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Russian Money Possibly Behind Anti-Fracking Protests

The apparent shutdown of a Chevron fracking facility in Romania may be the results of efforts by Russia to stop natural gas production in Eastern Europe. Not long after opening the hydraulic fracturing facility in Pungesti, Romania, protesters began to stage confrontations that became violent at times.

“I was really shocked,” recalled the Mayor Vlasa Mircia in an article in the New York Times. “We never had protesters here and suddenly they were everywhere.”   Read more »

at Dec 1, 2014 5:00 PM

The Right Way To Raise Minimum Wages

How does one increase the minimum wage? There are two ways: the inefficient and destructive way or allowing the market to work. The first is what most politicians do routinely by pushing for laws to raise the minimum wage since it is very popular among voters and it gives everyone a warm fuzzy feeling. Then there is the North Dakota way: encourage economic growth and don’t be afraid to develop the natural resources of your state.   Read more »

at Sep 9, 2014 4:55 PM

Unleash the Energy Entrepreneurs!

A headline that wind power requires 700 times the land space to produce the same amount of energy than fracked produced natural gas grabbed my attention. This headline sums up the problem with much of the alternative sources of energy: namely the juice equation doesn’t exist when compared to the fossil fuels and shows that we are far from replacing Natural gas, coal or oil when it comes to energy in the next few years   Read more »

at Aug 22, 2014 9:42 AM

New Mexican Energy Laws Could Spell Opportunity for Texas Companies

HOUSTON, Texas — Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto signed a new law reforming the nation’s energy industry. It is expected this new law will bring in billions of dollars in investments to expand oil and natural gas production in Mexico. The move could create opportunity for Texas companies who are already studying the law and the new investment arenas.   Read more »

at Aug 12, 2014 4:47 PM

Time to Remove Roadblocks to Energy Trade

The following was written by Congressman Joe Barton (TX-6):

America’s new found energy abundance creates incredible opportunities, but old laws are getting in the way of economic growth and the chance to strengthen security here and abroad.

Our nation is blessed with a bounty of natural resources, but until recently much of it remained out of reach.

at Aug 7, 2014 4:49 PM

Congressman Poe Speaks On The Domestic Prosperity And Global Freedom Act

Five years ago, companies were building terminals to import natural gas at the cost of billions of dollars because analysts agreed that the United States' economy was going to need natural gas from overseas. Today that scenario has flipped on its head, and import terminals are dormant. The Department of Energy has 19 applications waiting to get permission to export U.S. natural gas.   Read more »

at Jul 6, 2014 2:18 PM

Working Toward American Energy Independence

Right now, our country is in the middle of an unprecedented energy boom—since 2008, domestic oil production has risen by more than 66 percent. Technological advances and new discoveries have made American energy independence by the end of the decade an attainable goal. In fact, we’ve gained access to more oil and natural gas in the past decade than ever before.   Read more »

at Jul 5, 2014 10:54 AM

Update on Ukraine from Congressman Ted Poe

Two weeks ago, I traveled to Ukraine. It was a sobering experience as I saw firsthand the situation on the ground. Our country must do more to let our friends in the Ukraine know that we support them and want to help protect their democratic freedoms. I met with Ukrainian officials and presidential candidates to discuss the unrest in the region, Russia's propaganda campaign and the citizens' fears their safety.

 Congressman Poe with Ukraine's interim President, Oleksandr Turchynov   Read more »

at May 9, 2014 4:52 PM

The Oil and Natural Gas Boom Continues

The recent uptick in American energy production is one of those economic miracles not thought possible a decade ago. Oil and gas production will reduce the United States' dependence on imports, and we may be become an energy exporter, something that will strengthen our international status, which is at a low point under the present Administration's policy.

at Apr 8, 2014 12:59 PM

Passage of Ukraine Support Act

Today, I issued the following statement on H.R. 4278, the Ukraine Support Act, which passed the House with overwhelming bipartisan support. This legislation includes both sanctions against Russia and support measures for Ukraine. H.R. 4278 also includes the Poe Amendment, which requires the State Department to produce a report on the potential short, medium and long-term impacts of increased U.S. natural gas and oil exports on Russia’s economic and political influence over Ukraine and other European countries.   Read more »

at Mar 28, 2014 1:09 PM


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