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. 

Will Lame Ducks Set Stage for Energy Debate?  
By David Curtiss / November 2010

President Barack Obama came to office during a tumultuous period, and with a long list of policy priorities: stimulating the economy, withdrawing combat troops from Iraq, reforming the health care and financial services sectors, and so on.

AAPG Adds Voice to Moratorium Conversation  
By David Curtiss / October 2010

As oil spilled from the Macondo well into the Gulf of Mexico in the days following the Deepwater Horizon drill rig explosion, the White House scrambled to respond. President Obama ordered the Department of the Interior to conduct a safety review of offshore operations and report back within 30 days. In the interim, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced the department would not issue new deepwater drilling permits.

Canada/U.S. Pipeline Scrutinized  
By David Curtiss / September 2010

It’s common knowledge, and it’s wrong. The top suppliers of crude oil to the United States are Canada and Mexico.

Some Summer (or Winter) Reading Ideas  
By David Curtiss / August 2010

John Hofmeister is well known to many in the oil and gas industry as former head of Shell’s U.S. operations. Trained as a political scientist and then working at General Electric, Nortel and AlliedSignal before coming to Shell, his background is one of planning, preparation and pragmatism.

Gulf Tragedy Spawns Multiple Probes  
By David Curtiss / July 2010

The tragic loss of life aboard the Deepwater Horizon on April 20 and resulting environmental disaster has shocked the nation. Images of the drill ship ablaze and gripping accounts of crew members leaping from the crippled vessel hoping to save themselves lead to a critical question:

ARPA-E – Not a Typical Research Effort   
By David Curtiss / June 2010

It should come as no surprise that here at GEO-DC we spend a lot of time talking about energy and the future of energy.

Process Begins to Open OCS to Exploration   
By David Curtiss / May 2010

The media had been buzzing all morning with news that the administration was planning to open additional areas of the outer continental shelf (OCS) to exploration and production as part of a new energy plan.

Study Quantifies Lands Ban Costs   
By David Curtiss / April 2010

Exploring and developing the natural resources on U.S. public lands has been subject of debate for decades.

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