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Energy security has been a primary concern of American foreign policy for decades and is always a key concern during election years. This year is no exception, though the combined impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, an oil price war, and massive economic shutdowns have created uncertainty for businesses, consumers, and industry. What’s crucial now, experts said at a digital panel hosted by The Hill, is to create a flexible policy framework that will allow for future recovery.

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The oil and natural gas industry can be its own worst enemy, but media outlets and the public would be more receptive if the industry would pro-actively disclose incidents and offer more education about operations, a panel told executives and employees this week.

With the Democratic National Convention underway, the party is solidifying its platform heading into the 2020 election that is creating a divide between anti-energy activists and state officials who recognize the importance of oil and gas to state economies.   This divide is particularly apparent in the West where state governors can see firsthand the impacts of fracking bans and federal leasing restrictions. 

Energy Department Secretary Dan Brouillette said there’s no need for duplicative federal permitting for critical infrastructure projects and remains optimistic about American energy production despite a global pandemic and galvanized anti-fossil fuel activism domestically.

By picking U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D, Cal.) as his vice-presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden is setting up a fight over fracking and the Green New Deal with western lawmakers.

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In the backrooms of Washington’s corridors, it may not always be clear who has a seat at the table. But when major policy proposals are rolled out the evidence starts to emerge in the details–even the footnoted references.

In a ceremony held at the White House on Tuesday, President Trump signed the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA), enacting one of the largest investments in public lands in American history.

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