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. 

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.

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