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BP Deep Water Horizon Settlement of 18.7B to states is tax deductible and spread over 18 years

WSJ blog: “BP PLC agreed Thursday to pay $18.7 billion to settle federal and state claims over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The penalty includes the biggest pollution fine in U.S. history. Here’s what you should know…”

GAO Reports – VA Disability Benefits, Navy Working Capital Fund, Electricity, Federal Transit Benefits, Medicaid, Youth Athletes

Veterans’ Disability Benefits: VA Can Better Ensure Unemployability Decisions Are Well Supported, GAO-15-464: Published: Jun 2, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 2, 2015. Navy Working Capital Fund: Budgeting for Carryover at Fleet Readiness Centers Could Be Improved, GAO-15-462: Published: Jun 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 2015. Electricity: Generation Mix Has Shifted, and Growth in ConsumptionContinue Reading

EIA expands geographic coverage of natural gas production

“Beginning this week, EIA is expanding its reporting of monthly natural gas production by 10 additional states. The addition of these states—Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah, and West Virginia—significantly enhances EIA’s monthly coverage, which was previously limited to Alaska, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming, and the federal Gulf ofContinue Reading

Report: Solar energy benefits vastly outweigh costs

Environment New York – “Households and businesses with solar panels deliver greater benefits than they receive through programs like net metering, a report said today, countering increasing complaints from utilities that solar homeowners don’t pay their fair share. “While some utilities claim they’re subsidizing solar panel owners, our report shows the opposite is probably true,” said Heather Leibowitz,Continue Reading

Paper – China’s Growing Energy Demand: Implications for the US

Working Paper Series – Congressional Budget Office Washington, DC. China’s Growing Energy Demand: Implications for the United States. Andrew Stocking Formerly an employee of the Congressional Budget Office; Terry Dinan, Congressional Budget Office. June 2015. Working Paper 2015-05. “Growing rapidly in recent decades, China’s demand for energy has nearly doubled since 2005—making China the world’sContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Electricity, Federal Transit Benefit Program, Medicaid, Youth Athletes

Electricity: Generation Mix Has Shifted, and Growth in Consumption Has Slowed, Affecting System Operations and Prices, GAO-15-524: Published: May 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2015. Federal Transit Benefit Program: DOT’s Debit-Card Internal Controls Are Designed to Be Consistent with Federal Standards, GAO-15-497: Published: May 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2015. Medicaid: Service UtilizationContinue Reading

Independent report for G7 on climate change risks

“A New Climate for Peace: Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks”, an independent report commissioned by members of the G7, identifies seven compound climate-fragility risks that pose serious threats to the stability of states and societies in the decades ahead. Based on a thorough assessment of existing policies on climate change adaptation, development cooperationContinue Reading

The Board’s Responsibility for Crisis Governance

Trautman, Lawrence J., The Board’s Responsibility for Crisis Governance (June 26, 2015). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2623219 “A clear strategy and implementation plan for reasonably foreseeable industry disasters — before they take place, helps to prevent mistakes made under conditions of severe stress. Low probability but survival-threatening disasters such as the BP Gulf ofContinue Reading

Environmental Monitoring and Ecosystem Management in Oil Sands

Olszynski, Martin, Environmental Monitoring and Ecosystem Management in the Oil Sands: Spaceship Earth or Escort Tugboat? (June 22, 2015). McGill International Journal of Sustainable Development Law & Policy, Vol. 10, No. 1, 2014. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2621795 “Spurred on by mounting international concern about the environmental impacts of the oil sands and determined toContinue Reading

EIA Syria Country Analysis Brief

“Syria’s energy sector is in turmoil because of the ongoing civil conflict that began in the spring of 2011, with oil and natural gas production declining dramatically since then. Syria’s energy sector has encountered a number of challenges as a result of conflict and subsequent sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union. DamageContinue Reading

Cleanup Solution for Massive Ocean Plastic Problem

“About 8 million tons of plastic enters the ocean each year (Jambeck et al., 2015). Part of this accumulates in 5 areas where currents converge: the gyres. At least 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic are currently in the oceans (Eriksen et al., 2014), a third of which is concentrated in the infamous Great Pacific GarbageContinue Reading

Cybersecurity Issues for the Bulk Power System

CRS – Cybersecurity Issues for the Bulk Power System, Richard J. Campbell, Specialist in Energy Policy. June 10, 2015. “In the United States, it is generally taken for granted that the electricity needed to power the U.S. economy is available on demand and will always be available to power our machines and devices. However, inContinue Reading