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An Open Letter to President Obama on Mining

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By Jennifer Krill

November 7, 2012

Dear Mr President -

Congratulations on your reelection.

Now that the fluff and the fury of the campaign is past, it’s time to buckle down and make the real decisions that are going to determine whether our country moves forward to a more sustainable future.  Don’t despair though, Mr. President.  We are here to help.  

Sustainability -- making decisions today that leave us as at least as well off tomorrow -- is inextricably intertwined with how we use (or don’t use) our natural resources.  And that means energy, and mining.  I’ll cover mining today, and energy tomorrow.

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Tagged with: 1872 mining law, abandoned mines, mining reform, royalties, president obama, jobs, budget


Risking Our Environment and Health to Burn a Few More Years of Natural Gas

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By Jennifer Krill

January 24, 2012

The big number to remember in natural gas in the U.S. is that we consumed 24 trillion cubic feet of it in 2010. That’s a lot of hydrocarbons. Today, entire sectors are making decisions about future energy choices based on how much natural gas we have left to burn. And with the Energy Information Administration's new Annual Energy Outlook, it appears we have been making those choices on false assumptions.

The report, released yesterday, issues new estimates of recoverable natural gas in the Marcellus Shale, a vast formation more than a mile below 8 eastern states, including New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio.

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Tagged with: economics, usgs, energy information administration, natural gas reserves


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