Daily Archives: July 9, 2012

Offshore energy industry group expands team

An industry trade group that advocates for expanded offshore oil-and-gas development is adding some muscle, with a new senior political affairs official and other positions.

The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) announced Monday that Jeff Vorberger will be the vice president for intergovernmental and political affairs.

He’s coming back to the group after stints as an executive […]

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Possible corn shortfall effect on ethanol prices unclear

National corn stockpiles will hit the largest disparity in production projections and actual supply since 1973 as a result of this summer’s drought, according to a Bloomberg report.

Global corn demand has never been higher while output has strained under the heat and lack of rain. That means U.S. corn supplies will hit 1.216 billion bushels […]

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Fed agency says last 12 months were hottest on record in US

The 12-month stretch between July of 2011 and June of 2012 was the warmest year in the contiguous United States since recordkeeping began in 1895, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The temperatures narrowly outpaced the old record, which was for the 12-months from June 2011 to May of 2012.

“The nationally-averaged temperature of […]

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Gas prices rise for first time in weeks

The national average for regular unleaded fuel rose 5.6 cents this week to $3.382 per gallon, AAA said Monday.

Gas prices in much of the U.S. had declined for 13 straight weeks before Monday’s AAA Fuel Gauge Report announcement.

Overall, gas prices have still declined compared with the previous month, when regular unleaded fuel hit […]

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OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Federal officials to defend EPA air rules

On Tap Tuesday: Senior Obama administration officials will gather with state-based energy regulators Tuesday to chat about Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) air pollution rules that have come under fire from Republicans and some state officials.

Gina McCarthy, EPA’s top air pollution regulator, and White House Council on Environmental Quality Deputy Director Gary Guzy will be among […]

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Delaware Co. Times: Input Wanted on Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Drilling


An organization backed by the natural gas industry is seeking input from residents in the Philadelphia region, including Delaware County, about Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling.

The Marcellus Shale Coalition launched an online forum last month in an effort to better understand questions residents from the five-county Philadelphia region have about natural gas development […]

MSC in Cleveland Plain Dealer – Natural Gas: Obama’s Backing a Plus for Fracking

As President Barack Obama traveled throughout eastern Ohio last week, we were reminded of his fact-based remarks about responsible natural gas development. During his January State of the Union address, the president underscored the fact that “natural gas will create jobs . . . proving that we don’t have to choose between our environment and […]

MSC in Beaver Co. Times: “The Benefits of Natural Gas Are Undeniable”

As President Obama travels the Commonwealth this week, we’re reminded of his positive remarks about responsible natural gas development. During his January State of the Union address, the president underscored the fact that “natural gas will create jobs…proving that we don’t have to choose between our environment and our economy.”

We agree. In fact, according to […]

News bites: Obama official says climate change has ‘evil twin’

The Associated Press reports that a top Obama administration scientist, on a visit to Australia, warned Monday that climate change is threatening coral reefs and food security.

“The speed by which the oceans’ acid levels has risen caught scientists off-guard, with the problem now considered to be climate change’s ‘equally evil twin,’ ” National Oceanic and […]

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The week ahead: Obama, Romney campaigns to clash on energy

This week will bring a debate on energy policy between President Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney — sort of.  A pair of campaign-approved surrogates will square off Wednesday at The Newseum in Washington, D.C., at a debate hosted by The Business Roundtable. Representing Obama will be Stanford University law Professor Dan Reicher, a familiar face […]

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