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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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American Perspectives on Energy Efficiency

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
Administrator
OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: May 9, 2014 at 1:38 PM

On April 30th, OurEnergyPolicy.org and The University of Texas at Austin co-hosted “American Perspectives on Energy Efficiency,” a panel discussion about energy efficiency at The National Press Club. The panel of thought-leaders provided insight into energy efficiency policy issues and explored the results of two recent sister surveys that reveal Americans’ and energy professionals’ perspectives on energy efficiency. Please see below for an abridged version of the transcript and a full video recording of the event. You can view or download the full transcript here. Opening remarks: Bill Squadron, President, OurEnergyPolicy.org Presentation of survey results: Sheril Kirshenbaum, Director of The… [more]

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Tariffs Threaten the U.S. Solar Industry

Author(s): Jigar Shah
President
Jigar Shah Consulting
Date: May 1, 2014 at 7:30 AM

SolarWorld, a German-based manufacturer, has introduced a petition with the International Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce seeking to impose additional antidumping (AD) and countervailing (CVD) duties on imports of solar products from China and Taiwan. Interestingly, the petition aims to relieve U.S. solar panel manufacturing companies from imports that are sold in the U.S. at less than fair value (“dumped”) or allegedly benefit from subsidies in China or Taiwan. However, the petition could increase material costs and have significant impacts on the broader U.S. solar industry. The U.S. solar industry grew ten times faster than national job… [more]

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Hydropower: The Silent and Aging Renewable

Author(s): Nate Sandvig
President
Clean Energy Development, LLC
Date: April 28, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Often termed the country’s “silent renewable,” hydropower is the nation’s largest renewable electricity resource, providing 7% of total generation. Hydropower’s many supporters – 81% of U.S. voters favor maintaining existing hydro, according to a recent National Hydropower Association poll – value its low-cost, reliability and ability to integrate intermittent renewable resources.  Critics argue that hydropower is not environmentally-friendly and, if included in state Renewable Portfolio Standards, will reduce the growth of renewables like wind and solar power. Historically, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation built the vast majority of major federal dams with integrated hydroelectric… [more]

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Where Can Environmental Policies Enable Efficiency and Profits?

Author(s): Congressman Alan Lowenthal (D-CA)
Member
U.S. House of Representatives
Date: April 24, 2014 at 8:00 AM

When we think of environmental policies that impact business, we don’t often think of increased profits. Too often the private sector is positioned at odds with efforts to address environmental issues through state and federal legislation. But alternatives to this false dichotomy exist and it’s important that we identify and act on these opportunities. As an example, let me point to the adjacent ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, which together make up the busiest container port complex in the Western Hemisphere. Last year, the ports moved the equivalent of nearly 15 million 20-foot-long containers. The ports contribute well… [more]

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The New Geopolitics of Petroleum and Natural Gas: How Will the Tight Oil Boom Affect the Prospects for Arctic and Ultra-Deepwater Oil Development?

Author(s): David Rosner
Associate Director for Energy Security
Bipartisan Policy Center
Date: April 17, 2014 at 9:00 AM

OurEnergyPolicy.org has partnered with the Bipartisan Policy Center for Navigating the Oil Frontier: The Implications of the Tight Oil Boom on Arctic and Ultra-Deepwater Oil Development, to be held Monday April 21st at the Washington Court Hotel. This discussion is a digital extension of that event. With the onset of the U.S. tight oil boom, the growth of Canadian oil sands production, and the prospects for expanded Mexican oil production, expectations about future oil supply have shifted from traditional OPEC oil producers to countries whose oil production had previously been declining.  The reduction of Arctic ice and development of deep-water… [more]

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Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment

Author(s): Michael Spiak
Program Manager
OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: April 11, 2014 at 5:02 PM

WCEE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan, policy-neutral organization that focuses on women, energy and the environment. Founded in 1981, WCEE provides educational and networking opportunities for Washington-area professionals in the energy and environmental fields. Central to its mission is its commitment to provide consistently high-quality forums, mentoring and professional development opportunities and innovative information of relevance to its members. WCEE’s programs and events are made possible by its sponsoring organizations and substantial membership base.

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Lux Research

Author(s): Michael Spiak
Program Manager
OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 4:54 PM

Lux Research provides strategic advice and ongoing intelligence for emerging technologies. Leaders in business, finance and government rely on us to help them make informed strategic decisions. Through our unique research approach focused on primary research and our extensive global network, we deliver insight, connections and competitive advantage to our clients. Visit www.luxresearchinc.com for more information.

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Is The Strategic Petroleum Reserve A Solution To The Crisis in Ukraine?

Author(s): Vikram Rao
Executive Director
Research Triangle Energy Consortium
Date: April 9, 2014 at 9:36 AM

George Soros was recently quoted as suggesting that the US use the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) as a deterrent to Russian aggression in Ukraine.  I thought we could examine the validity of that premise. The SPR, an emergency supply of oil maintained by the United States, is currently near capacity at about 700 million barrels. In our new world driven by shale oil,  a supply disruption would require tapping SPR help for a much shorter period than was envisioned when the SPR’s capacity was designed. Oil represents more than half of all Russian budget revenues and 30% of Russia’s GDP.… [more]

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American Energy Society

Author(s): Michael Spiak
Program Manager
OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: April 7, 2014 at 2:57 PM

The American Energy Society is an exclusive professional network for energy.  The core of the American Energy Society consists of expert academic faculty and professional staff at national laboratories, policy-makers, investors, industrial affiliates, sponsors, patent and license services, and so on – which makes the American Energy Society the only comprehensive network for the entire energy sector.

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