Profession Has a Lot at Stake in Budget Battle   
By David Curtiss / September 2011

Sitting at his Oval Office desk on Aug. 2, President Obama signed into law the compromise agreed to by the House of Representatives and Senate to lift the nation’s debt ceiling and trim federal spending.

Lack of Energy Policy Affects Jobs   
By David Curtiss / August 2011

Persistently high employment by U.S. standards – upward of 9 percent – figures as a prominent issue for politicians of every stripe seeking to gain or hold political office in the 2012 election.

Climate, Coal and CCS Stir Debate   
By David Curtiss / July 2011

One casualty of the November 2010 elections was climate change legislation.

 
By David Curtiss / June 2011

BP made headlines in late April by pledging $1 billion for restoration projects along the Gulf Coast.

Let the Conversation Begin   
By David Curtiss / May 2011

Headlines proclaimed the news that automobile drivers already knew: Crude oil and gasoline prices marched ever higher as spring began. In fact, crude oil set a record of “highest March price ever.”

Budget Games: R&D, Tax Breaks in Play   
By David Curtiss / April 2011

“Winning the future,” is how President Barack Obama characterized the challenge facing the United States in his State of the Union address. And while his goal lacked the specificity of President John F. Kennedy’s charge to put a man on the moon, Obama clearly wanted to mobilize the country.

Disaster Unmitigated   
By David Curtiss / March 2011

One month after the tragic loss of the Deepwater Horizon drill rig in the Gulf of Mexico, President Obama signed an Executive Order establishing the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling.

An Eroding Competitiveness …   
By David Curtiss / February 2011

In 2005 the National Academies released a report titled “Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future.”The report’s objective, with the bipartisan encouragement of a concerned Congress, was to assess the nation’s scientific and technological enterprise and recommend specific policy steps to ensure that it would continue delivering the advances necessary to ensure U.S. competitiveness and prosperity.

A ‘Real’ Energy Policy?   
By David Curtiss / January 2011

A new year offers the chance for new beginnings – and that’s what’s happening here this month in Washington, D.C., as the Senate and House of Representatives convene the 112th Congress.

GEO-DC Office Marks Fifth Year  
By Dan Smith, Peter MacKenzie / December 2010

This month marks the fifth anniversary of the Geoscience and Energy Office in Washington, D.C. (GEO-DC), established by the AAPG Executive Committee in June 2005. We are taking this opportunity to review the purpose, past accomplishments and future plans for the office. 

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