National Energy Policy

Boom Goes Bust: Texas Oil Industry Hurt By Plunging Oil Prices

The Twitter-sphere did a good job reflecting many of the key messages from API’s annual State of American Energy event in Washington. Start with the fact that America’s oil and natural gas companies are driving the U.S. economy with increased production and refining operations: There were reminders of the energy sector’s potential for putting millions… Keep reading →

Congress Reconvenes After Midterm Elections

  Influential constitutional scholar Laurence Tribe is arguing against the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. Tribe, who once represented Al Gore, is scheduled to be a witness before the GOP controlled Energy and Commerce committee hearing. “Burning the Constitution should not become part of our national energy policy,” Tribe writes in his prepared testimony, in… Keep reading →


There were conflicting opinions emerging from the American and Iranian camps following the latest round of discussions at the nuclear summit in Switzerland when Sec. Ernest Moniz met with his Iranian counterpart. “In comments to the Iranian news media, Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, said that 90 percent… Keep reading →

President Obama Announces First Five "Promise Zones" To Battle Poverty

The review will serve as a roadmap to address the country’s most pressing energy challenges. The first installment, scheduled for January 2015, will focus on US energy infrastructure. This is part of the administration’s effort to formulate a comprehensive national energy policy or set of policies, which is something the nation has lacked, due in… Keep reading →

Tuesday night, Obama championed his commitment to more oil and gas exploration, as well as reinforced the doubling of U.S. clean energy production under his leadership. And Romney, advocating our energy independence, solidified his strong commitment to drilling and promoting a surplus of oil and gas.

What I’d like to know, however, is their plans on the other side of the energy equation: the demand side. No matter how much new generation we bring to the table, energy independence just isn’t possible without curbing our exponentially rising need for electricity. And so far, neither candidate has pontificated on how to make this possible. Keep reading →