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Take 5: Highlights from Sec. Zinke’s Heritage Speech on Energy

Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke recently gave a speech on making American an energy superpower at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC. Let’s look at key elements from Sec. Zinke’s remarks, where he spoke broadly about America’s energy crossroads, using domestic energy as a diplomatic tool, protecting the environment, and economic prosperity that comes with domestic production.

Who Knew a Coal Seam Could Be So Newsworthy?

On the last day of March, BLM replaced the banner picture on its home page with a picture of an 80-foot coal seam at the North Antelope Rochelle mine. The response was illustrative of how the media and public are conditioned to believe that public land agencies are about conservation and not about multiple uses like energy development, mining, ranching, and timber.

Thanksgiving Brings Political Talk

Thanksgiving is a day away, and that inevitably means talking politics. As family and friends gather, I expect there will be strong emotions shared about the recent election.

The state of play in politics today reminds me of David Bowie’s song Changes:

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
Turn and face the strange
Ch-ch-changes
Just gonna have to be a different man

A Funny Thing Happened…

A funny thing happened on the way to solving climate change…natural gas proved to be the most effective solution. Natural gas has done more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions than any government program, international treaty, subsidized renewable energy, or other orthodox measure to save the planet.

Common Values. Commons Concerns.

Over the past few months, I’ve had the privilege to work with some of our friends in other resource industries. Leaders from oil and natural gas, mining and agriculture have come together because we face similar challenges from government overreach. However, we’re also experiencing success in halting some horrendous policies.

BLM’s Fuzzy Math, Part 1

BLM’s proposed venting and flaring rule is the administration’s latest regulation targeting oil and natural gas production. BLM’s proposal suffers from wide-ranging problems including jurisdictional overreach into air quality, technologically infeasible requirements, and implementation costs that far exceed the rule’s benefits. Our comments on BLM’s proposal were 90 pages and spoke to the myriad problems, but I want to hone in on a few key numbers that demonstrate the flaws in BLM’s assumptions about the proposed rule’s impact.

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