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December 19, 2017 at 11:30 AM

The Tax Bill and Energy Policy


On Friday, GOP negotiators released their Conference Report (Report) reconciling House and Senate versions of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act. The bill would affect U.S. energy policy in several ways, impacting electric vehicles (EV), the clean energy industry, as well as oil & gas operations. Now that a deal is complete, two significant energy-related items, the Base Erosion Anti-Abuse Tax and the opportunity to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, are likely to become law very soon.

Base Erosion Anti-Abuse Tax:
To offset U.S. tax liability, multinational companies often make payments to overseas affiliates and also purchase …

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December 4, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Strategic Planning to Avert a Global Warming Catastrophe

by: Henry M. Goldberg

The United States and world are facing a crisis of enormous magnitude if the global warming problem is not addressed properly.  Every country in the world, except the current U.S. administration, supports the Paris climate agreement goal limiting the rise in global average surface temperature to 2°C (3.6°F).  The consequences of failure could be a catastrophic future: Flooding from rising sea levels, more severe hurricanes/heat waves/wildfires, crop failures and droughts, and greater stress on an already aging infrastructure.

Climate scientists generally agree carbon emissions should be reduced to near zero by mid-century to avert catastrophic climate change. But the voluntary …

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November 27, 2017 at 10:00 AM

A Democratic approach to energy: promote the interests of citizens, not industry

by: Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D - AZ)
Ranking Member - Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulations
U.S. House of Representatives

Donald Trump claims to have an “America First” energy plan. His administration’s actions over the past 10 months have made it clear that what he truly puts first are the interests of oil, gas and coal executives. Everyday Americans and our iconic American landscapes come last, if he considers them at all. Republicans used to label their policies “energy independence” and now call it “energy dominance,” but it looks more like the ransacking of our public lands and the fleecing of American taxpayers.

The public wants a smarter way forward – an energy strategy that prioritizes renewables, takes climate change …

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November 13, 2017 at 11:30 AM

Extreme Weather Grid Threats

by: Scott Sklar
The Stella Group, LTD

According to the Fourth National Climate Assessment, humans are the dominant cause of global temperature rise, which many believe is directly responsible for the increased intensity of extreme weather events. The assessment shows that extreme events have cost the U.S.more than $1.1 trillion since 1980, and also warns that “The frequency and intensity of extreme high temperature events are virtually certain to increase in the future as global temperature increases”. We have only to look to Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico where major hurricanes caused catastrophic damage to the electric grid creating heightened concern for resiliency. The inability to …

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November 6, 2017 at 10:30 AM

Greater Resilience in a Climate-Enhanced World

by: Stephan Dolezalek
Managing Director

Struck by fire and flood, first from two hurricanes enhanced by climate change, and then by heat and drought enhanced fires, our urge is to rapidly assist, fix and rebuild. A more thoughtful response should also address what exactly should be fixed, and how and where to rebuild in a more resilient fashion. For Houston, Florida, Puerto Rico, and Napa and Sonoma Counties, these are gut wrenching questions with few easy answers.

The typical and very human response — quick rebuilds — is attractive to construction companies looking for work and banks providing short-term construction loans. Politicians and communities like …

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