US Oil Rail Accidents Make Case for Pipelines

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In the absence of pipelines, US oil producers transport their wares on about 200 train lines that accommodate oil trains of up to 100 tank cars. Unfortunately, this mode of transportation can be dangerous, as is evidenced by the recent spike in rail accidents involving oil trains — since last March, there have been at least …

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When Is Enforcement Effective?

On a January day when freezing temperatures outside did nothing to cool the heated rhetoric of Congress, a group of former regulators gathered on Capitol Hill for a pragmatic, nonpartisan discussion of how to best enforce the vast array of government laws and regulations. The timely event, moderated by former Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln, was …

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The Best (Or Worst) Laid Airline Plans

Monday’s merger of American Airlines with U.S. Airways, the Nation’s No. 3 and No. 5 carriers respectively, means the new 100,000-employee American, has literally, overnight, become the world’s largest airline company. For now, the new American will still operate as two distinct companies as the integration of U.S. Air with American will take nearly a …

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Should President Obama approve or deny a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline?

Unequivocally, Yes. Keystone XL is undoubtedly the most scrutinized pipeline project in history. Five studies in five years all concluded there would be no significant adverse impacts on the environment. With that conclusion, approving Keystone “North” would be a logical component for the President’s all-of-the above energy strategy, as we utilize our Nation’s abundant energy …

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How Safe and Reliable is America’s Electric Grid?

Overall, the nation’s electric grid is both safe and reliable. However, as recent events (the storms, the attacks, etc.) have shown it is not impervious to significant disruption. While it would obviously be impractical to station an armed guard next to every transformer, an expansion of video and “smart” surveillance of facilities is needed.  Direct …

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