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Drilling in the Arctic

July 28, 2015
In June, Shell kicked off its controversial Arctic program to conduct exploratory operations in the Chukchi Sea and the Arctic Ocean. Shell plans to drill two wells beginning in August...
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Methane Emission Reductions: An Industry Success Story

July 20, 2015
The Obama administration recently announced forthcoming standards for methane emissions from new and modified oil and gas production sources, despite saying “voluntary efforts to reduce emissions in a comprehensive and...
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Increasing U.S. Energy Security and Reducing Greenhouse Gases in the Transportation Sector: Electricity vs. Biofuels

July 14, 2015
U. S. renewable fuel policy has two primary objectives: 1) to reduce petroleum imports, increasing energy security and 2) to reduce greenhouse gas generation in the transportation sector. In this...
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Tax Pollution, Not Profits

July 7, 2015
Climate change is a threat to our environment and our economy, and we cannot afford the risk of inaction. With our free market economy, the best solution is a simple,...
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Loss and Damage under the UNFCCC

June 29, 2015
The focus of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) originally was the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, as well as emissions associated with land-use change and forestry....
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Examining an Energy Storage Standard

June 23, 2015
The Energy Storage Promotion and Deployment Act of 2015, recently introduced by Sen. Marin Heinrich (D-NM) and Sen. Angus King (I-ME), seeks to create a National Energy Storage Standard. Similar...
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Preparing the Next Generation of Energy Leaders

June 16, 2015
What determines the cost of a ton of coal? Is OPEC an oligopoly? Should we subsidize low-carbon energy or tax fossil fuels? Do Prius owners drive more? These are among the...
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Energy Transformation: Finding Policy and Finance Solutions

June 10, 2015
We hear about the promise of transforming America’s infrastructure every day. But if we’re going to capitalize on that promise, we need to reverse the 20-year trend of underinvestment in energy...
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Will Demand for Oil Peak by 2035?

June 2, 2015
Many are familiar with peak oil theory -- the idea that global oil production will hit a ceiling and then decline -- yet the concept of peak oil demand, where...
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Getting Past Rate Fixation to the Benefits of the Clean Power Plan

May 27, 2015
Making use of energy efficiency can help contain the cost of complying with the EPA’s Clean Power Plan and reduce electricity bills. Yet as climate policy discussions try to balance...
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