Hydraulic Fracturing Is An Economic Necessity

The Southern Tier counties of New York state have been languishing in a politically induced limbo over hydraulic fracturings' future for close to five years. Though Gov. Cuomo insists he will make his long-overdue decision based on "facts and science," we are now convinced the wealthy environmental lobbyists have taken control. Regrettably, as past history has shown, money and power have again, reared their collectively ugly heads.



Old Technology Fuels New Energy Boom

With U.S. oil imports hitting a 17-year low, the mainstream media has awoken to the fact that, as I pointed out three years ago, peak oil is not happening anytime soon. Charles Mann’s excellent cover story in this month’s Atlantic, “What If We Never Run Out of Oil?” focuses on an obscure, though potentially vast source of energy: methane hydrates, or crystalline natural gas trapped below the seabed. If early exploration ventures by Japan and other countries, succeed, this gas “could free not just Japan but much of the world from the dependence on Middle Eastern oil that has bedeviled politicians since Churchill’s day.”



Marcellus Turns Pennsylvania Into 'Saudi Arabia' of Natgas

Pennsylvania -- currently famous for Philadelphia cheese steaks, Hershey's chocolate and ketchup -- is in the midst of a transformation that may yet put the state on the map for another American staple: natural gas.



Keystone XL would reduce long-haul truck traffic, thus less emissions

A supporter of the $7 billion oil sands project argued Tuesday that approval would help cut harmful emissions and make the transport of American oil much more efficient.



The Case for Keystone XL Goes Beyond Jobs and Energy Independence

There's another very important reason approval of the Keystone XL is a good idea -- safety.



Coastal governors implore Obama to 'step up' offshore drilling -- now

Texas Gov. Rick Perry and five fellow Republicans from other coastal states on Monday implored the Obama administration to open new areas for offshore drilling, saying the change would give a jolt to the U.S. economy by spurring jobs and spending.



New jobs and energy gains helping lift US economy

A stronger-than-expected April rebound in job creation and recent dramatic discoveries of vast U.S. oil and gas reserves are helping to lift the American economy out its long funk.



How Oil Made Working-Class North Dakota a Whole Lot Richer

The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently produced a breakdown of job growth during North Dakota's oil rush, and it's pretty remarkable. In counties where oil rigs have sprouted up to drill from the Bakken Shale Formation -- a few of which are actually in Montana -- employment grew by 35.9 percent from 2007 to 2011, from about 78,000 jobs to more than 105,000.



Shale Boom Has Major Impact on Texas' Budget

The impact of the recent boom in shale drilling is hard to miss in some remote Texas towns, where hotels and homebuilders scramble to keep up with the influx of oil and gas workers.



The U.S. Has Much, Much More Gas and Oil Than We Thought

The United States has double the amount of oil and three times the amount of natural gas than previously thought, stored deep under the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana, according to new data the Obama administration released Tuesday.

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