War on Coal
First, they came for the coal industry, and I did not speak out — Because I was not in the coal industry. The battle over carbon will play a significant role in the long-term development of the tight oil plays in the United States. There is yet another push for...
Carbon Tax featured
The National Climate Assessment is the latest in a series of reports that has thrust climate change into the public spotlight — and added to the intensity of calls for a carbon tax. This brief article will illustrate first the arguments put forth by advocates for the carbon tax...
Water Drop
This January, as many Texans recover from the holidays and gaze into what some folks call winter here, members of the Texas Legislature will gather in Austin to be sworn in for the 86th legislative session. The Texas Legislature is charged with meeting for only 140 days...
SHALE Featured Website Nov Dec 2018 National Parks
Recent months brought a wave of changes to oil and gas related policy and legislation. From the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the Department of the Interior (DOI) to the National Parks, the current administration is taking a good hard look at how to streamline processes to empower oil...
SHALE Featured Website Nov Dec 2018 Porter Renewable Energy Subsidies
A growing healthy economy needs cheap and abundant energy to fuel growth. That is why you hear people say they are in favor of an all-of-the-above energy policy. We need all the energy we can get from which ever source we can get it. The market will sort out...
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There are many major issues facing the Texas Legislature during the 2019 session. In early August I attended an event in San Angelo called the West Texas Legislative Summit which gave us insight into what those issues will be. The Summit was well attended this year with a handful...
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It seems that everything, even basic necessities like energy, has become highly political today. But our conversation about American energy doesn't have to be this way. That's why the American Petroleum Institute is calling on voters, candidates, and the media to put aside partisanship with its "Power Past Politics"...
Colorado Oil 2018
There is no question Colorado’s upcoming election cycle is going to be a doozy — headlined by the gubernatorial race between Democratic nominee, U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, and the Republican nominee, State Treasurer Walker Stapleton. Certainly, energy issues are primed to be front and center up and down the...
Trade Associations
In mid-June, I read with great interest a farewell message written by DrillingInfo’s Chairman, Allen Gilmer, to the members of the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association (TIPRO), where he has done a terrific job serving as the association’s chairman for the last two years. I’ve known Gilmer...
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In 1891, the Railroad Commission of Texas was created by the Texas Legislature to protect Texans from the flourishing railroad industry’s abuse of power and discriminatory rates through regulation. The Commission was Texas’ first regulatory agency and initially maintained jurisdiction over the rates and management of railroads, terminals, wharves...

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