North Dakota Oil Boom Seen Adding Costs for Rail Safety – Bloomberg

North Dakota Oil Boom Seen Adding Costs for Rail Safety – Bloomberg.

Quebec’s Lac-Mégantic oil train disaster not just tragedy, but corporate crime | Environment | guardian.co.uk

Quebec’s Lac-Mégantic oil train disaster not just tragedy, but corporate crime | Environment | guardian.co.uk.

The deeper evidence about this event won’t be found in the train’s black box, or by questioning the one engineer who left the train before it loosened and careened unmanned into the heart of this tiny town. For that you’ll have to look at how Lac-Mégantic was hit by a perfect storm of greed, deregulation and an extreme energy rush driving companies to ever greater gambles with the environment and human life.

The crude carried on the rail-line of US-based company Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway – “fracked” shale oil from North Dakota – would not have passed through Lac-Mégantic five years ago. That’s because it’s part of a boom in dirty, unconventional energy, as fossil fuel companies seek to supplant the depletion of easy oil and gas with new sources – sources that are harder to find, nastier to extract, and more complicated to ship.

Like the Alberta tar sands, or the shale deposits of the United States, these energy sources are so destructive and carbon-intensive that leading scientists have made a straightforward judgment: to avert runaway climate change, they need to be kept in the ground. It’s a sad irony that Quebec is one of the few places to currently ban the “fracking” used to extract the Dakotan oil that devastated Lac-Mégantic.

But fossil fuel companies, spurred by record profits, have deployed a full-spectrum strategy to exploit and carry this oil to market. That’s one of the reasons for a massive, reckless increase in the amount of oil shipped by rail. In 2009, companies shipped a mere 500 carloads of crude oil by rail in Canada; this year, it will be 140,000.

Get It Right on Gas – NYTimes.com

Get It Right on Gas – NYTimes.com.  Tom Friedman

Changing Views About a Changing Climate

Changing Views About a Changing Climate.  Richard A Muller

 

Bill Wallace

I’m very bothered by what Prof Muller is doing these days. He has been a very vocal climate change denier and has enabled congressmen (esp. Sen Inhofe) to delay solutions and to castigate and denigrate real climate scientists.
He has received funding from a Koch foundation whose record has made it plain that they expect certain outcomes to scientific inquiry.
All of the research done by real climate scientists has been available (and massively peer reviewed) for some time now. This epiphany of Prof. Muller’s smells to me like a tactic change.
Most climate scientists have stayed out of the arguments over policies for addressing this real problem, but Prof. Muller jumps right into that arena with suggestions that border on demand that we accept fracking, and push for a move to natural gas. If the Koch brothers have conceded they are losing the argument on denial, might they want to set an agenda (fracking and natural gas) that would benefit them?
Further, what is the need for a book by Prof. Muller about his conversion? If it’s to explain what evidence there is for human caused climate change, that’s already been done very well by Michael Mann, among others. I can only think of two reasons for the book. One is for Muller to remain a prominent voice whichever way the discussion goes, and the other is to promote an agenda favorable to his Koch foundation backers.

Australian_Govt_Oil_supply_trends.pdf (application/pdf Object)

Australian_Govt_Oil_supply_trends.pdf (application/pdf Object).

Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE), 2009,
Transport energy futures: long-term oil supply trends and projections, Report 117,
Canberra ACT.

Chesapeake Energy Corporation unveils plan to transform U.S. transportation fuels market and reduce OPEC oil imports – News – Daily Review

Chesapeake Energy Corporation unveils plan to transform U.S. transportation fuels market and reduce OPEC oil imports – News – Daily Review.

Chesapeake to Spend $1b on Natural Gas Technology – NYTimes.com

Chesapeake to Spend $1b on Natural Gas Technology – NYTimes.com.

