March 29, 2016 |
With all the focus on volatile oil prices, it would not be surprising if most people missed one of the most important energy developments of the year: last month's first export cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the continental United States. Dispatched from the Sabine Pass terminal in Louisiana, this LNG shipment - and additional ones to come - not only reinforce America's role as the leader in global energy production but provide another tool for enhancing our relationships with allies, competing with our rivals, and improving our economic and national security.
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.
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)
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.
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.
October 26, 2004
To help voters in our closely contested region make an informed choice in this critical 2004 presidential election, The Inquirer Editorial Board offers a series of editorials documenting its reasons for endorsing John F. Kerry. A rebutting essay from a supporter of President George W. Bush appears on the facing Commentary Page. To read previous editorials and rebuttal essays, please go to http://go.philly.com/21reasons. Tomorrow's topic: Fiscal issues. Americans are discovering - to their dismay - that cheap oil isn't a birthright.
November 18, 2003 |
The House of Representatives is expected to vote today on a $95 billion comprehensive energy-policy bill crafted by Republican leaders that contains tens of billions of dollars of tax cuts and other benefits for the oil, gas, coal, ethanol and nuclear industries. Independent watchdogs say the legislation includes $72 billion in spending and $23 billion in tax cuts. The Republican energy plan would try to boost domestic oil, gas, coal and nuclear production with financial incentives to energy companies, but it lacks meaningful conservation measures, independent experts say. A House-Senate conference committee passed the bill last night as Democrats failed to win changes.
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.