the Department of Energy’s own macroeconomic analysis, released in October of 2015, found that expanded export scenarios would add between $7.7 billion and $20.5 billion to the economy and between 9,600 and 35,200 jobs, to the U.S. workforce every year from 2026 to 2040. The study concluded that economic benefits would increase with the level of exports: The more we export, the better off our economy will be.
It’s time that our nation’s laws governing energy exports are updated to meet today’s reality. The shale revolution has changed the way America produces energy. We can’t afford to have antiquated laws stifling job creation, economic growth, and energy security.
The federal government’s Bureau of Land Management is proposing yet one more set of rules that are aimed at hurting Colorado’s ability to produce oil and natural gas. This department controls a lot of land in the state, so its proposed rule on venting, flaring, and leaking will have a big effect on Colorado’s ability to produce affordable and clean natural gas.
It makes no sense for the federal government to impose a one-size-fits-all rule for venting and flaring. The rules for Colorado should be tailored for our state, not come from a bureaucrat in Washington, D.C. This type of rule-making could kill jobs and hurt our economy.
It’s no secret that anti-energy activists are going after towns across Colorado to end energy development in our state—and Adams County is the most recent target.
The Adams County Board of Commissioners recently enacted a terrible restriction—banning all new permits and cooperative working agreements for oil and natural gas projects in parts of the County. This decision fails to take into account that:
Energy development has taken place safely in Colorado for decades
This ban could undermine jobs and our local energy economy
Colorado families depend on the affordable energy that safe natural gas production makes possible
Please join with other Energy Citizens and email the Adams County Board of Commissioners.
The omnibus budget bill has been in the news a lot recently, generating much discussion about how much exporting U.S. crude oil would stimulate the economy and create jobs. But we should not forget about the economy-boosting potential of another American-made fuel – liquefied natural gas.
Making it easier for U.S. energy producers to sell LNG overseas would have a big impact on both the national and Illinois economies. You might remember a 2014 study underwritten by API that predicted half of all states would see over $1 billion in income gains and at least 6,000 net jobs if we increased LNG exports.
In Illinois, we could expect 17,341 new jobs and $2.6 billion in additional income by 2035. These are estimates, obviously, but if it amounted to even just a fraction of that , think what that would mean for our state.
An overview of the study is here. It’s worth a look if you’re interested in ways to make the Illinois economy flourish.
Overall, the effect on Minnesota’s economy is positive, he said, based off the April production and price scenarios, contributing a 0.4 percent to 0.9 percent employment boost.
“Under the high-price scenario, total employment rises by 25,211 jobs in 2016 and generates an additional $2.5 billion in gross state product, compared with increases of 21,210 jobs and $2 billion under the base scenario,” according to the study.
Estimates for 2016 show state-level tax revenue in Minnesota increasing from $104 million in a low-price scenario to $155.5 million in the high scenario.
This study should serve as an important reminder of the importance of pro-energy policies to Minnesota’s workers and economy. Our state benefits when lawmakers support energy production. That’s a message Energy Citizens need to reinforce with our members of Congress.
According to a new report from the Colorado Energy Council (CEC), Colorado is truly “resource rich.” The state is a top producer of traditional and alternative energy—and natural resources combined with a strong workforce paint a bright future for the Centennial State.
According to Brian Payer, who co-chairs the CEC’s Resource Rich Colorado Committee, the state has “one of the most diverse energy economies in the world.”
For the seventh year in a row, the CEC—an affiliate of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation (EDC)—has developed its “Resource Rich Colorado” report to provide a detailed, metric-intensive report on energy as a whole in the state.
According to EDC CEO Tom Clark, the report enables his organization and others such as the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce to promote public policies that support both traditional and alternative energy. Recently the EDC and Chamber worked together to support lifting the ban on crude oil exports.
The report ranks Colorado as the nation’s seventh largest producer of crude oil and sixth for natural gas. In addition, oil and natural gas operations in the state have become increasingly efficient. According to the report, the efficiency per rig has increased by as much as six times.
While Colorado’s energy sector has been hit by falling commodity prices, the state is positioned to weather the downturn and recover. “Several factors continue to make Colorado a magnet for energy companies,” said Tom Clark. “The state’s low income tax, moderate business costs, skilled energy workers, and diverse resource base continue to attract investment and create jobs in the energy and natural resources sector.”
Anti-energy activists are doing everything they can to slow down energy production, and their latest attempt is attacking development in southeastern Ohio. That’s why Ohioans need to send as many letters as possible, and show the BLM that we support continued energy development in our state. Click here to send a letter now!