Chesapeake to Spend $1b on Natural Gas Technology–    (If you have a product, create a market–especially if you can get taxpayers to pay for doing it)

H.R.1380 Latest Title: New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions Act of 2011 (Natural Gas Act)

The latest from The Library of Congress Thomas Site
The NATGA$ myth across the party and political $pectrum.
178 cosponsors in only 3 weeks

NY and PA reps are highlighted. No doubt I missed a couple.

Bill Summary & Status
112th Congress (2011 – 2012)
H.R.1380
Cosponsors


Item 1 of 1


H.R.1380
Latest Title: New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions Act of 2011
Sponsor:
Rep Sullivan, John [OK-1] (introduced 4/6/2011)      Cosponsors (178)
Latest Major Action:
4/6/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on Science, Space, and Technology, and Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.


COSPONSORS(178), ALPHABETICAL [followed by Cosponsors withdrawn]:     (Sort: by date)

Rep Alexander, Rodney [LA-5] – 4/6/2011
Rep Altmire, Jason [PA-4] – 4/6/2011
Rep Andrews, Robert E. [NJ-1] – 4/7/2011
Rep Baca, Joe [CA-43] – 4/7/2011
Rep Bachus, Spencer [AL-6] – 4/6/2011
Rep Barletta, Lou [PA-11] – 4/15/2011
Rep Barrow, John [GA-12] – 4/6/2011
Rep Barton, Joe [TX-6] – 4/6/2011
Rep Berkley, Shelley [NV-1] – 4/7/2011
Rep Bilbray, Brian P. [CA-50] – 4/6/2011
Rep Bishop, Rob [UT-1] – 4/6/2011
Rep Bishop, Sanford D., Jr. [GA-2] – 4/6/2011
Rep Bishop, Timothy H. [NY-1] – 4/12/2011
Rep Blackburn, Marsha [TN-7] – 4/6/2011
Rep Bonner, Jo [AL-1] – 4/12/2011
Rep Bono Mack, Mary [CA-45] – 4/6/2011
Rep Boren, Dan [OK-2] – 4/6/2011
Rep Boswell, Leonard L. [IA-3] – 4/6/2011
Rep Boustany, Charles W., Jr. [LA-7] – 4/6/2011
Rep Brady, Kevin [TX-8] – 4/6/2011
Rep Brady, Robert A. [PA-1] – 4/7/2011
Rep Bucshon, Larry [IN-8] – 4/13/2011
Rep Burton, Dan [IN-5] – 4/6/2011
Rep Calvert, Ken [CA-44] – 4/7/2011
Rep Capito, Shelley Moore [WV-2] – 4/6/2011
Rep Capuano, Michael E. [MA-8] – 4/6/2011
Rep Cardoza, Dennis A. [CA-18] – 4/7/2011
Rep Carnahan, Russ [MO-3] – 4/7/2011
Rep Carson, Andre [IN-7] – 4/7/2011
Rep Carter, John R. [TX-31] – 4/7/2011
Rep Cassidy, Bill [LA-6] – 4/14/2011
Rep Chandler, Ben [KY-6] – 4/6/2011
Rep Clarke, Yvette D. [NY-11] – 4/14/2011
Rep Clay, Wm. Lacy [MO-1] – 4/6/2011
Rep Cleaver, Emanuel [MO-5] – 4/6/2011
Rep Cole, Tom [OK-4] – 4/6/2011
Rep Conaway, K. Michael [TX-11] – 4/6/2011
Rep Connolly, Gerald E. “Gerry” [VA-11] – 4/12/2011
Rep Costa, Jim [CA-20] – 4/6/2011
Rep Courtney, Joe [CT-2] – 4/6/2011
Rep Critz, Mark S. [PA-12] – 4/6/2011
Rep Crowley, Joseph [NY-7] – 4/7/2011
Rep Cuellar, Henry [TX-28] – 4/6/2011
