William F. Shughart II

Dakota Access – Legal, Beneficial & Necessary

With its recent decision to deny the temporary injunction requested by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the U.S. Court of Appeals affirmed what supporters of the Dakota Access Pipeline have maintained fervently all along: the more-than-halfway finished pipeline satisfied every one of the myriad state and federal regulations that govern its construction and eventual operation. That alone should be enough for the Obama administration to comply with its own permitting process, and allow the project to resume.

Bipartisan Energy Bill Gets Second Chance in Senate

  In a rapid turn of events, the bipartisan “Energy Policy Modernization Act” went from the legislative dustbin to an upcoming Senate floor vote.  And not a moment too soon considering the unexpectedly rocky road the bill embarked on since it was first introduced. In February, the Senate took up the bipartisan bill, introduced last […]

What Happened to “Peak Oil?” Answer: Market-Driven Innovation

Expansion in American oil production is the reason so many motorists are happy. Crude oil, which hasn’t been this cheap since the early 2000s, now costs less than the barrel it’s shipped in. That is good news for the average American, who saved roughly $540 at the pump last year and will likely save as […]