Answering Aunt Edna

Energy Prices, Advocacy Training, Elections and More

Rising energy costs have posed hardships for so many Americans, from higher prices at the pump to increased rates for natural gas, heating, and electricity. Global demand has been rebounding since the start of the pandemic and the supply of crude to meet that increased demand has been tight. Global conflicts have also compounded that tight supply. We want to make sure you have the facts when asked about the role both Chevron and the energy industry at large are playing as these rapidly changing events unfold.

Tax Facts One-Pager

The U.S. tax code is complex, but at its core is a framework providing all companies – regardless of economic sector – a level playing field that incentivizes them to invest, build, and expand their business to support local job growth.

Get The Tax Facts

With recent proposals to raises taxes on our industry currently circulating in Congress, it is important members of the Chevron Advocacy Network are up to date on how this could impact Chevron, our industry and our economic future.

Accomplishing the Energy Transition Together

This last year has been a year of immense change, but Chevron’s continued commitment to progressing our energy transition strategy and actions is one area that remains unchanged. At Chevron, we believe the future of energy is lower-carbon.

The Federal Leasing Moratorium: What We Know

Recently, two executive actions were issued that are directly relevant to energy development on federal lands, Secretarial Order 3395 and Executive Order (Sec 208). Read more, to find out how these executive actions impact Chevron and our industry.

Chevron Advocacy Network Newsletter - February 2021

Last year, the Chevron Advocacy Network (CAN) made the important decision to transform our “Aunt Edna” blog series to reflect the modern communications landscape and launched Together We CAN. Through this new platform, we created a space where all employees are encouraged to join the conversation about the importance of American energy and ask questions about how Chevron is adapting to the increased demand for reliable, affordable, and ever-cleaner energy.

What's the Census all About?

As a member of the Chevron Advocacy Network, we know you recognize the importance of civic engagement, such as voting and advocating for your community. This year we all have an especially important form of civic engagement to perform: the U.S. Census.

What are Severance Taxes?

Lately Aunt Edna has been hearing a lot about taxes, specifically accusations that the oil and natural gas industry does not pay its fair share to states where operations take place. Before she hastily makes accusations, she asks you to share the facts.

How is Chevron managing methane?

Methane is the primary component of natural gas. Natural gas is the cleanest burning conventional fuel, producing lower levels of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than other fossil fuels.

Answering Aunt Edna: One Pagers

They're here by popular demand! Mobile friendly, printable one-page handouts of Aunt Edna's best questions and Chevron's answers

Retail Stations

Am I just supporting big business every time I fill up? Does anybody else benefit when I buy gas?

What does ‘offshore’ actually mean?

The topic of offshore exploration and production (E&P) has been in the news a lot lately and Aunt Edna wants to know details.

Why aren’t we all driving electric vehicles?

Aunt Edna is hearing a lot about “zero-emission” cars lately and wants to know why many people still choose to drive gasoline-fueled cars. She also asks you about Chevron’s take on these vehicles and their impact on reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Here’s how you can explain EVs.

Why don’t natural gas operators pay their fair share?

The Pennsylvania governor’s race will heat up between now and November, and one of the candidates keeps talking about a severance tax. Aunt Edna asks you, “why don’t natural gas operators pay their fair share?” Here’s how to set the record straight.

What goes into the cost of a gallon of fuel?

Prices at the pump are inching up, and Aunt Edna wants to know – “What goes into the cost of a gallon of fuel?”

Chevron Gasoline, Refineries and Retail Stations

Let’s start with this common question… are all gasolines the same? Chevron and Texaco gasolines contain Techron, an additive technology developed at our Richmond Technology Center.

How is water used in the energy industry?

How does Chevron uses water in its own operations? Does Chevron do anything to reduce water use?

Natural Disasters and the Oil & Gas Industry

How does the oil and natural gas industry prepares for and recover from natural disasters?

What are the Benefits of Natural Gas?

Why is natural gas good for the environment? Why is natural gas good for the economy?

Who Owns Big Oil?

Who owns “Big Oil”? Aren’t people getting out of oil stocks?

What's the Census all About?

As a member of the Chevron Advocacy Network, we know you recognize the importance of civic engagement, such as voting and advocating for your community. This year we all have an especially important form of civic engagement to perform: the U.S. Census.

Near-zero emissions natural gas trucks reduce emissions linked to climate change

2/19/2020 | The Sun-Gazette— TULARE – Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), officials from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District and Western Milling, one of the largest and most diverse manufacturers and suppliers of nutrient solutions for plants, animals, and people in the U.S., unveiled the first of a planned 30 new ultra-low emissions trucks the company will deploy at its operation in Goshen, Calif.

Chevron invests in carbon capture technology company

2/18/2020 | Houston Chronicle—Through its startup technology arm, Chevron is joining two other firms in investing in Carbon Clean Solutions, which provides portable carbon capture technology for the oil field and other industrial facilities.

Who Wants Fracking in Their Backyard?

2/10/2020 | Resources— In the fall of 2018, Colorado voters decided whether new or modified oil and gas wells should be set back 2,500 feet from homes, schools, streams, and other human developments or environmental features.

Natural Gas to Drive 40 Percent of 2020 US Electricity

2/5/2020 | Rigzone— Since 2008, the shale revolution has boomed U.S. natural gas production 60 percent to 95 Bcf/d. Long high and volatile, gas prices have become low and stable in the “shale-era.”

Study: Fracking Ban Would Cost Texas 3.2 Million Jobs

1/27/2020 | The Center Square— Texas' economy could suffer a severe blow if a ban on hydraulic fracturing were enacted, as some of the leading Democratic candidates for president have proposed, according to a study published by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Energy Institute.

Significance of Shale’s First Decade Cannot be Overstated

1/27/2020 | World Oil Magazine—The incredible transformation in the world energy landscape during recent years has been, in no small part, brought about by the U.S. shale revolution. The abundant oil and natural gas unlocked by horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing has enabled the U.S. to become “the undisputed leader of oil and gas production worldwide” (IEA), and the past decade’s momentum is predicted to continue.

How the Oil Production Boom Has Benefited America

1/22/2020 | The Daily Signal— “We can’t just drill our way out of the problem.” That was the oft-repeated phrase of President Barack Obama, who throughout his presidency argued that the key to beating higher gasoline prices was to subsidize alternative energies, such as solar and wind.

Wind Energy On Track To Surpass Coal Power In Texas

01/13/2020 | Houston Public Media— New data from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) shows power generated from wind nearly caught up to that from coal in 2019. Both now make up about 20% of the state’s energy mix, with wind just 0.3 percentage points below coal.

New York Won’t Appeal Its Defeat in Exxon Climate Trial

01/11/2020 | Yahoo! New York won’t appeal a ruling by a judge who rejected the state’s claim that Exxon Mobil Corp. misled investors for years about the oil giant’s internal planning for risks associated with climate change.