Divestment: Hypocrisy That Hurts the Consumer

The latest trend among some radical environmentalists is to encourage organizations (especially universities) to sell their holdings in traditional energy companies. The argument is that these organizations should want to divest from traditional fossil fuels because possession of those assets are contrary to the mission of the organizations. Their effort has met with mixed success.  Harvard University, among others, has …

Benefits of Crop-Based Biofuels to be Seen in 1 to 162 Years From Now.

Scientists have improved the process of determining greenhouse gas payback time — the number of years it takes for greenhouse gas savings from biofuels to equal the initial losses of carbon and nitrogen stocks from the original ecosystem. Crop type, geographic location and management are factored into determining the payback. Depending on the type of crop used and the climate, …

Chevron, W.R. Grace expanding in Lake Charles Creates More Jobs

Chevron Products Co. and W.R. Grace & Co. are expanding the Grace manufacturing facility outside of Lake Charles that will create 295 jobs and 190 jobs during the construction. The new plant will produce residue hydroprocessing catalysts. The product is used in the refining process of crude oil converting it to fuel.  The expansion is scheduled to be finished by …

Blog: Easier For Pols To Join Oil Protests Than To Lead Change

The reality is Seattle is probably as hooked on Arctic crude as any city in America. For going on 40 years, Arctic crude has literally fueled the prosperous growth in this region…. More than half the crude refined in our state comes from Alaska (another third comes from Canada.) So when we fill up at a Seattle gas station, much …

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s ‘Clean Fuels’ Albatross: Editorial Agenda 2015

In March, Gov. Kate Brown signed the 2015 Legislature’s worst bill, SB324, a politically costly measure that resurrected an environmentally useless program. The governor has since been working to undo the inevitable consequences of that decision. She certainly deserves credit for trying. But to succeed, she’ll need support from the very lawmakers who were steamrolled this year by the environmental …

Job creation in U.S. plastics manufacturing rebounding

Last June, Chevron Phillips Chemical broke ground on a pair of facilities in Texas. When they open in 2017, the company projects, those plants will produce a combined 1 million metric tons per year of plastic resin, which will find its way into plastic bags, piping and bottles. Along with a third plant, the facilities will create 400 new permanent …

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The Oregon Fuel Mandate

Several organizations, including the American Trucking Association, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers and the Consumer Energy Alliance, recently filed suit seeking judicial redress against the government of the State of Oregon for imposing (unlawfully) a new and destructive mandate on its own citizens who drive or purchase anything that travels by truck. The mandate, which was created by California …

The Death of the “Green Energy” Movement

The “green energy” movement, says economist Stephen Moore, has fallen victim to the boom in shale oil and gas and the sharp decline in fossil fuel costs. What it shows, he says, is that central government planning doesn’t work. Read more HERE.  

Why Oil Sector Jobs Matter

Why should America care about jobs in the oil sector? Up to four jobs can disappear for every one job lost in the oil sector, that’s why. Read more here.

Don’t Require E15 Ethanol Pumps at Chicago Gas Stations

Chicago should reject the proposal before City Council to require larger gas stations to install E15 gas, a blend with 50 percent more ethanol than the gasoline now sold. The scheme will cost each gas station $300,000 — and the E15 fuel can damage lawnmowers, snow-blowers and other gasoline-powered tools, especially older models. Worse, it will void the warranties on …