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December 16, 2013

Fracking-led oil revolution turns U.S. into Saudi America

McClatchy Washington Bureau  •    •  Posted 2013-12-16 06:47:43

A surge in U.S. oil production has in just a few short years propelled the United States from a country largely dependent on oil imports to one that soon could become the world’s top oil producer. The goal of North American energy self-sufficiency, the holy grail of American politics since the Arab oil boycott of 1973, seems to be within grasp. The revolution has taken place almost unnoticed — and in a way that few foresaw less than a decade ago, when the emphasis on breaking America’s foreign oil dependence was almost entirely on persuading Americans to drive less, turn the thermostat up or down and open protected areas to oil exploration. [ read more … ]

Fracking protesters dump wind turbine blade at Manchester drilling site

Adam Vaughan, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2013-12-16 06:48:03

Anti-fracking protesters have dumped a wind turbine blade at an oil drilling site in Manchester, in the latest step in an ongoing campaign that saw scuffles between police and protesters on Friday. 50 campaigners put the blade in place at around 5.30am at the Barton Moss site this morning, and said it was disrupting vehicle access to the site. [ read more … ]

Energy tax reform paper could be coming soon – House passes budget deal – Moniz: Oil export ban

By ALEX GUILLEN | 12/13/13 10:01 AM EDT, Politico  •    •  Posted 2013-12-16 06:48:27

ENR Chairman Ron Wyden would not comment on the forthcoming paper but said he wants all the players in the energy sector to have more “parity” in the tax code. “You’ve got to make it possible for all of the different energy sources to get out of the gate, and if you have a set of energy sources that are permanently subsidized at a very high level … how are you going to move to a competitive landscape?” Wyden yesterday hinted he may push Congress to consider some sort of tax extenders package if broader tax reform efforts drag out too long. “If you didn’t have tax reform and you didn’t have extenders, you’d do crushing damage to solar, wind and renewables,” Wyden told ME in the Capitol. [ read more … ]

Wind energy company NextEra eyeing a Kansas County

By Peter Hancock, Lincoln County Journal  •    •  Posted 2013-12-16 06:48:48

NextEra Energy Resources, the largest wind energy developer in the United States, said it is in the very early stages of looking at Douglas County as a site for a future wind farm. “We have talked to some landowners,” said Steve Stengel, a spokesman for the Florida-based company. “We haven’t really even started measuring the wind yet, so it’s a fairly lengthy process.” [ read more … ]

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