Category Archives: Jobs

Morning Consult: Tax reform — the Devil Is Still in the Details

Stump speeches, floor remarks, water cooler chatter and kitchen table conversations have all characterized the U.S. tax code as “a giant self-inflicted wound” over much of the last generation. President Donald Trump has changed all that by undertaking tax reform … Read More

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Statement on Executive Actions on Pipelines

Statement from Jack Rafuse, former White House energy adviser: “President Donald Trump’s support of a broader energy policy is now becoming a reality. By advancing the Keystone XL pipeline and the Dakota Access pipeline, Trump is encouraging the U.S. to … Read More

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Morning Consult: Scrapping the Obama Energy Playbook

For the past eight years, the Obama administration has been adamantly hostile to the nation’s energy industry. The administration has taken credit for booming U.S. energy production and its benefits, none of which came from government action; all resulted from energy sector … Read More

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40 Years in Domestic Energy: What’s Changed Since OPEC Embargo

Recently, both the Christian Science Monitor and Scientific American included comments I made about how the domestic energy picture has changed in the 40 years since the OPED oil embargo.  Excerpts are below.  To see my latest pieces and comments, … Read More

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Three reasons US is better off 40 years after Arab oil embargo

The world has changed. For US energy, that’s a good thing.Forty years after the first Arab oil embargo exposed the risks of dependence on foreign oil, the US has made adjustments to reduce its vulnerability to short-term supply disruptions. Here are three of the biggest changes: Energy boom: New drilling techniques are coaxing vast amounts of fossil fuels from stubborn shale rock formations in Texas, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere. The US is producing so much natural gas that it’s beginning to export it.

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No modest proposal from Anthony Swift

As the time nears for U.S. President Barack Obama’s decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, the opposition approaches hysteria.

A case in point was testimony by Anthony Swift of the National Resources Defense Council at a congressional hearing on April 10. Swift said nothing new or creative; he dusted off old falsehoods by environmental groups who will do anything to stop construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. His misstatements showed how far they will go.

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Don’t Forget about LNG in Your Backyards: on the effort to deny LNG exports

Exporting natural gas is crucial to maximizing the potential of onshore gas development for our communities and America’s energy security.  However, there is a growing, self-interested effort to slow liquid natural gas (LNG) exports.  The consequences of doing so would … Read More

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Sequestering Energy and Environment Policy

Before we look at the Energy and Environment Policy Chopping Block, let’s see what our elected leaders have done.  Clue: 40-odd years ago the Interior Department made a budget cut by closing Washington Monument. That’s the approach officials have been … Read More

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Statement: LNG Export Limits Threaten US Energy Dominance

“Isolating the U.S. from global energy markets and limiting demand for domestic gas won’t grow the economy or improve America’s access to a secure and stable supply of energy,” said Rafuse. “In fact, it will have the opposite effect, increasing the volatility of energy prices for consumers and slowing the shale gas boon that is at the heart of our economic recovery.” Read More

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A Couple of Recent Opinion Pieces

Here are links to a couple of recent opinion pieces. The first discussed the President’s energy priorities as reflected in his budget submittal to Congress. Go to: The second dealt with the President’s crusade to convince Americans that the oil … Read More

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