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.

Oil, Gas Take Hits on Proposed Budget   
By David Curtiss / March 2010

The president has proposed to repeal a series of oil and natural gas tax “preferences.”

Climate politics: Looking for Compromise   
By David Curtiss / February 2010

The U.S. Senate finished 2009 with a triumphant vote on health care legislation. The lengthy and hard fought negotiations needed to secure the 60 votes necessary for passage of the health care bill delayed Senate action on climate change. As senators now turn to this similarly contentious issue, they again face the difficult task of drafting a bill that garners 60 votes.

Authorizing and Appropriating   
By David Curtiss / January 2010

Congress passes many laws – that is its principal function as outlined in Article I of the U.S. Constitution. It also controls the nation’s purse strings, deciding how tax revenue collected from the people will be spent for the people.

Forum Included Q&A From Public   
By David Curtiss / December 2009

Shortly after lunch on Oct. 14 people began filing into the ballroom of the Tulsa Marriott Southern Hills Hotel. They included attendees of the 2009 AAPG Mid-Continent Section meeting, members of the general public and two busloads of students from local high schools.  They were there to participate in a conversation about energy – its past and its future. 

Members Take Message to ‘the Hill’   
By David Curtiss / November 2009

For the second consecutive year, earth scientists gathered in Washington, D.C., in September for geosciences Congressional Visits Day (geoCVD).

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