Rep Culberson, John Abney [TX-7] – 4/6/2011
Rep Cummings, Elijah E. [MD-7] – 4/12/2011
Rep Davis, Danny K. [IL-7] – 4/7/2011
Rep DeFazio, Peter A. [OR-4] – 4/7/2011
Rep DeGette, Diana [CO-1] – 4/6/2011
Rep DeLauro, Rosa L. [CT-3] – 4/12/2011
Rep Denham, Jeff [CA-19] – 4/14/2011
Rep Donnelly, Joe [IN-2] – 4/6/2011
Rep Doyle, Michael F. [PA-14] – 4/6/2011
Rep Ellison, Keith [MN-5] – 4/7/2011
Rep Emerson, Jo Ann [MO-8] – 4/7/2011
Rep Farenthold, Blake [TX-27] – 4/15/2011
Rep Farr, Sam [CA-17] – 4/7/2011
Rep Fattah, Chaka [PA-2] – 4/7/2011
Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51] – 4/7/2011
Rep Fleming, John [LA-4] – 4/6/2011
Rep Fudge, Marcia L. [OH-11] – 4/6/2011
Rep Gallegly, Elton [CA-24] – 4/6/2011
Rep Gardner, Cory [CO-4] – 4/6/2011
Rep Gerlach, Jim [PA-6] – 4/8/2011
Rep Gohmert, Louie [TX-1] – 4/14/2011
Rep Gonzalez, Charles A. [TX-20] – 4/7/2011
Rep Green, Al [TX-9] – 4/7/2011
Rep Green, Gene [TX-29] – 4/6/2011
Rep Griffin, Tim [AR-2] – 4/12/2011
Rep Grijalva, Raul M. [AZ-7] – 4/7/2011
Rep Grimm, Michael G. [NY-13] – 4/6/2011
Rep Hall, Ralph M. [TX-4] – 4/6/2011
Rep Hanabusa, Colleen W. [HI-1] – 4/7/2011
Rep Harper, Gregg [MS-3] – 4/6/2011
Rep Hastings, Alcee L. [FL-23] – 4/7/2011
Rep Heinrich, Martin [NM-1] – 4/7/2011
Rep Higgins, Brian [NY-27] – 4/7/2011
Rep Himes, James A. [CT-4] – 4/12/2011
Rep Hinojosa, Ruben [TX-15] – 4/7/2011
Rep Holden, Tim [PA-17] – 4/7/2011
Rep Holt, Rush D. [NJ-12] – 4/6/2011
Rep Honda, Michael M. [CA-15] – 4/7/2011
Rep Hunter, Duncan D. [CA-52] – 4/14/2011
Rep Issa, Darrell E. [CA-49] – 4/6/2011
Rep Jackson, Jesse L., Jr. [IL-2] – 4/7/2011
Rep Johnson, Eddie Bernice [TX-30] – 4/12/2011
Rep Jones, Walter B., Jr. [NC-3] – 4/6/2011
Rep Kaptur, Marcy [OH-9] – 4/6/2011
Rep Kelly, Mike [PA-3] – 4/12/2011
Rep King, Peter T. [NY-3] – 4/7/2011
Rep Kissell, Larry [NC-8] – 4/6/2011
Rep Kline, John [MN-2] – 4/7/2011
Rep Landry, Jeffrey M. [LA-3] – 4/7/2011
Rep Langevin, James R. [RI-2] – 4/7/2011
Rep Lankford, James [OK-5] – 4/6/2011
Rep Larson, John B. [CT-1] – 4/6/2011
Rep LaTourette, Steven C. [OH-14] – 4/14/2011
Rep Lee, Barbara [CA-9] – 4/7/2011
Rep Lewis, John [GA-5] – 4/14/2011
Rep Lipinski, Daniel [IL-3] – 4/6/2011
Rep Loebsack, David [IA-2] – 4/6/2011
Rep Lowey, Nita M. [NY-18] – 4/7/2011
Rep Lucas, Frank D. [OK-3] – 4/6/2011
Rep Lujan, Ben Ray [NM-3] – 4/6/2011
Rep Lummis, Cynthia M. [WY] – 4/6/2011
Rep Lungren, Daniel E. [CA-3] – 4/14/2011
Rep Lynch, Stephen F. [MA-9] – 4/12/2011
Rep Marchant, Kenny [TX-24] – 4/6/2011
Rep Marino, Tom [PA-10] – 4/15/2011
Rep Matheson, Jim [UT-2] – 4/6/2011
Rep Matsui, Doris O. [CA-5] – 4/12/2011
