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Energy and the Presidency – From Campaigning to Policy Making

Politico Conference Recap by Erin Carson, Senior Policy Advisor A well-attended energy conference held in Washington D.C. last week asked congressional members and industry leaders about the upcoming energy policy agenda. The topics included oil and gas, renewable energy, and the possibility of new energy legislation. Panelists spoke about the need to invest in energy technologies…...

Shape of the President’s Energy Agenda in the Second Term

With the election over, President Obama’s energy priorities will emerge as new rules and regulations are finalized under existing law. The balance of power in Washington is the same as it was prior to the elections– President Barack Obama will serve another four years and Congress will continue to be divided with a Democrat-controlled Senate…...

Energy Industry Anticipations in the Wake of Obama’s Re-election

Under President Obama’s second term, energy industry officials and analysts are keen on the Administration’s priorities for the energy sector, envisioning regulatory reforms and policies to advance the nation’s energy and economic security.  Key areas to watch include Keystone XL Pipeline talks, recognizing the primacy of states in regulating oil and natural gas development, and…...

Look Ahead at Congress: Effects of Sequestration on the Energy Industry

Sequestration refers to a package of automatic $1.2 trillion across-the-board spending cuts that is a part of the 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA), passed in August 2011.  The spending cuts would affect some 1200 government programs, including those that fund energy research and development initiatives. The cuts are scheduled to begin on January 2, 2013…...

IHS Study: Unconventional Oil and Gas Production

 IHS Global Insight released a report on October 23, 2012 predicting radical changes in the nation’s energy outlook, as unconventional oil and gas production is actively contributing to job creation, economic development and revenue generation.  According to the report, the unconventional energy sector will support about 3.5 million jobs by 2035, a dramatic rise from…...

New Spectroscopy Service Simplifies Mineralogy Interpretation in Complex Reservoirs

Schlumberger Limited expanded its Scanner Family by adding a new high-definition spectroscopy service, which is capable of measuring a bigger array of elements in real time.  Announcing the expansion on October 8, 2012, the company stated that the new service provides critical reservoir data that previously required lengthy and complex lab testing methods. Schlumberger, a…...