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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted August 1, 2017

Mount Washington is New England’s highest peak, rising to 6,289 feet in New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest, about three hours north of the state capital at Concord. The summit offers breathtaking views in all directions – on a clear day you can see the Atlantic Ocean from up there. Yet, getting there is at least as exhilarating as arriving. That’s where energy comes in.

If you’re eager, experienced and fit, you can hike all the way up in four hours or so. Some of the gear that hikers need is made with or from petroleum, which we touched on in the West Virginia chapter of this series. For a climb like Mount Washington, you need stuff that’s lightweight yet durable and water resistant. You also can drive up or be driven to the summit. Again, energy.

There’s also the Mount Washington Cog Railway.

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natural-gas  pennsylvania-severance-tax  economic-growth  consumers  jobs  marcellus-shale-region 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted July 28, 2017

The latest severance tax proposal in Pennsylvania, targeting natural gas production as well as consumer items and services, is a story of lawmakers risking harm to ongoing energy activity and economic growth – already providing significant benefits to people all across the commonwealth – instead of working to expand opportunity through pro-growth policies. Unfortunately, the tale being written by the state Senate could be about less natural gas production (and potentially less revenue to the commonwealth), less economic growth and fewer benefits to Pennsylvanians.

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access  federal-lands  oil-and-natural-gas  hydraullic-fracturing  blm34  permit-delays 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted July 28, 2017

It’s a positive step – for U.S. energy, economic growth, consumer benefits and climate progress – for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to begin rescinding its 2015 hydraulic fracturing rule – one that we argue duplicates existing and effective state regulation and risks delaying energy development, potentially impacting consumers. The agency should follow this up by moving swiftly to improve the permitting process for natural gas and oil development on federal lands, as Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke ordered earlier this month.

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted July 27, 2017

With energy, colors are brighter, they last longer and they’re easier to use. Energy also helps artists create, fueling critical key processes lots of artists use. This includes a number of them who’ll be part of the “Art in the Pearl” event, a Labor Day Weekend fine arts and crafts festival staged each year in the streets of Portland’s Pearl District.

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consumers  gasoline-prices  oil-production  crude-oil-prices 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted July 26, 2017

Nationally, the average price of a gallon of gasoline the third week of July was $2.392 – about 42 percent lower than the national average price at the same time in 2008, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Retail gasoline prices haven’t been “sticky,” as Sen. Charles Schumer said on ABC’s “This Week,” suggesting that some sort of anti-Adam Smith force has kept them from decreasing. Yet, as we can see, they have decreased significantly over a time period that coincides with accelerated U.S. crude oil production (thanks, fracking).

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted July 25, 2017

South Carolina has South of the Border, the world’s largest ball of twine sits under a shelter in Kansas, Tennessee has Rock City and Minnesota is home to the SPAM Museum. Yet, probably none is as famous the world over as Wall Drug – relentlessly, ubiquitously, hawking “free ice water” to draw visitors to the king of kitsch for 81 years. While the town of Wall is smaller than the tip of a pen on the Rand McNally, no one else has a photo-op magnet, for youngsters and oldsters alike, that’s better than Wall Drug’s big ‘ol “Jackalope.” Behind the ice water billboards, the Jackalope and all the rest of Wall Drug’s crazy-quilt allure, there’s energy.

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refineries  refinery-capacity  consumers  petroleum-products  power-past-impossible 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted July 24, 2017

Over the past 40 years, U.S. capacity has increased more than 1,000 percent.  Such a remarkable increase is a tribute to industry’s commitment to supply consumer needs. … Add it all up, and these numbers are very important to American consumers. Refineries not only produce the fuels that keep our vehicles running – transportation fuels account for about 85 percent of products leaving the refinery – they also turn out the petrochemical feedstocks used in countless ways in our modern lives …

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offshore-access  atlantic-ocs  seismic-survey  oil-and-natural-gas  us-energy-security  safe-operations 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted July 21, 2017

Comments related to seismic surveys in the Atlantic that API and two other associations will submit to federal officials stress a number of important points about the underwater tests used to establish the size and location of oil and natural gas reserves -- including the strategic importance of U.S. offshore energy and the demonstrated safety of seismic surveying.

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted July 20, 2017

People have been fascinated by celestial bodies since antiquity. Cave drawings, such as those as Lascaux, France, include depictions of the stars. The Pleiades and Orion are mentioned in the book of Job, one of the oldest books in the Bible.

Next week, some descendants of those ancient star-gazers will congregate in one of the remotest parts of Nebraska for the annual Nebraska Star Party, July 23-28 at Snake Campground at the Merritt Reservoir. Since 1994 the event has attracted hundreds of people eager to capitalize on the dark nothingness in a sparsely populated patch of the Great Plains that’s mostly unspoiled by human illumination. They come, they camp, they scan the heavens. This video from the 2015 event captures the flavor of the setting, you know, with the lights on:

This part of Nebraska is dark enough to see many of the night’s lights with the naked eye, but Clete Baker, an organizer for the five-day star party, says most participants will opt for enhancing devices – most of them made with natural gas and oil.

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workforce  oil-and-natural-gas-jobs  workplace-safety  women  climate 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted July 19, 2017

As America’s natural gas and oil companies continue to develop their workforce of the future, they’ve got a great story to tell. Make that stories – of opportunity, cutting-edge technologies and key contributions toward environmental goals, just to name three. The competition for those workers will be vigorous. A recent survey by EY indicated some younger Americans can learn more about how natural gas and oil companies and refiners are developing the energy that our country will need for decades to come – safely and responsibly. Discussing the important contributions industry and its employees are making to Americans’ quality of life will address questions some may have. 

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