Rep McCarthy, Carolyn [NY-4] – 4/7/2011
Rep McCaul, Michael T. [TX-10] – 4/6/2011
Rep McCotter, Thaddeus G. [MI-11] – 4/14/2011
Rep McDermott, Jim [WA-7] – 4/7/2011
Rep McIntyre, Mike [NC-7] – 4/6/2011
Rep Meehan, Patrick [PA-7] – 4/15/2011
Rep Meeks, Gregory W. [NY-6] – 4/12/2011
Rep Miller, Brad [NC-13] – 4/7/2011
Rep Miller, Jeff [FL-1] – 4/14/2011
Rep Murphy, Christopher S. [CT-5] – 4/6/2011
Rep Murphy, Tim [PA-18] – 4/6/2011
Rep Myrick, Sue Wilkins [NC-9] – 4/7/2011
Rep Nugent, Richard [FL-5] – 4/15/2011
Rep Olson, Pete [TX-22] – 4/8/2011
Rep Olver, John W. [MA-1] – 4/7/2011
Rep Pascrell, Bill, Jr. [NJ-8] – 4/6/2011
Rep Paul, Ron [TX-14] – 4/15/2011
Rep Pearce, Stevan [NM-2] – 4/14/2011
Rep Perlmutter, Ed [CO-7] – 4/6/2011
Rep Peters, Gary C. [MI-9] – 4/6/2011
Rep Platts, Todd Russell [PA-19] – 4/14/2011
Rep Poe, Ted [TX-2] – 4/14/2011
Rep Posey, Bill [FL-15] – 4/14/2011
Rep Rahall, Nick J., II [WV-3] – 4/7/2011
Rep Rangel, Charles B. [NY-15] – 4/12/2011
Rep Reed, Tom [NY-29] – 4/13/2011
Rep Rehberg, Denny [MT] – 4/6/2011
Rep Reyes, Silvestre [TX-16] – 4/12/2011
Rep Richardson, Laura [CA-37] – 4/12/2011
Rep Richmond, Cedric L. [LA-2] – 4/7/2011
Rep Rigell, E. Scott [VA-2] – 4/7/2011
Rep Rogers, Mike D. [AL-3] – 4/6/2011
Rep Rooney, Thomas J. [FL-16] – 4/7/2011
Rep Ross, Mike [AR-4] – 4/6/2011
Rep Rothman, Steven R. [NJ-9] – 4/7/2011
Rep Ryan, Tim [OH-17] – 4/6/2011
Rep Sablan, Gregorio Kilili Camacho [MP] – 4/6/2011
Rep Sanchez, Linda T. [CA-39] – 4/7/2011
Rep Scalise, Steve [LA-1] – 4/6/2011
Rep Scott, Austin [GA-8] – 4/8/2011
Rep Scott, Robert C. “Bobby” [VA-3] – 4/7/2011
Rep Serrano, Jose E. [NY-16] – 4/6/2011
Rep Sessions, Pete [TX-32] – 4/6/2011
Rep Sewell, Terri A. [AL-7] – 4/14/2011
Rep Shuler, Heath [NC-11] – 4/12/2011
Rep Shuster, Bill [PA-9] – 4/6/2011
Rep Simpson, Michael K. [ID-2] – 4/6/2011
Rep Sires, Albio [NJ-13] – 4/7/2011
Rep Smith, Adam [WA-9] – 4/7/2011
Rep Smith, Lamar [TX-21] – 4/8/2011
Rep Speier, Jackie [CA-12] – 4/12/2011
Rep Sutton, Betty [OH-13] – 4/6/2011
Rep Terry, Lee [NE-2] – 4/6/2011
Rep Thompson, Glenn [PA-5] – 4/6/2011
Rep Thompson, Mike [CA-1] – 4/6/2011
Rep Thornberry, Mac [TX-13] – 4/7/2011
Rep Tipton, Scott [CO-3] – 4/7/2011
Rep Tonko, Paul [NY-21] – 4/6/2011
Rep Towns, Edolphus [NY-10] – 4/12/2011
Rep Velazquez, Nydia M. [NY-12] – 4/12/2011
Rep Weiner, Anthony D. [NY-9] – 4/7/2011
Rep Welch, Peter [VT] – 4/6/2011
Rep Westmoreland, Lynn A. [GA-3] – 4/12/2011
Rep Wilson, Frederica [FL-17] – 4/12/2011
Rep Wilson, Joe [SC-2] – 4/7/2011
Rep Wu, David [OR-1] – 4/6/2011
Rep Yarmuth, John A. [KY-3] – 4/7/2011
Rep Young, Don [AK] – 4/14/2011

