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President Obama issues Executive Order to coordinate policy on development of unconventional natural gas

13 April 2012

President Obama has issued an Executive Order establishing an interagency working group to coordinate Administration policy efforts to support “safe and responsible” development of unconventional domestic natural gas and associated infrastructure. This would include coordination of policies on fracking.

In 2011, natural gas provided 25 percent of the energy consumed in the United States. Its production creates jobs and provides economic benefits to the entire domestic production supply chain, as well as to chemical and other manufacturers, who benefit from lower feedstock and energy costs. By helping to power our transportation system, greater use of natural gas can also reduce our dependence on oil. And with appropriate safeguards, natural gas can provide a cleaner source of energy than other fossil fuels.

For these reasons, it is vital that we take full advantage of our natural gas resources, while giving American families and communities confidence that natural and cultural resources, air and water quality, and public health and safety will not be compromised.

While natural gas production is carried out by private firms, and States are the primary regulators of onshore oil and gas activities, the Federal Government has an important role to play by regulating oil and gas activities on public and Indian trust lands, encouraging greater use of natural gas in transportation, supporting research and development aimed at improving the safety of natural gas development and transportation activities, and setting sensible, cost-effective public health and environmental standards to implement Federal law and augment State safeguards.

Because efforts to promote safe, responsible, and efficient development of unconventional domestic natural gas resources are underway at a number of executive departments and agencies (agencies), close interagency coordination is important for effective implementation of these programs and activities. To formalize and promote ongoing interagency coordination, this order establishes a high-level, interagency working group that will facilitate coordinated Administration policy efforts to support safe and responsible unconventional domestic natural gas development.

—Executive Order

The Interagency Working Group to Support Safe and Responsible Development of Unconventional Domestic Natural Gas Resources will be chaired by the Director of the Domestic Policy Council, or a designated representative. In addition to the Chair, the Working Group will include deputy-level representatives or equivalent officials, designated by the head of the respective agency or office, from:

  1. the Department of Defense;
  2. the Department of the Interior;
  3. the Department of Agriculture;
  4. the Department of Commerce;
  5. the Department of Health and Human Services;
  6. the Department of Transportation;
  7. the Department of Energy;
  8. the Department of Homeland Security;
  9. the Environmental Protection Agency;
  10. the Council on Environmental Quality;
  11. the Office of Science and Technology Policy;
  12. the Office of Management and Budget;
  13. the National Economic Council; and
  14. other agencies or offices as the Chair may invite to participate.

The Working Group is to perform the following functions:

  1. coordinate agency policy activities, ensuring their efficient and effective operation and facilitating cooperation among agencies, as appropriate;

  2. coordinate among agencies the sharing of scientific, environmental, and related technical and economic information;

  3. engage in long-term planning and ensure coordination among the appropriate Federal entities with respect to such issues as research, natural resource assessment, and the development of infrastructure; 

  4. promote interagency communication with stakeholders; and

  5. consult with other agencies and offices as appropriate.

The American Petroleum Institute (API) issued a statement welcoming the move to coordinate reviews and policy.

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It can be done safely, since it was exempt from most environmental laws, a few operators cut corners. Once guidelines are set and over sight is established, it can be done responsibly.

Yes...without guidelines and over sight it is the wild West all over again.

I remember someone on Wall Street telling this joke about the financial meltdown: "Not one of these guys who advocate deregulation would think of getting into an unregulated cab nor go see an unlicensed doctor."

"Where's the front of this parade, I'm supposed to be the leader"

Apparently Obama is disillusioned with all this renewable green stuff.

And apparently he supports fracking and clean natural gas (we knew all along that CO2 was not REALLY a pollutant).

“For these reasons, it is vital that we take full advantage of our natural gas resources”. . Drill, Bama, Drill.

This kind of stuff will only encourage those birthers that claim George Bush was his actual father.

Oil and gas production IS being done safely. And you think guidelines and over sight is all it takes?

Task 14+ different agencies to:
i. coordinate agency policy activities
ii. coordinate among agencies economic information.
iii. engage in long-term planning.
iv. promote interagency communication.
v. consult with other agencies and offices.

What a cluster that will be.

Sounds like those community organizing skills are not much help.

"Where's the front of this parade, I'm supposed to be the leader"

Apparently Obama is disillusioned with all this renewable green stuff.

