Plenty At Stake: Indicators of American Energy Insecurity

Posted by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R – Alaska)
United States Senator, State of Alaska
Ranking Member, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
September 25, 2014 at 7:05 AM Filed Under: Discussions, Legislation And Rule-Making

640px-Who_will_be_able_to_keep_the_lights_on?_(3049678841)As articulated in Energy 20/20, my blueprint for a new U.S. energy policy conversation, I believe there is a consensus that it is in our national interest to make energy abundant, affordable, clean, diverse and secure. In addressing these goals, too often affordability is ignored – despite the difficult choices increasing energy costs impose on Americans. In particular, low-income households are highly vulnerable to energy prices because energy bills make up a larger percentage of their living expenses. These families are energy insecure, defined as the inability to afford to maintain a home at … [read more]

What Should Our Policymakers Focus On?

Posted by OurEnergyPolicy.org
Administrator
OurEnergyPolicy.org
September 18, 2014 at 4:05 PM Filed Under: Critical Policy Issues, Discussions

As midterm elections quickly approach, questions and predictions continue about which energy issues will garner the most attention over the next two years from Congress and other policymakers and influencers. While some new topics have emerged to dominate energy headlines more recently, other issues, such as nuclear waste management, continue to be relevant. Please share your input on what topics require attention from our federal policymakers.

Which energy issue(s) would you most like to see addressed by federal policymakers within the next 12 months? (Choose up to 3)

  • Electric Grid Infrastructure
  • Power Plant Carbon Emissions
  • Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)
  • Crude
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Will There Be Sufficient Electricity?

Posted by Herschel Specter
President
RBR Consultants, Inc.
September 11, 2014 at 9:56 AM Filed Under: Discussions, Studies and Papers

Pylon_cable_riggers_dismantling_reelAn analysis has been made to determine if there would be enough electricity in the US by 2050 to support a carbon-free future to avoid the worst effects of climate change. Assuming that carbon capture and sequestration is not practical, a mix of nuclear and renewable energy power plants was examined.

Existing fossil power plants and nuclear plants represent 86% of the electricity that was produced in 2012. By 2050, to be carbon-free, all of these fossil plants would have to be phased out, while all present nuclear plants would have reached the end of their operating licenses. According to … [read more]

Time to Launch a U.S. National Energy Program as a Matter of National Security

Posted by Lawrence Klaus
Freelance projects of interest
Retired
August 28, 2014 at 7:30 AM Filed Under: Critical Policy Issues, Discussions

A National Energy Program (NEP) is proposed to achieve “equality” between U.S. oil consumption and production in a decade and position our nation for a sustainable energy future. Like the Apollo program, which was designed to win the Space Race with the Soviet Union, America’s NEP will also be implemented as a matter of national security.

According to the Department of Defense, “By 2030 the world will require 118 [million barrels per day] MBD; but may only be producing 100 MBD. The implications for future combat are ominous, if energy supplies cannot keep up with demand and should nations see … [read more]

Refueling the Future with Alcohol Fuels

Posted by Eyal Aronoff
Co-Founder
Fuel Freedom Foundation
August 22, 2014 at 2:56 PM Filed Under: Critical Policy Issues, Discussions

Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 2.54.07 PMThe lack of alternative energy sources to fuel our vehicles and replace expensive oil, jeopardizes U.S. national security, forces Americans to pay more at the pump, and greatly represses our ability to reduce pollution and address climate change concerns. In my state of California, 74% of all emissions – including CO2, toxic pollutants, ozone forming emissions and more – come from petroleum. Oil accounts for 65% of California’s GHG emissions, compared to 33% from natural gas, and less than 2% from coal. Meanwhile, each year, the U.S. spends more than $600 billion to buy oil and oil products, which is … [read more]

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