Natural Gas as a Transportation Fuel Mar. 16, 2011 D.C.

Natural Gas as a Transportation Fuel: Prospects and Challenges

Here are the panelists

  • Danilo Santini, Technology Analysis Section Leader, Center for Transportation Research, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Mark Smith, Vehicle Technology Manager, Clean Cities Program, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Dana Aunkst, Chief, Division of Planning and Permits, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
  • Lynn Pittinger, Petroleum Engineer, Pittinger Consulting
  • Steven Hamburg, Chief Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
2318 Rayburn House Office Building
The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invites you to a briefing on the prospects for increased use of natural gas as a transportation fuel. Natural gas has a current price advantage over diesel fuel and gasoline (per gallon equivalent), emits fewer greenhouse gases when burned (per unit energy), and comes from mostly domestic sources at present. However, increasing and sustaining U.S. gas production will rely heavily on unconventional sources (shale gas, coal-bed methane, and tight gas), which face potentially rising costs, require continuous and intensive drilling, and present significant water supply, water quality, wastewater, air quality, land use, and seismic risk issues. The deployment of new vehicle technology and fueling facilities would also face cost and environmental challenges of using a gaseous fuel, including climate change implications of leaking methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. Furthermore, other energy and non-energy uses of natural gas compete for this high value resource. This briefing will examine the economic, energy security, and environmental implications of a large-scale shift to natural gas trucks, buses, and cars, and related fueling infrastructure. Speakers for this event include:
  • Danilo Santini, Technology Analysis Section Leader, Center for Transportation Research, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Mark Smith, Vehicle Technology Manager, Clean Cities Program, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Dana Aunkst, Chief, Division of Planning and Permits, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
  • Lynn Pittinger, Petroleum Engineer, Pittinger Consulting
  • Steven Hamburg, Chief Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund
Numerous policies and programs have been proposed at the federal, state, and local levels to encourage development of natural gas resources and promote natural gas vehicles (including, in the 111th Congress, the Natural Gas Act, S.1408, H.R.1835, Promoting Natural Gas and Electric Vehicles Act, S.3815, and Fueling America Act, S.1350). These measures employ a combination of tax credits, financing support, research and development assistance, and other incentives. In California, a low-carbon fuel standard that is currently being implemented may also encourage more natural gas vehicles. At the same time, many states are developing regulations to address the impacts of new natural gas operations.
This briefing is free and open to the public. No RSVP required.
For more information, contact Jan Mueller at jmueller [at] eesi.org or (202) 628-1400.