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U.S. Energy Policy & International Accord

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: June 25, 2012 at 7:20 AM

The United Nation’s Rio +20 meeting wrapped last week, resulting in several hundred voluntary commitments from member countries and an ambitious vision for worldwide ‘sustainable development’ in the form of a declaration titled “The Future We Want.” Rio +20 and “The Future We Want” follow the UN’s recently-launched “Sustainable Energy for All” initiative, which aims to provide universal access to modern energy services, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency, and double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix by 2030. The importance of energy – specifically as a tool for poverty alleviation and resource/ecosystem conservation –… [more]

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Uncertain Fate for the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: June 21, 2012 at 10:39 AM

A House vote on H.R. 4480, the Strategic Energy Production Act of 2012, also being cited as the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act, has brought a veto threat from the White House and the introduction of 27 amendments from Representatives. The Congressional Research Service reports that the bill would direct the Secretary of Energy to develop a plan to increase the percentage of federal lands leased for oil and gas exploration, development, and production, and would require that additional federal land be put under production if the Strategic Petroleum Reserve is tapped. The bill also calls for a streamlining of the drill permitting… [more]

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What’s on the table at Rio+20?

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: June 20, 2012 at 7:34 AM

Rio+20, the global environmental conference organized by the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), will bring together national officials, civil society, and the private sector. They’ll discuss a wide range of environmental issues, focusing largely on environmental sustainability and poverty during the three day conference, which starts today. Observers expect clean energy, fossil fuel subsidies, and “energy poverty” to feature prominently in discussions on energy, which was identified by the UNCSD as one of seven “priority areas” of the summit.  Although Obama will not take part, Secretary Clinton, along with EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and Special Envoy for Climate… [more]

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Video: Experts discuss Gas Prices & National Security

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: June 19, 2012 at 7:49 AM

On Thursday, June 14th the bipartisan House Oil & National Security Caucus — co-chaired by Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) and Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) — and OurEnergyPolicy.org hosted a fantastic panel discussion called Gas Prices & National Security. The panelists included former Director of Central Intelligence R. James Woolsey, American Enterprise Institute scholar Kenneth P. Green, and Bloomberg Government energy analyst Rob Barnett. What do you make of the panelists arguments? What is the relationship between gasoline prices and national security? Are national security concerns sufficient grounds to rewire America’s liquid fuels infrastructure?

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Energy Policy in a Single Stroke?

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: June 18, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Activists and policy stakeholders often put forward a single policy action that, they argue, would have broad and beneficial cascading effects, essentially acting as a fix-all for America’s energy troubles. Examples of these include unfettered domestic oil and gas development (“drill, baby, drill”), a price on carbon, a flex-fuel mandate, a clean energy standard, etc. Last week, we asked what a comprehensive national energy policy might look like. Absent a comprehensive national energy policy, what single policy action, if enacted and implemented, would have the biggest impact on America’s energy landscape? What single policy action would improve America’s energy landscape most? What… [more]

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Expert Panel Discussion: Gas Prices & National Security

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: June 14, 2012 at 7:30 AM

Gasoline prices have fluctuated dramatically in recent months, due in large part to political and economic events around the globe, such as the conflict in Libya and economic sanctions against Iran. This interplay of domestic gasoline prices and international events calls into question the relationship of the gas prices consumers face and America’s national security. OurEnergyPolicy.org is hosting an expert panel discussion to answer these questions today, Thursday, June 14th. Find more information about our event here. How have national security and gasoline prices impacted each other historically? How might they in the future? Is the interaction of gas prices and… [more]

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Gas Shortfall Highlights LNG Export Debate

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: June 13, 2012 at 7:30 AM

New England is facing a potential shortage of liquid natural gas (LNG) after terrorist attacks on a Yemenese pipeline cancelled shipments to a Massachusetts terminal. Domestic gas could make up the shortfall, but a gas pipeline or export terminals would be needed. Currently, area power and gas companies are working to establish financing for construction of a pipeline expansion, and proposed LNG export facilities are being held up by DOE. New England’s electricity market is a complicating factor in pipeline negotiations. New pipeline capacity would require long-term contracts between suppliers and utilities, and inchoate gas and electric power market rules make it… [more]

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Court Hits Reset Button on Nuclear Waste Disposal

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: June 12, 2012 at 10:08 AM

A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals (D.C. Circuit) will require the U.S. to reevaluate the environmental impacts of disposal and storage of nuclear waste. The decision vacated the NRC’s Waste Confidence Decision Update and Temporary Storage Rule, which will essentially require the NRC to restart the process of evaluating the safety and potential consequences of producing, accumulating, and storing spent nuclear fuel. Explaining the decision, the Court writes that “the Commission’s evaluation of the risks of spent nuclear fuel is deficient in two ways: First, in concluding that permanent storage will be available ‘when necessary,’ the Commission… [more]

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Do We Need a National Energy Policy?

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: June 11, 2012 at 7:38 AM

Over the past several years individuals and organizations across the political spectrum have called for a comprehensive national energy policy. For example, the CEO of American Electric Power (AEP) recently called for a comprehensive, multi-decade policy, citing the power sector’s desire for regulatory certainty. “One of the biggest challenges [for AEP], certainly from a regulatory perspective,” he said, “[is that] regulations tend to change based upon what administration is in place. Really we do need an element of consistency there.” Robert Rapier, author of the R-Squared column at Consumer Energy Report, also supports the need for more stable energy policies.… [more]

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U.S. Eyes Arctic Energy

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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Date: June 7, 2012 at 12:35 PM

As Arctic ice recedes in the summer months, nations, including the U.S., are eying the region’s mineral and fossil fuel resources. The U.S. Geological Survey estimates that the Arctic holds 13 percent of the world’s undiscovered conventional oil and 30 percent of its undiscovered natural gas.  Secretary of State Hilary Clinton was in Tromso, Norway, last week telling reporters“A lot of countries are looking at what will be the potential for exploration and extraction of natural resources as well as new sea lanes,” but that it was important that countries “agree on ‘rules of the road’ in the Arctic so… [more]

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