Tag Archive: energy

  • States Submit Comments on Proposed Ozone NAAQS Revision

    | May 27, 2015 | Add a comment

    The above map compiles and categorizes the comments that state officials submitted to EPA regarding the agency’s proposed revision of National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground level ozone. EPA’s proposal calls for the current standard of 75 parts per billion (ppb) to be lowered to a level somewhere … »

  • ALEC Members Tour Port of Savannah

    Late this past week, ALEC members converged on the historic southern town of Savannah, Georgia to attend the 2015 Spring Task Force Summit. Before participating in task force meetings on Friday, 32 ALEC members, spouses and staffers spent Thursday afternoon touring the Port of Savannah. Operated by the Georgia Ports … »

  • Texas Legislature Preempts Denton Fracking Ban

    | May 20, 2015 | Add a comment

    Last November, citizens of Denton, TX voted via referendum to ban the oil and gas well stimulation technique commonly known as hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.” The outcome was significant since the city sits on top of the Barnett shale play, the third largest onshore natural gas producing field in the … »

  • EPA Encourages the Public to Specifically Submit Positive Comments

    | May 19, 2015 | Add a comment

    The New York Times has an article worth reading discussing EPA’s efforts to influence comments submitted to them by the public regarding the agency’s and Army Corps of Engineers’ proposal to redefine “Waters of the United States (WOTUS).” Notably, Gina McCarthy, administrator of EPA, went before a Senate committee earlier … »

  • New Website Examines Impacts of Rising Energy Costs on Low Income Families

    | April 30, 2015 | Add a comment

    The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) recently launched a webpage – “State Energy Costs for Families” –that highlights some of the challenges that millions of economically vulnerable Americans face as a result of rising energy costs. The project compiles data for 31 states from the Energy Information Administration … »

  • Bipartisan Group of U.S. Senators Working to Repeal Section 526

    and | April 28, 2015 | Add a comment

    Last week a bipartisan group of senators – Sens. John Barasso (R-Wyo.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Heidi Heitkamp (D.-N.D.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) – introduced S. 1026, seeking to strike Section 526 from the EISA. In 2009, ALEC adopted a resolution calling for a repeal of this section. … »

  • If You Watch Baseball, You Support Oil and Natural Gas

    | April 24, 2015 | Add a comment

    As baseball season gets into full swing, our friends at the American Energy Alliance developed a neat graphic showing just how important petroleum-based products are when it comes to how we enjoy our nation’s pastime.    

  • Celebrating Earth Day

    | April 22, 2015 | Add a comment

    Earth Day was first observed on April 22, 1970 as the brainchild of former Sen. Gaylord Nelson (D-WI). One of the leading proponents of environmentalism and conservation at the time, Sen. Nelson envisioned Earth Day as an “environmental teach-in” that would generate popular support for an environmental agenda. Modeled on … »

  • The Energy Link: Energy Producing States and Social Mobility

    and | April 1, 2015 | Add a comment

    On this blog, we have previously explored the apparent links between energy production and economic growth, rising incomes and lower unemployment rates. With the caveat, of course, that we’re merely dealing with simple correlations and are not necessarily demonstrating causality, there could be another link between energy development and social … »

  • West Virginia and Arkansas Engage on EPA’s Clean Power Plan

    | March 30, 2015 | Add a comment

    The Clean Air Act notably identifies states as being first among equals to the federal government when implementing environmental regulations. Indeed, the preamble of the Clean Air Act states that “air pollution…at its source is the primary responsibility of States and local governments.” Since state legislatures gaveled into session earlier … »