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states2017  power-past-impossible 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 2, 2017

The first recorded mountaineering expedition occurred in 1492. According to Pastemagazine.com, the first recorded mountaineer was a fellow named Antoine de Ville, who climbed Mont Aiguille in the Vercors near Grenoble in southeastern France (best known as the locale for the 1968 Winter Olympics). Safe to say, de Ville made his assent without the help of modern climbing gear and clothing – a lot of it made with the help of natural gas and oil – which have made climbing popular among today’s outdoors enthusiasts. Put another way, climbers everywhere should be grateful they don’t have to do what they do in old-fashioned wool outerwear and leather-soled boots.

Mountain and rock climbing, though not the same, are related in the way they surmount the obstacles of sheer rock and the forces of nature – and in the way energy makes them safer and better. In the United States, the state of Idaho is among the best places for a climber to get their thrills, boasting impressive ranges such as the “Seven Devils Mountains” and the Sawtooth Range.

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anwr  alaska  us-energy-security  oil-and-natural-gas  access 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 1, 2017

Key points about the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), as debate over whether to open a portion of ANWR to oil and natural gas development begins a new chapter with an important U.S. Senate hearing on Thursday: ANWR’s energy potential is large – Alaska large; ANWR can be safely developed; and ANWR is part of a long-term U.S. energy vision.

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offshore-energy  offshore-access  department-of-defense  atlantic-ocs  leasing-plan 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 1, 2017

A sensible, safe and forward-looking offshore energy strategy – one that acknowledges that keeping 94 percent of federal offshore acreage off limits to responsible development risks U.S. energy security – underscores the need for reliable scientific data to establish the size and location of offshore oil and natural gas reserves, through safe seismic testing. Every other discussion about where offshore development may occur in the years ahead is premature until the resource base is known. In this context, a recent claim that U.S. military priorities and offshore energy development in the Atlantic Ocean are mostly incompatible is just plain silly.

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electric-grid  natural-gas  consumers  energy-department  ferc 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 31, 2017

Sizing up points made on both sides of Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s proposal that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission change the electricity marketplace: government intervention vs. market competition; propping up certain generation facilities vs. protecting consumers; diversity in power generation for diversity’s sake vs. what’s best for grid health. We’ll go with markets, consumers and grid health – all of which point toward electricity generation fueled by abundant, affordable, reliable natural gas.

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states2017  power-past-impossible 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 26, 2017

If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and sounds like a duck – then it’s probably a duck, right? With Arkansas’ annual duck hunting season drawing nigh, the old saying probably is on the minds of thousands of state duck hunters, looking to extend a treasured tradition in these parts. Energy will give them a hand.

Between November and January, millions of ducks traveling along the Mississippi Flyway descend on Arkansas’ rolling prairies, flooded timber and serene wetlands – to the delight of the state’s 87,000 duck hunters. They’ll be dressed in camo and waders. They’ll deploy floating duck decoys and arm themselves with shotgun shells. They’ll sit for hours in duck blinds, perhaps with their loyal retriever. Energy will help them make the most of the opportunity.

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states2017  power-past-impossible 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 24, 2017

Long-time residents of Washington state joke that the western part, between the Cascades and the Pacific Ocean has two seasons – a rainy one that keeps forests of evergreens ever green, and a dry one that begins promptly on July 5, the day after soggy Independence Day festivities.

More seriously, Washington’s seasons, its climate, elevations and other factors combine to make great grapes – ultimately making the state the country’s second-largest premium wine producer in the country. Natural gas and oil help make it so – playing essential supporting roles in wine-making just as they do in so many other aspects of modern life, all across the 50 states.

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air-quality  ozone-standards  epa34  emission-reductions 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 20, 2017

The current state of ozone regulation is a mess – and Washington needs to do something about it.

Late in 2015, EPA imposed new standards for ozone air quality, which posed an immediate problem out in the rest of the country because existing, 2008 standards weren’t yet fully implemented. Basically, the states were faced with having to deal with two competing sets of ozone regulations. As we wrote at the time, the 2015 standards weren’t necessary because the 2008 regime already was working and would continue to work toward better air quality.

Today, this confusing, unnecessary situation remains – unnecessary because air quality continues to improve.

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states2017  power-past-impossible 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 19, 2017

Autumn is nature’s showiest time of year. In Virginia, as in other states, lush, green forests give way to the unmistakable colors of fall – with leaves in many parts of the commonwealth reaching peak right about now. There’s nothing quite like the season’s display of fiery colors against the deep-blue autumn sky. It’s a sight to see, free of charge – and there’s perhaps no better place to see it than in Virginia’s Shenandoah region. Here are just a few of the many ways you can get outside and take it in – all of which are made possible by the unsung wonders of natural gas and oil.

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ferc  electric-grid  natural-gas  consumers 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 17, 2017

It’s unclear what the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will do with U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s request that FERC alter the electricity marketplace in favor of certain generating facilities – a proposal that by design would favor some energy sources over others.

Perry says his request to FERC was meant to be a conversation starter. But if it’s a conversation about government tilting the electricity market one way or another, it’s the wrong one.

Indeed, as the secretary tried to explain his FERC order to lawmakers at a House hearing last week he missed the mark when he questioned the reliability of natural gas, the leading fuel for U.S. electricity generation in 2016, and asserted that the natural gas and oil industry receives federal subsidies – it doesn’t.

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