New Jersey Legislature Should Reject the Nuclear Bailout

Categorized in: blogrightrails, National, Natural Gas, New Jersey

Should rate payers have to pay higher prices to prop up the nuclear industry?

The answer is no. Nuclear power plants aren’t making enough money in New Jersey’s electricity market, so state legislators want the people of New Jersey to pay them a subsidy to protect their earnings. The money they want will come out of ratepayers’ pockets.

If the nuclear industry cannot compete with alternative forms of energy, then it should not be up to us to subsidize the owners of these plants. Government interference in favor of nuclear power will help that industry at the expense of the average New Jersey resident. That is not the right thing for the government to do. There is no good reason for legislators to force residents to pay more for electricity to make these plants more profitable.

The New Jersey Legislature should stand up for families and businesses by rejecting the nuclear bailout.

Ivey Site is an Example of Energy Development at its Best

Categorized in: blogrightrails, Colorado, Hydraulic Fracturing, Infrastructure, National

Adams County Commissioners will soon be considering whether to allow energy development at the Ivey site in the northwest corner of the county. This will be a safe, well-regulated project that will deliver enormous economic benefits to the region. But make no mistake: anti-energy activists will try to stop this project with fear, intimidation, and misinformation

The Ivey site development is an example of energy development at its best. It will contribute to America’s energy supply while helping the local community. Homes, schools, and parks are situated well outside the setback requirements for energy development at the Ivey site. The project will rely on pipelines, not trucks, for removing and transporting developed resources. This will help control traffic around the site. In addition, a solid emergency response plan has been developed, with support from local officials.

In addition to supporting jobs, the Ivey site will contribute more than $76 million in tax revenues over the life of the project. These funds can help improve our schools, libraries, parks, and government services.

It would be a mistake to sacrifice the opportunities of the Ivey site project for the unjustified fears promoted by anti-energy activists. Adams County Commissioners should support this sensible, local energy development.

Support Pro-Growth Tax Reform

Categorized in: blogrightrails, National, Taxes

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed their tax reform bill. Now, the Senate needs to finish the job by voting for lower, fairer taxes too.

The Senate tax reform bill could ease the tax burden on working families and get American businesses investing in our economy again. American families could directly benefit from a smarter, fairer tax system. It could strengthen the U.S. energy security, create jobs and make our economy stronger.

Senate passage of tax reform could put more money in the hands of working Americans and enable U.S. businesses to invest in our economy and create new jobs. This tax reform bill could help our families and communities.

Bringing down our job-killing tax rates could allow U.S. companies to invest in their businesses and hire more workers. They could become more competitive in global markets and be better able to meet the needs of U.S. consumers.

Tax reform is especially important for energy companies. Lowering taxes could allow American oil and natural gas producers to compete fairly with foreign energy producers. It could increase domestic oil and natural gas development, strengthen U.S. energy and national security, and create more living-wage jobs in energy and other industries.

The Senate has the opportunity to pass the first meaningful tax reform measure in over three decades. Senators should vote in favor of pro-growth tax reform to benefit Americans

Illinois Policymakers Need to Embrace Expanding Energy Infrastructure

Categorized in: blogrightrails, Illinois, Infrastructure

The United States is an energy-rich country, but the full benefits of energy production cannot be realized without the right infrastructure to transport and store it. From pipelines to storage facilities to refineries to ports, Illinois’s policymakers need to embrace expanding the infrastructure that supports oil and natural gas development in the Land of Lincoln.

Pipeline companies work with Illinois’s local and state governments, as well as the federal government, to address community health, safety, security, and environmental concerns throughout every phase of a pipeline’s development and operation. Pipeline plans are approved before construction starts, and pipelines are inspected regularly during the building and throughout their operational lifetime.

Former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said, “Natural gas has been a game-changer with our ability to really move forward with pollution reductions that have been very hard to get our arms around for decades.” As the demand for natural gas grows in Illinois, so does the need to build and expand our pipeline system. Building these important infrastructure projects could lower heating and electricity costs, create jobs and improve our economy.

By lowering energy costs, growing the economy, creating jobs, and helping the environment, natural gas has done a lot for Illinois. It can do even more to benefit us if energy infrastructure can be expanded to keep up with consumer demand. I hope our policymakers don’t let a small band of activists stand in the way of much-needed pipelines and other infrastructure projects.

SECURE Act to Usher in a New Era of American Energy Production

Categorized in: blogrightrails, Jobs, National, Offshore Drilling

Congress has the chance to expand America’s energy security, support local jobs, and ensure Americans’ access to reliable American energy for years to come.

There is a new bill being considered in Congress called the SECURE American Energy Act, or H.R. 4239. This bipartisan bill would usher in a new era of American energy production which could mean thousands of great paying jobs, tax revenues, and economic development that will benefit generations of Americans.