Meanwhile, back in the real world, the United States has reclaimed the top spot in clean energy investment, toppling China from its number one global ranking. The U.S. had fallen to second in the Pew’s rankings in 2009 and fell to third globally last year. But $48.1 billion in clean energy investments, a 42 percent increase from 2010, led to a year of milestones as the U.S. regained the top spot. Solar power was the largest beneficiary, with 1.7 gigawatts (GW) of solar capacity added, the first time the U.S. installed more than 1 GW of solar in one year. The size of the projects during this record year was particularly robust as the majority of financing was for utility-grade solar farms.

http://inhabitat.com/united-states-pulls-ahead-of-china-in-clean-energy-race/

Also;
http://inhabitat.com/half-of-new-energy-produced-in-the-us-last-year-was-green/

In 2008 candidate Obama said that we would need to develop ALL energy resources, between 2009 and 2012 he has been doing that. Go back and play the recordings of what candidate Obama said about energy in 2008, they are what he has done since being President.

He has a Nobel prize person with a Doctoral degree in charge of DOE, not some oil guy that raised money for his campaign. They have funded some promising research and technology instead of endorsing a tax break for vehicles over 6000 pounds.

The contrast between now and the previous administration is quite clear, Bush had the oil boys drilling in the Gulf of Mexico like mad until the BP blow out that no one was watching over. The people suppose to be regulating and providing over sight were partying with the oil companies looking for their next job.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=19083

Bending over for Big Oil became the ideological posture of the Bush White House, and, under Cheney's cruel whip, the practice trickled down through the regulatory bureaucracy. The Minerals Management Service -- the poster child for "agency capture phenomena" -- hopped into bed with the regulated industry -- literally. A 2009 investigation of the Minerals Management Service found that agency officials "frequently consumed alcohol at industry functions, had used cocaine and marijuana and had sexual relationships with oil and gas company representatives." Three reports by the Inspector General describe an open bazaar of payoffs, bribes and kickbacks spiced with scenes of female employees providing sexual favors to industry big wigs who in turn rewarded government workers with illegal contracts. In one incident reported by the Inspector General, agency employees got so drunk at a Shell sponsored golf event that they could not drive home and had to sleep in hotel rooms paid for by Shell.

Pervasive intercourse also characterized their financial relations. Industry lobbyists underwrote lavish parties and showered agency employees with illegal gifts, and lucrative personal contracts and treated them to regular golf, ski, and paintball outings, trips to rock concerts and professional sports events. The Inspector General characterized this orgy of wheeling and dealing as "a culture of ethical failure" that cost taxpayers millions in royalty fees and produced reams of bad science to justify unregulated deep water drilling in the gulf.

In the real world

China has all the money.

We have all the debt.

But we can always outspend them – how hard is THAT?.

Outspend them in what?

Clean energy “investments”.
Investments?
Well, NO – just spending actually.

"Solar power was the largest beneficiary."

Great; after
Germany’s massive failure
and Solindra
and First solar
and Energy Conversion Devices Inc
and Beacon Power Corp.
and Solar Trust of America LLC, (after $2.1 billion of conditional loan guarantees from the U.S. DOE, they file for bankruptcy).

Meanwhile; any effort to slow the flow of tax money to the big oil companies?
No.

Why not?

Because OUR money goes out –campaign contributions come back.


As for comparing it to the previous administration;
- that’s looking more and more like a race to the bottom.
.

In the real world we make a few loan guarantees and China makes $30 billion in grants to solar every year to build more solar panel factories and dominate the world market with low prices. That is the REAL world.

In the real world China dominates the world market, so they apparently know better where to spend their money.

And thay put their only Nobel Peace Prize winner in jail.

What does that have to do with anything, try making sense now and then.

Meanwhile; any effort to slow the flow of tax money to the big oil companies?
No.

Why not?

Because OUR money goes out –campaign contributions come back.

Well you got part of that right. An effort WAS made (again) to end the flow of tax money to the big oil companies but it was stopped by yet another filibuster from the repubs in the Senate;
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/ns/msnbc_tv-rachel_maddow_show/#46900059

Clean energy “investments”.
Investments?
Well, NO – just spending actually.

I guess you missed the part where it said "Solar power was the largest beneficiary, with 1.7 gigawatts (GW) of solar capacity added, the first time the U.S. installed more than 1 GW of solar in one year. The size of the projects during this record year was particularly robust as the majority of financing was for utility-grade solar farms."

And missed;
http://inhabitat.com/half-of-new-energy-produced-in-the-us-last-year-was-green/

Also:
and Solar Trust of America LLC, (after $2.1 billion of conditional loan guarantees from the U.S. DOE, they file for bankruptcy).

