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by Kathleen Sgamma, President on October 18, 2017 - 10:35am

I wish, like James Joyce and Friedrich Nietzsche, I could draw ample literary references from ancient Greek and Roman poets and philosophers, but alas, when the need arises, my head goes to Seinfeld. The show just had a knack of succinctly summarizing common situations in a funny and memorable way.

So it was when reading this article about a zero energy district in Ft. Collins. The city, Colorado State University, and the Colorado Clean Energy Cluster had garnered taxpayer money and private funds for the project to make a district that generated as much energy as it used. The focus...

by Aaron Johnson, Vice President of Public Affairs on October 12, 2017 - 1:57pm

The White House kicked off a regulatory reform initiative last week as the federal government enters the first full fiscal year of President Trump’s term. Vice President Pence gathered leaders of numerous agencies to discuss ways the government can rein in overreaching regulations to...

by Greg Schrab, Corporate Environment Health and Safety (EHS) Manager for SM Energy on October 10, 2017 - 7:24am
Fall is upon us, but if you’ve been paying close attention to nature like I do, you’ve already begun to notice birds migrating for the season. As a self-proclaimed “bird nerd” watching the incredible diversity of birds in the West has become a passion.

As the Corporate Environment Health and Safety...

by Aaron Johnson, Vice President of Public Affairs on October 5, 2017 - 3:47pm

Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke recently gave a speech on making American an energy superpower at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC. Located a block of away from Senate office buildings, the think tank occasionally hosts members of the president’s cabinet. Historically, speeches...

by Aaron Johnson, Vice President of Public Affairs on September 25, 2017 - 12:04pm

AJ+ media teamed up with the Center for Public Integrity for a video targeting the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board’s (OERB) campaign to teach school kids about how oil and natural gas are produced. The misleading story suggests educational materials from OERB are unacceptable and...

Tags: fracking
by Kathleen Sgamma, President on September 1, 2017 - 11:47am

We at Western Energy Alliance, like most Americans, have watched with horror as Hurricane Harvey has wreaked havoc in southeastern Texas. Our thoughts are with the victims, and we like countless others are donating and encouraging others to do so. We have a special connection to Houston as many of our members work and live there. We’ve been impressed with the resilience of Texans and Louisianans as they work together to overcome the damage.

But it was inevitable. Anytime there’s a natural disaster, the media and climate change advocates will use it to spin alarmism about climate...

by Ryan Streams, Manager of Regulatory Affairs on August 30, 2017 - 11:43am

The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences recently published a study by scientists from the Swiss Federal Research Institute, Montana State University, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences that joins the growing body of evidence that natural sources of methane far outpace...

Tags: climate, methane
by Aaron Johnson, Vice President of Public Affairs on August 25, 2017 - 9:53am
Overreaching and duplicative regulations should not be repealed because some group might complain. That’s the perplexing logic of a handful of lobbyists, executives and financial analysts cited in the Politico story, “Energy industry wants brakes pumped on regulatory rollbacks."

The few so-called...

by Aaron Johnson, Vice President of Public Affairs on August 21, 2017 - 1:52pm

August is a heated month. In addition to sweltering temperatures, there are often political conflicts that boil over in local communities across the country. August 2017 seems true to form.

There are a few reasons events can get out of hand this time of year. Namely, lawmakers in Congress...

by Aaron Johnson, Vice President of Public Affairs on July 27, 2017 - 7:32am
Both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of the Interior recently kicked off the long process of repealing or rescinding methane regulations aimed at oil and natural gas production. Based on their actions so far this year, we know just how environmental...
Tags: EPA, methane

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