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US Surpasses Saudi Arabia as the World’s Top Oil Producer

US Surpasses Saudi Arabia as the World’s Top Oil Producer

 By MICHAEL BASTASCH | Energy Editor . The U.S. surpassed Saudi Arabia to become the world’s largest producer of crude oil, according to preliminary estimates from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). “U.S. crude oil production exceeded that of Saudi Arabia for the first time in more than two decades,” EIA reported Wednesday. “In June and August, […]

Trails, Schools, and Conservation Lands Could be Opened for Oil Drilling, Fracking in Ventura County

Trails, Schools, and Conservation Lands Could be Opened for Oil Drilling, Fracking in Ventura County

Ventura County, Calif. – The Trump Administration is seeking to open nearly 28,000 acres of federal land and mineral estate in the county to fracking and oil drilling, according to an analysis of official GIS data performed by the local nonprofit watchdog organization Los Padres ForestWatch. The areas slated for drilling are part of a regional […]

‘GREEN’ California is More Reliant on Foreign Oil Than Ever Before

‘GREEN’ California is More Reliant on Foreign Oil Than Ever Before

 By MICHAEL BASTASCH | Contributor . California’s biggest source of crude oil imports is now Saudi Arabia with more than 98 million barrels in 2017. Environmentalists want Gov. Jerry Brown to stop issuing new oil and gas leases. However, that will only make California more reliant on foreign countries. There’s a growing call for California […]

Finally! Some fuel economy common sense

Finally! Some fuel economy common sense

    By Paul Driessen Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) standards were devised back in 1975, amid anxiety over the OPEC oil embargo and supposedly imminent depletion of the world’s oil supplies.  But recall, barely 15 years after Edwin Drake drilled the first successful oil well in 1859, a Pennsylvania geologist was saying the United […]

Trump Administration Begins Process to Reopen 1.6 Million Acres in California to Oil Drilling and Fracking

Trump Administration Begins Process to Reopen 1.6 Million Acres in California to Oil Drilling and Fracking

Bakersfield, Calif. – The Trump Administration today launched a 30-day public comment period on the environmental and public health impacts of hydraulic fracking in central California. The move is the first step in a process that will decide whether to allow the controversial oil extraction technique across 1.6 million acres of federal public land and […]

Recovering Gaviota: A Generational Perspective on Oil Pollution and the Environment

Recovering Gaviota: A Generational Perspective on Oil Pollution and the Environment

    Words and Photos, by David Pu’u                                                                                                      “People protect what they love” Jacques Yves Cousteau “How can people protect something which they do not know?” Jean Michel Cousteau, 2013 These words are emblazoned in my consciousness permanently. I saw the related concepts illustrated dramatically within the context of the recent Gaviota oil spill. […]

New Study:  Ventura County Oil and Gas Industry Provides Enormous Value to Local Economy

New Study:  Ventura County Oil and Gas Industry Provides Enormous Value to Local Economy

Ventura, CA – A recent study by Capital Matrix Consulting reveals that oil and gas production in Ventura County contributes to the county’s economic and fiscal health due to abundant tax revenue, high-wage employment and consistent high production. Ventura County faces budget pressures due to unfunded pension liabilities, state mandates, and added costs related to […]

Ventura College Hosts Climate Action Summit

Ventura College Hosts Climate Action Summit

VENTURA, CA. – April 14, 2018 – Ventura College GeoSciences Department is thrilled to announce that as part of it’s 9th Annual Earth Week Celebration, they will be partnering with 350 Ventura County Climate Hub to host an informative Climate Action Summit to be held Tuesday, April 24, 6:30 – 8:30 PM in the Applied Sciences Building […]

Politicians must consider unintended consequences

Politicians must consider unintended consequences

    By Paul Driessen It’s become a recurring, frustrating pattern, as legislators and regulators ignore the immutable laws of unintended consequences, to drive political agendas or aid favored constituencies, while harming others. A good example is corporate average fuel economy (CAFÉ) standards on vehicles. Originally enacted in 1975 to offset the impacts of the […]

Our Next Energy and Security Crisis?

Our Next Energy and Security Crisis?

  by Paul Driessen Oil and natural gas aren’t just fuels. They supply building blocks for pharmaceuticals; plastics in vehicle bodies, athletic helmets, and numerous other products; and complex composites in solar panels and wind turbine blades and nacelles. The USA was importing 65% of its petroleum in 2005, creating serious national security concerns. But fracking […]

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