States with oil and natural gas development have a long history of informed and effective regulation of the industry, tailored to the geology and practices of each particular state. The SECURE Act will cut through the bureaucratic red tape in Washington, and enable states to work with the federal government to establish new opportunities for American energy development. This legislation will also make it easier for U.S. companies to create U.S. jobs by developing our resources on federal lands.

If Congress acts, Americans could see up to 840,000 new jobs created and over $200 billion in new revenue for the states along the pipeline route and federal government. The United States is the #1 producer of oil and natural gas, and that means all Americans will see more affordable and reliable energy. It is vital for Congress to vote for the SECURE Act and keep the American energy renaissance moving.

Pipelines: Helping Make All Your Halloween Fun Possible

Categorized in: blogrightrails, Infrastructure, National

Halloween is here! Whether you are handing out candy, attending a party, or out trick-or-treating, pipelines make Halloween possible.

The costumes, face paint and hair dye that make Halloween unique are all made from oil and natural gas, and delivered through pipelines. Take for instance, the wrappers around Halloween candy – they are often made from plastic, which is created from oil. The same goes for the stretchable fabrics like polyester that weave together your favorite costumes. Without the millions of miles of existing pipelines in the United States that deliver energy safely and efficiently, many of these great Halloween products wouldn’t exist.

It’s safe to say, Halloween wouldn’t be the same without pipelines to make our favorite products possible. And without pipelines, life as we know it would be pretty scary!  

Click here to learn more about the ways energy infrastructure make life possible year round.

Support Minnesota Line 3

Categorized in: blogrightrails, Infrastructure, Minnesota, National

A pipeline known as Line 3 has been delivering energy safely and efficiently to Minnesota for over 50 years. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is currently holding a public comment period to receive feedback on this project. 

It is now time to look toward the future and build a replacement pipeline so Minnesota residents have access to affordable and reliable energy in the years to come. Along with improving our energy infrastructure and safety standards, this project will also support good-paying jobs, provide a boost for local economies, and increase tax revenue for public services.


Preventing Needless Energy Taxes in Pennsylvania

Categorized in: National, Pennsylvania, Taxes

Time is not on our side. With a state budget that’s more than two months overdue, the House has returned to figure out how to balance the budget and fund our state. We must act now. Tell your representative that taxing Pennsylvania energy is not the answer to Harrisburg’s spending. Stop the severance tax today!


The governor and his allies don’t seem to care that this is a dangerous tax scheme that could threaten tens of thousands of good-paying jobs, put affordable energy for Pennsylvania families at risk, and threaten America’s energy security.


Pennsylvania should not be subjected to a new tax to fund Governor Wolf’s big spending plans. We have to let our representatives know that this energy tax would harm Pennsylvania families.

It’s Time to Fix the Renewable Fuel Standard

Categorized in: Colorado, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, National, New England, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, RFS, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was supposedly created to help address environmental concerns. However its negative impacts on the American people and its unrealistic mandates produce more damaging effects than benefits.

Damaging Cars: Ethanol blends of more than 10% potentially could damage millions of vehicles and void engine warranties. Many cars, especially ones created before this mandate weren’t designed to accommodate ethanol blends, especially ones over 10%.

Increased Food Cost: The RFS ultimately takes away crops that would normally be used for food. This can cause the price of food and consumer goods to increase.

Hurting Small Business: An ethanol mandate can lead to overhead and delivery cost increases. This would cause a negative chain reaction leaving less money to be reinvested, resulting in small businesses struggling to find the funds to make new hires or even meet payrolls.

The RFS biofuel mandates are causing more harm than good and it needs to be fixed!

Picking one type of energy over another can hurt the environment

Categorized in: Infrastructure, National

With anti-pipeline protests much in the news lately, Robert Bryce, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, recently published a guest op-ed that points out how self-proclaimed environmentalists who oppose oil and gas pipelines as part of their “keep it in the ground” strategy may very well be doing more ecological harm than good.

“The Anti-Pipeline Anti-Environmentalists” explains how plans to completely switch to so-called “clean energy” instead of oil and natural gas could wreak land use havoc:

Climate activists are now hoping to block oil and gas pipeline projects across the country due to their claim that we must keep all hydrocarbons in the ground to avert catastrophic climate change. Those same activists repeatedly claim we don’t need fossil fuels because we can rely solely on wind and solar energy.

But while they obsess over our carbon footprint, climate activists don’t give a fig about the land-use footprint of renewables. Indeed, the dirty truth about “clean” energy is that it requires shocking amounts of land. In a recent report for the Manhattan Institute, I show that using wind and solar energy to reduce domestic carbon dioxide emissions by 80% by 2050 (80 by 50) will require covering about 287,700 square miles of territory — an area about the size of Texas and West Virginia combined.

Energy Citizens have been making similar points for years. Selectively choosing one energy resource over another never works. Our lifestyles depend on a commonsense mix of all forms of energy, the “all of the above” energy strategy that should be the goal of U.S. energy policies.

It’s up to us to keep reminding decision-makers in state and federal government to support energy policies – such as the reasonable use of pipelines – that will supply us with the energy we need.