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Three Mile Island: The End of an Era?

Author(s): Dr. Andrew C. Kadak
President
Kadak Associates, Inc.
Date: June 19, 2017 at 11:18 AM

If climate change is considered a real concern by most government officials, why are policy makers and politicians not acting to keep reliably operational nuclear plants from being prematurely shutdown? As most know, nuclear generating plants produce essentially zero carbon dioxide and other climate altering gases. Once the United States had 104 operating nuclear plants producing over 60% of the nation’s clean energy. Today that number is down to 99. Nuclear plants used to generate about 20% of the electricity consumed. Today it is about 17% and declining. The most recently announced shutdown was the Three Mile Island Unit 1… [more]

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Hydraulic Fracturing and Water Resources: Separating the Frack from the Fiction

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: April 6, 2016 at 3:42 PM

Full Title: Hydraulic Fracturing and Water Resources: Separating the Frack from the Fiction Author(s): Heather Cooley and Kristina Donnelly Publisher(s): The Pacific Institute Publication Date: Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): Natural gas has been touted by some as a key “bridge fuel” that will transition the United States toward a more low-carbon energy economy. Energy analysts, including the United States Energy Information Administration (U.S. EIA), project that the United States will become increasingly reliant on natural gas. According to U.S. EIA estimates released in January 2012, natural gas production is projected to increase by nearly 30% over the next… [more]

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Energy Supply Security: Emergency Response of IEA Countries, 2014

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: April 22, 2015 at 3:13 PM

Full Title: Energy Supply Security: Emergency Response of IEA Countries, 2014 Author(s): International Energy Agency (IEA) Publisher(s): International Energy Agency (IEA) Publication Date: 2014 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): The International Energy Agency (IEA) was created in 1974 with a membership of 16 OECD member countries. Its primary mandate was to implement the International Energy Program (I.E.P.), a joint strategy to address oil security issues on an international scale. The programme was a response to the international oil disruption of 1973 and to the wide-ranging macroeconomic problems it generated. Considerable changes have taken place in the energy world in the… [more]

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Fracking on Federal Lands

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: April 14, 2015 at 12:00 PM

On March 20th, following a lengthy public review process, Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell unveiled new federal regulations for hydraulic fracturing on federal lands. According to the Department of Interior, these new standards are designed to (1) improve safety, (2) protect groundwater by updating requirements for well-bore integrity, (3) ensure wastewater is disposed of properly and (4) require public disclosure by companies of chemicals. The regulations will go into effect on June 24th, 2015. The fracking boom put the U.S. on track to be a leading producer of oil and gas, yet most of the production has taken place on… [more]

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EPA’s Methane Rule Comes Up Short

Author(s): Dr. Robert Howarth
The David R. Atkinson Professor of Ecology & Environmental Biology
Cornell University
Date: March 10, 2015 at 9:15 AM

The EPA recently announced new regulations for methane emissions, taking an important first step in reducing the impact of this highly potent greenhouse gas (GHG). But the rule falls short, in part because EPA has systematically underestimated methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. Emissions from conventional natural gas are likely to be at least 2- to 3-fold greater than the EPA estimates, according to several recent studies. Recent literature also suggests emissions from shale gas may be twice as much greater still, based on an observed large increase in methane in the atmosphere over recent years, with the… [more]

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Refueling the Future with Alcohol Fuels

Author(s): Eyal Aronoff
Co-Founder
Fuel Freedom Foundation
Date: August 22, 2014 at 2:56 PM

The 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… [more]

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Can Shale Gas Limit Air Pollution?

Author(s): Richard Muller
Professor of Physics
University of Califoria at Berkeley
Date: May 15, 2014 at 7:15 AM

Some oppose shale gas because it is a fossil fuel, a source of carbon dioxide. Some are concerned by accounts of the fresh water it needs, by flaming faucets, by leaked “fugitive methane”, by pollution of the ground with fracking fluid and by damaging earthquakes. Although I believe that global warming is real, caused by humans, and a threat to our future, these concerns about shale gas are either largely false or can be addressed by appropriate regulation such as the controversial but ultimately positive developments in Illinois. Shale gas can not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but also reduce a deadly pollution known… [more]

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What is the Economic Impact of the Domestic Oil and Natural Gas Boom?

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: January 14, 2014 at 12:50 PM

The boom in oil and gas production in the United States has largely been heralded as a strong economic stimulus for the economy. For example, in an August 2013 interview, McKinsey partner Scott Nyquist outlined huge economic returns through increases in capital investment and jobs in the manufacturing sector. “This is an exciting game changer for the US economy,” said Nyquist. “It can create jobs through investment in the energy sector itself and through the ripple effects in other parts of the economy. It will increase the overall GDP of the country, which will increase the overall wealth and well-being… [more]

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The Politics of “Fracking”: Regulating Natural Gas Drilling Practices in Colorado and Texas

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: July 19, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Full Title: The Politics of “Fracking”: Regulating Natural Gas Drilling Practices in Colorado and Texas Author(s): Charles Davis Publisher(s): Colorado State University Publication Date: 2/2012 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description: This paper focuses on the politics of regulating natural gas fracking operations in Colorado and Texas. Between state differences in the economic importance of natural gas production, political traditions, environmental impacts of drilling activities, and local governmental responses to risk reduction, and entrepreneurial activities are discussed in relation to policymaking initiatives. In the concluding section, this article suggest that Colorado’s regulatory approach offers a greater degree of environmental protection than Texas. Key reforms adopted in… [more]

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Research and Policy Recommendations for Hydraulic Fracturing and Shale‐Gas Extraction

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 1:31 PM

Full Title: Research and Policy Recommendations for Hydraulic Fracturing and Shale‐Gas Extraction Author(s): Robert B. Jackson, Brooks Rainey Pearson, Stephen G. Osborn, Nathaniel R. Warner, Avner Vengosh Publisher(s): Duke University Publication Date: 1/2011 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description: Based on the results of Osborn and colleagues and the need for greater knowledge of the environmental effects of shale-gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing, this paper offers six research recommendations to improve public confidence in shale‐gas extraction. The first four research recommendations address the presence of methane and other gases in drinking water and follow directly from the results of Osborn and colleagues. The fifth and sixth… [more]

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