Blog Archive

by Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs on August 31, 2015 - 10:46am
As ran in The Hill's Congress Blog on Aug. 28, 2015.

With the announcement earlier this month of the Clean Power Plan, the War on Coal is officially over. The casualties in Appalachia, Northwest Colorado and other mining areas across the country number in the thousands. Consumers’ electricity rates will necessarily skyrocket across the country, but President Obama can claim mission accomplished.

Where does the conquering army now turn? After all, those ideological foot soldiers for greater centralized command and control of the economy can’t just be de-mobilized...

Tags: overreach
by Jay Ottoson, Chairman on August 27, 2015 - 7:50am

Jay Ottoson

At Western Energy Alliance’s annual meeting on August 13th, Jay Ottoson was appointed as Chairman. Jay has more than 30 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry and is currently the president and chief executive officer of SM Energy, headquartered in Denver. ...
by Tripp Parks, Policy Analyst on August 26, 2015 - 8:47am

With a listing decision on the Greater Sage-Grouse looming in September, we received good news last week when the Western Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) released its 2015 population update. The study found a 63% increase in the population over the last two years, with a total breeding population of 424,645. WAFWA’s data are encouraging for showing that states, counties, private landowners, industries, conservation groups and others are effectively protecting sage grouse. 

WAFWA also found that the population in core areas, where the highest density of sage grouse...

Tags: sage grouse
by Jack Ekstrom, Chairman on August 11, 2015 - 7:50am
Jack EkstromFor the past year, Jack Ekstrom has served as chairman of Western Energy Alliance. An outspoken champion of the oil and natural gas industry, Jack offers his insights on the state of the industry. For nearly 40 years, he has worked in various roles focused on government affairs and public...