Circumnetting Energy Policy and the Lack Thereof

By September 7, 2010Energy, General

We catch up on energy news that may have slipped through the tines of the barbecue fork over the last days of summer, at least as Washington, D.C., understands the season.

Jobs …. Just thought we should mention the word.

Los Angeles Times (blog), Sept. 4, “Salazar: Arctic oil drilling must wait“:

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is making it clear that he’s in no hurry to open the door to new exploratory oil and gas drilling in the offshore Arctic — not, he said, until more is known about the potential pitfalls.

Winding up a two-day trip to Alaska’s North Slope that included a town hall in Barrow, a stop at the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, and a flight over the Beaufort and Chukchi seas, Salazar said reports on what caused the Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf of Mexico will have to be in before Shell Alaska can be allowed to commence drilling new wells off Alaska’s northern shores.

Politico, Sept. 3, “More Democrats call for oil drilling investigation“: “House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) on Friday sent Interior Secretary Ken Salazar a letter requesting a slew of documents, saying he is “alarmed” by the disaster aboard the Mariner Energy rig in the Gulf of Mexico. This follows on the heels of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s request that Mariner brief committee members.”

Bloomberg, Sept. 3, “Crude Futures Seen Falling Next Week as Refineries Do Seasonal Maintenance“: “U.S. crude oil production increased 1.7 percent to 5.6 million barrels a day last week, the highest level since May 2004, the [Energy] department said.”

Houston Chronicle, Sept. 3, “Energy workers speak out“: “More than 5,000 energy sector workers flocked to three Texas rallies Wednesday to protest what they view as an onslaught of punitive measures from Washington that threaten oil and gas jobs and domestic energy supplies.”

And on the nuclear front …

Der Spiegel, Sept. 6, “Merkel’s Government Extends Nuclear Plant Lifespans“: “The German government has agreed to extend the operating lives of the country’s nuclear power plants by up to 14 years. Energy companies will make payments to promote the expansion of renewable energy in return.”

Platts, Aug. 30, “Nuclear fuel reprocessing needs support, not subsidies: Areva exec”: “Federal loan guarantees and a clear US policy on nuclear waste — not government subsidies — are needed to support the deployment of advanced technology for reprocessing spent fuel from nuclear power plants, an Areva executive said Monday.”

UPDATE (8:35 a.m.): Forgot to include this report from NPR’s “All Things Considered” last night, “Wind Power Wanes With Fading Federal Incentives.” Just a pretty good, balanced story.

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