US energy production growing, consumption down

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    Report finds US energy production growing, consumption down

    By Zack Colman - 12/26/12 12:53 PM ET

    A new report shows U.S. energy consumption dropping, even as the industry experiences a boost in production.


    U.S. energy consumption declined 3 percent between January and September compared with that period last year, according to data the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released Wednesday.






    During the period evaluated, energy use from transportation and industry dropped 1.2 and 1.5 percent, respectively. Residential and commercial energy use declined 5.2 percent.

    Energy production, however, rose 2 percent through the same time frame. Fossil fuel development increased 3.14 percent, while renewable energy production fell 2.8 percent.

    The statistics underscore two energy-related debates sure to get attention in the next Congress — energy efficiency and fossil-fuel drilling on federal lands.

    Green groups are hoping some of President Obama’s executive actions will curtail energy consumption further. Meanwhile, the oil-and-gas industry and its congressional allies aim to push Obama to open more federal lands to fossil fuel drilling, boosting domestic energy production.

    New shale oil-and-gas plays buoyed much of the energy sector’s growth through the past year. Led by hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, most of that increase has come from private and state lands.

    The oil-and-gas industry wants Obama to open more federal lands to drilling, saying it could bring additional revenues to the Treasury.

    While the White House has praised states' monitoring of fracking — which injects a high-pressure mixture of water, sand and chemicals into tight rock formations to tap hydrocarbons — it has been cautious on expanding its use.

    Green groups say the process might contaminate drinking water and that it releases heat-trapping methane gas. Industry has said the method is safe.

    The Interior Department is set to release regulations for fracking on federal lands next year. Industry and GOP have resisted those rules, warning they might impose a “one-size-fits-all” approach to areas with different geological concerns and considerations.

    On the energy demand side, green groups are fixing to get comprehensive energy efficiency legislation through the next Congress.
    Lawmakers recently passed upgrades for efficiency on some appliances, and have expressed a willingness to work on more sweeping legislation.


    Organizations ranging from environmental to national security groups want to focus more on enhancing energy efficiency in buildings. Buildings account for 36 percent of the nation’s total energy consumption, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    If Congress proves to be a roadblock, green groups contend Obama will continue using administrative authority to achieve energy efficiency goals.
    They point to recently finalized vehicle fuel efficiency standards — which proponents say will help lower transportation-related energy consumption even further — and a directive to improve energy efficiency at manufacturing facilities.

    Report finds US energy production growing, consumption down - The Hill's E2-Wire
     
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    Good article. :thup:

    I'm for increased efficiencies, but this so-called "administrative authority" has got to end.
     
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    Green groups say the process might contaminate drinking water and that it releases heat-trapping methane gas.

    Only if you do it right. Idiots.
     
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    OK!

    Source: After Jackson, EPA faces big decisions on U.S. fracking boom - Business - Oil & energy | NBC News
     
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    Some analysts say Obama will not risk the economic stimulus of cheaper, domestic energy by pushing for tougher regulations.

    If there is ever a decision between the economy and adding new regulations, Obama will always choose new regulations.

    Maybe he thinks the printing of the regs will stimulate the economy?
     
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    Try facts, not words!

    Who was President 18 years ago, when crude production was higher than today?
     
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    http://www.usmessageboard.com/environment/270823-epa-takes-over-in-texas.html
     
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    THe goal of fracking is to capture the methane and sell it. Unfortunately the process of fracking often releases substantial fractions (8-18%) of the sequestered methane into surface fissures that allow the methane to seep into groundwater and the atmosphere.

    Press Release - Fracking Operations Increase Methane Seepage

    New EPA Rules Could Prevent 'Fracking' Backlash - Businessweek

    Methane contamination of drinking water accompanying gas-well drilling and hydraulic fracturing

    Air sampling reveals high emissions from gas field

    Methane leaks during production may offset climate benefits of natural gas. - Air sampling reveals high emissions from gas field : Nature News & Comment

    (many more available upon request)
     
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    I didn't ask that and the fact that production of crude and natural gas is more in Obama's less than 4 years than in the oil man Bush's 8 years speaks volumes. The fact that Bush's dad started that moratorium on offshore drilling speaks volumes.

    Your rhetoric only shows your willingness to ignore facts.

    If your "fine" state of Texas thinks it has the right to avoid federal law, then they get what they deserve. Of course, they could decide to secede again and see how far that gets them.

    The air doesn't stay over Texas, so figure it out!
     
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    THe goal of fracking is to capture the methane and sell it.

    And it seems to be doing just that.

    Methane leaks during production may offset climate benefits of natural gas.

    That's a shame. I guess we need more coal. And more nukes.
     

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