How Obama and his environmental base are planning to eradicate the oil and gas industry

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee minority (soon to be majority) staff has just released a report, “Setting the Record Straight: Hydraulic Fracturing and America’s Energy Revolution,” which shows how President Obama is coordinating with far-left environmental activists such as the aggressive NRDC and the Sierra Club, along with their millionaire board members, their Hollywood celebrity boosters and their “philanthropic” funders, such as the rabidly anti-fracking Park Foundation, to wage an all-out assault to shut down domestic production of American oil and natural gas. There is hope that this agenda can be derailed in part by the incoming GOP Senate majority and a unified House of Representatives, but the President and his minions will continue their regulatory assault as long as they have the power to thwart the will of Congress and the people.

By |2014-12-14T20:22:30-04:00December 14th, 2014|CFACT Insights|4 Comments

Welcome to the O-zone—where economic development is a zero-sum game

Included in the Obama Administration's "Unified Agenda" for 2015 are new, job-killing standards for ground-level ozone that are the product of a friendly lawsuit from the Sierra Club. These rules the President put on hold in 2011 in an effort to reduce “regulatory burdens and regulatory uncertainty, particularly as our economy continues to recover" -- or maybe for fear they would harm his reelection chances in 2012. The new regulations will mean that, depending on the final rule, 76% to 96% of the country—including some national parks where the natural background levels for ozone are 65 to 67 parts per billion—will be out of compliance. This will deal a crushing blow to U.S. economic recovery -- and the Sierra Club and the President know and heartily approve of this tragic outcome.

By |2014-12-09T10:01:23-04:00December 9th, 2014|CFACT Insights|4 Comments

Six energy policy changes to watch for in a Republican-controlled Congress

CFACT advisor Marita Noon suggests six major areas of confrontation and change now the the Republican Party controls both the House and Senate: the long-awaited (and perhaps too late) approval for the Keystone XL pipeline; a major expansion of oil and gas and minerals development on federal lands; lifting the current ban on U.S. oil and gas exports; reining in the EPA's power, especially as it applies to the proposed Clean Power Plan and the expanded Waters of the United States regulations; major reforms to the Endangered Species Act that would turn landowners from enemies to protectors of threatened and endangered species; and an end to climate alarmism as official U.S. Congress policy. Nearly all of these changes are expected to be vigorously fought by President Obama and the White House.

By |2014-11-17T15:28:17-04:00November 17th, 2014|CFACT Insights|2 Comments

Being anti-energy is being anti-humanity

So the UN IPCC wants us to stop using fossil fuels entirely by 2100 -- whether or not we will need them. Alan Caruba recommends that everyone read Alex Epstein's great new book, The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels. Epstein argues that we have used the power of fossil-fueled machines to build a durable civilization that is highly resilient to extreme heat, extreme cold, floods, storms, and so on” -- and that this demonstrates the foolishness of those who oppose their use.

By |2014-11-13T08:56:35-04:00November 12th, 2014|CFACT Insights, Guest Insights|15 Comments

Congress’ job: “Reins” in the runaway EPA

Now that he no longer has to face the public, President Obama may soon unleash a torrent of radical executive orders with far-reaching consequences, but his regulatory bodies are advancing an all-out war on the U.S. oil and gas industry that can only be curtailed through Congressional action (at least for now). The chief problem is that the EPA's regulations constitute “s power without accountability — a useful formula politically but an abysmal one for policy-making." The REINS Act would end this shell game.”

By |2014-11-10T19:44:42-04:00November 10th, 2014|CFACT Insights, Uncategorized|1 Comment

From the battlefield to the oilfield, it is all about employing veterans

A quarter million veterans a year reenter civilian life, and many are looking for jobs in perhaps the worst labor market since the Great Depression. The oil and gas industry, which has been growing rapidly with the advent of fracking, provides an opportunity for these veterans to find meaningful work.

By |2014-11-10T16:48:50-04:00November 10th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on From the battlefield to the oilfield, it is all about employing veterans

The oil price election connection

According to CFACT advisor Marita Noon, while the U.S. oil shale boom (the result of fracking) has dramatically increased domestic oil and gas production, the Middle East is still playing a significant role both in the current drop in oil prices and down the road. ISIS is selling oil at below-market prices to willing rogue customers, and Saudi Arabia has increased its own production, even as the price of oil falls below the amount needed to sustain the Saudi economy. The Saudis are hoping to push both American and Canadian oil prices down below the cost of extraction from both shale and tar sands in hopes of slowing down or even stopping expansion of North American exploration and production.

By |2014-11-03T15:40:19-04:00November 3rd, 2014|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Colorado Dems frack backtrack is all about November

CFACT Advisor Marita Noon points to a primary election in New Mexico as the impetus for Colorado Democrats to back away from legislation to curtail hydraulic fracturing (fracking), a measure that would hurt Colorado's economy and quite likely the chances for Democrats there to win elections this fall. Cynical? You betcha! If they should win in November, will these measures be back on the table?

By |2014-08-11T18:54:34-04:00August 11th, 2014|CFACT Insights, Guest Insights|Comments Off on Colorado Dems frack backtrack is all about November

Obama continues his attack on U.S. energy

Alan Caruba outlines the many ways the Obama Administration (which includes the EPA) is stifling U.S. energy development and thereby costing Americans jobs, energy security, and of course tax revenues -- all the while raising the price of energy and therefore just about everything else we purchase. The situation, he notes, is exacerbated by a compliant, virtually useless media and by public educators all too willing to parrot the "official line."

By |2014-07-01T16:44:23-04:00July 1st, 2014|CFACT Insights, Guest Insights|Comments Off on Obama continues his attack on U.S. energy

Fixing our dictatorial EPA

The Obama Administration in 2013 alone imposed $1.86 trillion in new annual regulatory compliance costs for U.S. businesses and families, almost guaranteeing a flat economy at best. While only a few Americans consider environmental issues to be urgent, the EPA and the White House are doubling down on power generation, forcing prices upward and pressing for the shutdown of 40% of the U.S. energy base. All of this using "scientific research" (a) they they cannot even find, (b) that is "peer reviewed" only by cronies, or (c) that is tainted by massive contributions to advocacy groups like the American Lung Association. CFACT's Paul Driessen urges state and federal lawmakers and executives, and citizen and scientific groups, to take legal action and other steps to reverse this pattern of wanton disregard for the U.S. economiuc

By |2014-06-19T20:20:33-04:00June 19th, 2014|CFACT Insights|2 Comments

What’s really behind anti-Keystone fanaticism?

CFACT Senior Policy Advisor Paul Driessen reports that Big Green sees the Keystone XL pipeline as THE symbol of its anti-hydrocarbon crusade -- and that wealthy liberal foundations, billionair Tom Steyer, and Hollywood elites have poured hundreds of millions -- even billions -- of dollars into ensuring that the pipeline will never get approval. They are in for the kill and smell the blood of anyone with ties to coal, oil, and even natural gas. And this is what is killing the U.S. economy.

By |2014-06-13T14:10:16-04:00June 13th, 2014|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on What’s really behind anti-Keystone fanaticism?