Proposed Cuts Threaten Research  
By Edith Allison / July 2015
Congress is talking about science now more than ever – and some of the dialogue is unfavorable. However, attacking science may be a surrogate for opposition to federal regulations, which seem to be appearing at a faster rate than in the past.
QER Addresses Changing Energy System  
By Edith Allison / June 2015
Concerns over aging or inadequate infrastructure and changes in the energy mix led the Obama administration to focus the first Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) on transmission, storage and distribution infrastructure.
Congressional Visit Days Bridge Policy and Science  
By Steve Brennan / May 2015
AAPG Congressional Visit Days (CVD) are held annually in the spring in Washington, D.C. – and I was fortunate to participate this past March, adding the perspective of a graduate student to the event.
New Federal Energy Policies in the Works  
By Edith Allison / April 2015
Is 2015 the year for comprehensive energy legislation? Many in Congress are considering new, comprehensive energy legislation, which would be the first such measures since the 2005 Energy Policy Act and the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act.
Inaccuracies Abound In Emissions Papers  
By Edith Allison / March 2015

The oil and natural gas industry is the target of round two of the President’s Climate Action Plan, released in 2013 with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Policymakers Mull Increased Arctic Interest  
By Edith Allison / February 2015

Commercial interest in the Arctic has grown with declines in summer sea ice cover – since 2007 the extent of Arctic sea ice has been significantly less than it was in the decade after satellite measurements started in 1978.

Energy Trilemma Expected As Demand Grows  
By Edith Allison / January 2015

Demand for all forms of energy, including oil and natural gas, will grow significantly in the next 26 years – but political and regulatory uncertainties create risks that may constrain the private-sector investments needed to meet the demand. That’s the message found in several recent analyses of the global energy market, which could shed light on patterns of energy growth and issues constraining industry’s ability to meet the growing demands.

More Research Needed on Induced Seismicity  
By Edith Allison / December 2014

The need for research to help understand the causes and mitigate induced seismicity was one of several topics at several recent Washington, D.C., workshops that explored what we know about the subsurface and its response to energy extraction technologies – and what research is needed for more efficient and safe energy development.

A Case for Reauthorizing the Data Preservation Act  
By Edith Allison / November 2014

In the age of 3-D seismic and digitized well logs, the value of cores and other rock samples may not be obvious. But benefits like those noted by the AAPG in 1948 and described in a 2002 National Research Council report and a recent congressional hearing continue to demonstrate the value of properly archived subsurface samples and data.

Research Benefits Defy Easy Measurement  
By Edith Allison / October 2014

Ronald Reagan stated in an April 2, 1988, radio address that “ … although basic research does not begin with a particular practical goal, when you look at the results over the years it ends up being one of the most practical things government does.” This widely held opinion has been notoriously hard to verify or quantify, leading to questions about appropriate funding levels.

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