September 16, 2016
ISSUE | DAKOTA PIPELINE Consider the impact There's been a lack of media coverage of strong opposition and rallies nationwide and internationally to the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Yet, the Inquirer ran a commentary with a conservative point of view ("Pipeline protests put jobs, energy security at risk," Monday). The sky will not fall if this pipeline is halted; instead, there could be an important dialogue about the environmental and social impact and a consideration of an indigenous people.
September 13, 2016
By Tom Borelli Plans for a new oil pipeline just went up in flames - literally. This summer, radical environmentalists in Iowa set fire to pipeline construction equipment, causing nearly $1 million in damages. The incident was hardly isolated. Environmentalists nationwide are desperately working to stop pipeline construction. In Massachusetts, for example, several protesters locked themselves to their cars - with bike locks - in an effort to block construction of a pipeline in West Roxbury.
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.