"When news broke earlier this week that Solar Trust of America (a big solar company backed by the US Department of Energy) had filed for bankruptcy, conservatives predictably took to the airwaves to denounce the Obama administration’s energy policy. “Another $2 billion of taxpayer money lost on solar companies,” read one headline. “Another Obama Solar Company Goes Bankrupt … Taxpayers Lose $2 BILLION?” screamed another. The only problem? Solar Trust of America never took the money."

http://inhabitat.com/how-the-media-dropped-the-ball-on-the-solar-trust-of-america-story/
http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=37741D34-3914-4AAF-B4DB-E8C0332F7EB2

Three strikes, and you're out.

Oh forget the three strikes, you tripped up while stepping up the the plate:
In the real world

China has all the money.

We have all the debt.

You have all the debt mostly because of the Party of Reagan/Bush; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Federal_Debt_1901-2010.png

And yes I see where it's going up again under Obama but that's only because the Repubs forced him to extend the Bush taxcuts to the "job exporters" which, of course, is also why China has all the money.

INVESTMENT! Energy produced in US means more money stays in US to be spent on other things -- economic multiplier effect. From an economic standpoint, it does not matter if it is oil or solar, just so it is produced here. I prefer solar, personally. And I don't mind my tax dollars helping to push the technology. They will come back to the US with better economy.

http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/rick-newman/2012/02/23/3-holes-in-mitt-romneys-tax-plan

That’s looking more and more like a race to the bottom.

We are not talking "Energy produced in US".

We are talking politicians, and those that get the handouts CLAIMING the gov can pour our money on a factory and make it competitive.

One can only wish they had the wisdom to know how to push any worthwhile technology.

And HOPING the dollars will come back to the US with better economy, just doesn't cut it.

And do you think Obama will have the candor to campaign claiming the Repubs forced him to extend the Bush taxcuts to the "job exporters" which resulted in China having all the money?

He probably believes this.

The President had to trade $70 billion in tax cuts for the rich to get unemployment extensions for those out of work. That is a fact and a matter of public record.

SJC you know those were not tax cuts but keeping taxes as they were. We couldnt afford to have a section of the people wind up paying that much MORE in taxes the next year as many of them unlike what idiots like to think are actualy deep in debt and spending every penny they make just trying to keep afloat.

Yoour concidered rich not based on how much you have but how much you get even if you are 20 million in debt.

Taxes as they were refers to a time before the Bush tax cuts that started the deficits. Credible economists all say that you should NEVER cut taxes in time of war.

What did Bush do? He cut taxes THREE times in a time of war. We had TWO wars and three tax cuts that we could not afford, then people wonder why Bush accumulated SIX trillion dollars in debt in 8 years.

TT....can be right and very wrong at the same time.

Yes, USA has been going down since 2000 and even before. We have been living on illusions, bubbles, speculation and on-going deeper debts for too long. President Clinton did well for 8 years but his replacement destroyed all previous Administration gains and more in four short years.

Yes, China has been going up at a very fast rate for the last 20+ years. They have produced huge trade surpluses and progressively own more and more USA's properties and debts. The day they repatriate what they own will be a black day for USA. Meanwhile, they can use it as a strong bargaining tool.

Very soon, USA will have to change the tax system to better distribute the burden. It is very unfair the have relatively more people pay 36% income tax while millionaires and billionaires get away with 16%. It should be the other way around.

There is nothing wrong with using local energy sources such as coal, shale gas-oil and crude oil as long as it is done with due respect of people's health and well being. The general public should also benefit via fair royalties and/or energy taxes. Non-replaceable resources belong to all citizens not only to Big Oil or Big Gas people. Norway is a very good example to follow.

http://reflectionsofarationalrepublican.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/bush-vs-obama-federal-debt-08042011.jpg?w=640

http://www.frugal-cafe.com/public_html/frugal-blog/frugal-cafe-blogzone/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/national-debt-skyrocket-600.jpg

http://behindtheblack.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Deficit-Obama-2010-years.jpg

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fxIp7o1vdHg/T0GHOnx4dLI/AAAAAAAAGpU/9GnXt26VRrE/s1600/Federal+debt+by+President.jpg

The United States currently consumes over eighteen million barrels of crude oil per day, about twelve million of it imported -- at a cost, today, of about $1.08 billion, or about $400 billion per annum, at today’s price of about $90 per barrel.

That is money that leaves the United States economy and contributes to its chronic trade and balance of payments deficit. The revenue, aside from Mexico and Canada, generally goes to unstable, unfriendly, despotic and/or corrupt regimes in the Middle East, Africa or Latin America, fuelling war, repression, terrorism or misery of one kind or another.

http://www.zacks.com/stock/news/61083/nat-gas-to-liquids-coming-to-us

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