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An Energy Agenda for 2016

Presidential candidates from both parties are outlining their positions on the issues in an attempt to attract voters. Energy Citizens need to make sure that the men and women running for president are forthright on what the candidates will do about energy.

What should these candidates focus on?

In the Pittsburgh Tribune, Jeffrey Kupfer, former acting deputy secretary of the Department of Energy, outlines some federal policies that would be very beneficial for our nation:

First, the federal government needs to loosen the restrictions on exports of oil and natural gas. Virtually every study concludes that ending the 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports would actually lower gasoline prices by at least a few cents per gallon. Allowing oil exports and liberalizing LNG exports would add hundreds of billions of dollars to our economy every year.

Second, the federal government needs to reduce overregulation. While we need sensible rules that protect human health and the environment, the federal government must not overstep its bounds. The Obama administration's so-called Clean Power Plan, for instance, not only imposes its vision of how everyone should produce and use energy, but it is also likely to increase electricity costs and threaten reliability.

Third, we need to upgrade our energy infrastructure and implement an efficient permitting system that looks at the merits of a project, not the politics. The Keystone pipeline is Exhibit A. No project should take seven years to review. Because of the delay, we have failed to capitalize on billions of dollars in new investment and tens of thousands of new jobs.

Taking these steps would create jobs, grow our economy, help consumers, and increase revenue for governments at the federal, state, and local levels. We need to see presidential candidates embracing these ideas, along with other pro-development policies, over the course of the campaign.


Let’s Keep Washington Out of Our Gas Tanks!

The Obama administration will soon announce next year’s RFS requirement. We need to tell President Obama to stop playing politics and ask the EPA to set reasonable limits on the amount of ethanol that can be blended into our fuel supply. 

Not only could the ethanol mandate damage engines, it could increase the costs of consumer goods and hurt small businesses. 

Take a moment to send a letter today. Encourage your friends to do the same by posting on Facebook and Twitter. You can also spread the word by downloading and sharing the infographics below.

Tell President Obama: Stay out of our gas tanks

President Obama’s EPA will soon announce next year’s RFS requirement. Make your voice heard before the decision is announced.

It’s time for President Obama to stop playing politics and tell the EPA to set reasonable limits on the amount of ethanol that can be blended into our fuel supply. Take a moment to send a letter today

Not only can ethanol blends above 10% damage engines not warrantied for higher-ethanol fuel blends, it could increase the costs of consumer goods and hurt small businesses. We need to keep Washington out of our gas tanks – tell President Obama and the EPA to fix the RFS

One year from today...

We’re just one year away from an election that will be a turning point for our nation—and for American energy.

Will we elect a President and Congress who support American energy development and our progress toward energy security? Or will we elect a government that further impedes domestic energy development?

Now is the time to start building for a strong pro-energy vote in 2016. And we need all Energy Citizens to start encouraging energy to be a central campaign focus. We’re just not hearing enough about energy from the presidential candidates of both parties. Highlight energy when you talk to others about the elections. And if you attend campaign events—such as fundraisers, house parties, town halls, and so on—ask questions about energy.

You can also connect with us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to see the latest facts, articles, and infographics on American energy—and be sure to share with friends and family!

It’s not just national elections that will impact energy policy. In many states, we could see ballot measures that try to ban local energy development. Help get the word out that we need to stop bad energy policies when we cast our vote.

You’ll be hearing more from us in the coming months about the election. Stay tuned—and thank you for being part of Energy Citizens.

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Keystone XL Status Report - More of the Same

Read this article: Gov. Heineman says he’ll take his time studying Keystone XL report.

How much time does will the Governor need to see what has been obvious to Energy Citizens all along – KXL is a crucial piece of U.S. energy infrastructure that would not only help meet our energy demand but also create jobs and grow our economy.

Gov. Heineman doesn’t have to read the whole 2,000-page document. He can just glance at the Executive Summary his own Department of Environmental Quality has prepared. Look at these NDEQ reported findings:

  • Construction and operation of KXL could have minimal environmental impacts in Nebraska.
  • Any impact on aquifers from a release would be localized and Keystone would be responsible for the cleanup.
  • Construction would result in $418.1 million in economic benefits and support up to 4,560 new or existing jobs in Nebraska.
  • The project would generate $16.5 million in use taxes from construction materials and $11 million - $13 million in local property tax revenues in the first year of valuation.

Does it really take a lot of study to say yes to that?

KXL opponents are not wasting any time, of course. They still say no, clinging to their baseless objections to the pipeline.

Energy Citizens have been waiting for Keystone XL for four years now. So we hope Gov. Heineman will send his recommendations to the President before another 4 years pass.

Keystone XL Hearing on Tap After NDEQ Releases Draft Report

A public hearing, preceded by an open house informational session, has been set for December 4 at the County Fairgrounds in Albion, Nebraska. This meeting will give citizens a chance to learn more about and provide input on a 600-page report just released by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality. It covers the environmental, social and economic effects of the Keystone XL pipeline route in NE.

Many Energy Citizens will undoubtedly jump on this opportunity to once again show their support for the Keystone XL pipeline. It is encouraging that the State Department is expected to attend the hearing and we hope that after more than four years of waiting, approval could be just around the corner.

Check out these great pictures of pipe stockpiled in anticipation of KXL construction. It is ready to go, and so are the American people. If you have a chance, go to the meeting in Albion and tell them that.

Jobs in Jeopardy with Keystone XL on Hold

With plenty of backing from hard-core environmental groups, a handful of landowners are suing the State of Nebraska, seeking to block the recently passed law that would pave the way for Keystone XL.

But Gov. Dave Heineman makes it clear that this lawsuit will not stop the process of finding a new, environmentally safe route for the pipeline. As he says, if the state stopped every project every time they got sued, “we’d never get anything done.”

And a company in Georgia is adding workers to support their product line that make oil sands extraction better for the environment. Thousands of Georgia workers could eventually be employed in this industry—the company is still hiring engineers to help with their work.

Energy Citizens in every state are concerned about the long-term economic effects of the Keystone XL delay. The longer we wait, the more jobs we put at risk.

NDEQ Announce Public Hearings on Keystone XL. Join Us Today.

Nebraska's DEQ announced four hearings to discuss the Keystone XL route through the state.  We encourage all Energy Citizens to attend and learn more about the route and why this makes America and Nebraska stronger.  The hearings details are below.  Email us at for more information.

Wednesday, May 9th from 4 – 7 PM at the O’Neil Community Center located at 501 S. 4th St.


Thursday, May 10th from 4 – 7 PM at the Neligh-Oakdale High School gym located at 600 J St.


Wednesday, May 16th from 4 – 7 PM at the Boone County Fairgrounds located at 11th and Fairview Avenue.


Thursday, May 17th from 4 – 7 PM at the Central City Community Room located at 1515 17th St.

If approved, the Keystone XL Pipeline will not only provide our nation with much needed energy security, but will also immediately create 20,000 good paying construction jobs. All without cost to the American tax payer.

The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality will soon be holding public hearings in your area to hear from citizens like you about the impact and benefits of building this important pipeline.  

Anti-Keystone XL activists are sure to show up in large numbers at these public hearings on the newly proposed Keystone route. Energy Citizens who care about this important piece of America’s future energy security need to attend as well, to show lawmakers and regulators that most Nebraskans - and other commonsense energy supporters around the nation – want to see the pipeline built.

Do no pass up this opportunity to learn more about the new route and testify on behalf of Keystone XL.

RSVP today and we will contact you with more information on how you can get involved.

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