President’s Climate Plan Begins its Journey  
By Edith Allison / September 2013

The president’s Climate Action Plan, released June 25, aims to slow the effects of climate change.

Shale Gas Workshops Offering Diverse Views  
By Edith Allison / August 2013

Starting in 2012 and continuing through this fall, the National Academies (NAS) are hosting workshops to inform the public about shale gas development. 

Questions Continue to Center on Gas Potential  
By Edith Allison / July 2013

Natural gas production has mushroomed over the past five years. At the same time, natural gas prices have declined.

Annual CVD Takes AAPG to Washington  
By Edith Allison / June 2013

April brought AAPG members to Washington, D.C., for visits with federal agencies and Senate and House offices.

NAS Report Tracks Workforce Issues  
By Edith Allison / May 2013

The National Academy of Sciences recently released its report “Emerging Workforce Trends in the U.S. Energy and Mining Industries: A Call to Action,” which determines that the demand for energy and mining workers is higher than the current supply – despite offers of high salaries.

Consensus Still Eludes Emissions Debate  
By Edith Allison / April 2013

Regulations aimed at reducing carbon emissions are now common – 33 countries and 18 sub-national jurisdictions will have a price on carbon in 2012 – but the topic is contentious in the United States and other countries as carbon emissions regulations take hold.

Making the Leap From Research to Innovation  
By Edith Allison / March 2013

In a November 2012 report, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) reported that a historically strong commitment to research and development (R&D) by government and industry has assured the United States leads the world in technology and innovation.

EPA Fracturing Study Moves Forward – Slowly  
By Edith Allison / February 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its “Study of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Drinking Water Resources: Progress Report” in late December.

Industry Keenly Watches Canadian Energy Policy  
By Edith Allison / January 2013

U.S. and Canadian energy markets have been closely linked for many years as excess Canadian oil and natural gas production supplied U.S. demand. 

The Year That Was(n’t) – D.C. Action Was Rare  
By Edith Allison / December 2012

The 112th Congress (January 2011 to January 2013) has passed little legislation – in fact, it set a record for inactivity, and no bills impacting petroleum exploration and production have been passed.

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