Government Mandates Will Slow Progress

By becoming more efficient and taking steps like recycling, individuals and businesses are helping make our air cleaner. EPA says that we’ve made a lot of progress over the past 50 years. The last thing we need is more government mandates, especially ones that make no sense. Read more.

College Students Promote the Petrochemical Industry

In case you missed it, the petrochemical industry is experiencing tremendous growth. So much so that there are plenty of high-paying careers available and not enough workers to fill the positions. Utilizing social media and video, students from eight different colleges and universities aim to boost enrollment in fuel and petrochemical programs. Check out some of their work @Energy4US, and …

Oil and Natural Gas Make Our Lives Better

Just about everything manufactured starts with oil and natural gas as raw materials. Even things like thermal windows and solar panels depend on petroleum for their manufacture. Besides helping us improve energy production and use, the exploration of the molecular structure and manipulation of carbons have boosted technology, opening doors to scores of new products and thousands of new American jobs. Oil and natural gas are good things …

Ozone: Solutions Are Found in Innovation and Creativity

EPA data tells us the air in the United States is getting cleaner as a result of individuals doing things like using energy more efficiently and taking steps like recycling and businesses developing and using new and better technologies.  We need to keep getting better and relying on innovation and creativity.  The last thing we need is the federal government …

A ‘Carbon Tax’ May Be on the Horizon for New York

Some groups in New York want you to pay more for gasoline, natural gas, home heating oil, and electricity.  They call it a “carbon” tax, but don’t be fooled — it’s an energy tax, and it is pointed right at consumers, families, businesses, and communities  in New York. Say no to new energy taxes.

SB 350 and CARB: A Potential Threat to California’s Economic Welfare

California’s Governor Jerry Brown’s battle cry against climate change sounds more like a battle cry against economic growth and stability. If SB 350 passes, it positions California Air Resource Board (CARB) to regulate almost every aspect of the state’s economy. The potential outcomes stifle critical industries to the state and its citizens.

400% Gas Tax Increase Could Be in Hawaii’s Future

Talk about sticker shock. According to Tom Yamachika, on Civil Beat, Hawaii’s gas tax could increase by 400 percent. That’s an extra 85 cents a gallon. Essentially, it’s a social spanking for using non-renewable fuel. It’s also the government’s attempt at leveling the playing field for more expensive renewable fuels. For a country built on capitalism, this does not sound …

Petrochemical and Refinery Industries Professionals Are in Demand

The future is bright. Refineries and the Petrochemical industry continue to grow strong. As the industry expands and employees retire, opportunities increase for well-paying careers in the two industries. Universities and technical institutions are rising to meet the demand by offering training, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Industrial Technology. It’s an energy boom, and new students and people with previous …

Let the Consumers Decide

The EPA has made a mess out of the Renewable Fuel Standard. In over its head, the EPA is not able to make sound decisions or in some instances – any decision: “The EPA is still trying to decide how much renewable fuel Americans should have used last year,” wrote Oklahoman Editorial Board. Give the decision-making power to where it belongs …

AFPM President Assists Refineries with EPA Rule

New Mexico ranks fourth in the nation for energy production, much of which is supplied through refineries. Proposed changes to EPA ozone standards could serve an economic blow to the state of New Mexico. President Chet Thompson of American Petrochemical Fuel Manufacturing association takes the threat seriously. “I don’t think there’s anything out there that could undercut manufacturing like this. …