November 10, 2001 |
The magnitude of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will force America's utility regulators to pay heightened attention to national energy and water security when they meet for their annual convention starting today at the Philadelphia Marriott. The five-day gathering, sponsored by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, will dedicate several sessions to what members from across the country should do to ensure the safety of their states' energy supplies and networks, Charles Gray, the association's executive director, said.
March 19, 2003
With gas prices rising as war looms, talk of "energy security" intensifies in Washington. This week, the Senate, for the umpteenth time, will discuss whether to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Once again, enormous energy will be expended on debating a false equation. Expanding domestic drilling will not relieve America's dependence on foreign oil. It will barely make a dent. Congress and the Bush administration should abandon their ridiculous obsession with this frozen strip of Alaskan tundra.
May 19, 2010
Your editorial "Oil spill is a warning" on Friday recognizes the continued need for increased domestic oil and natural gas and urges Congress and the industry to step up efforts to make certain offshore drilling is as safe as possible. We are doing just that. Working closely with the Department of the Interior, the industry quickly assembled two task forces of experts within days of the Deepwater Horizon incident to address issues related to offshore equipment and operating practices.
April 15, 2002
I AM WRITING in response to letters that support drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and clarify a few common misconceptions. Myth: Finding more oil is the only way to solve America's long-term needs. Truth: Increasing fuel-economy standards to an average 39 mpg over the next decade would save 51 billion barrels of oil over the next 50 years - more than 15 times the likely yield from the refuge. Myth: Only a small portion of the refuge would be affected by drilling.
November 20, 2010
The editorial "Buying good publicity" (Saturday) states that, "The greatest safety concerns from Marcellus Shale drilling stem from the impact on drinking water by the use of a water-and-chemical mix to break through to gas formations thousands of feet underground. " However, your readers should understand that fracturing fluids are 99.5 percent water and sand, with a fraction of additives used to reduce friction in the well bore and to kill bacteria (all components are listed on the state Department of Environmental Protection's website)
November 20, 2013
Gas-powered revival In a recent commentary about our region's potential to become a global energy hub, thankfully, the question the authors raise - how to square the economic opportunity with environmental challenges - is easily answered ("Revive Phila. energy hub," Nov. 13). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently found that greenhouse gas emissions are plummeting. They attribute this stark air-quality improvement to the expanded use of clean-burning, domestic natural gas. Additionally, a recent Environmental Defense Fund study highlighted that our industry's widespread use of technology is reducing methane emissions by an astounding 99 percent.
July 5, 2013
By Mike Fitzpatrick Independence has a special place in the American lexicon. It conveys all the things that make us Americans: Freedom from tyranny, liberty, equality, and rule of the people. Independence, and the struggle for it, have been part of our heritage since that original fight 237 years ago - right up to today's struggle for energy independence. The natural resources that bless our nation not only ensure our prosperity. They also guarantee that our freedoms are set on our terms, not through demands of dictatorships that use their natural resources as pawns, instead of as tools for progress.
June 15, 2002
Abortion training for docs Thank you so much for including Michelle Malkin in your newspaper. Her column, "Forcing Doctors to Kill" (June 10), illustrates the reality of abortion. Organizations like NARAL and NOW (and don't forget Planned Parenthood) would lose millions of dollars if the abortion industry were to fizzle out. Can abortion lobbyists dictate how doctors are to be trained? Do abortionists, abortion-rights activists and politicians who defend murder-for-hire have more rights than the rest of us who object to legalized death?
May 13, 2010 |
A golden opportunity is bubbling up beneath that undersea volcano of oil spewing thousands of gallons per day into the Gulf of Mexico. We have a chance to truly move our country, as BP says in its ad campaigns, "beyond petroleum. " Despite the spill's devastation, President Obama continues to claim that we must push forward with more offshore drilling - albeit with stronger safeguards - if we want to increase our energy security. I disagree. We wouldn't ever be secure, even if we drilled every well off our nation's coasts.