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Vehicle standards around the world aim to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions

“Nine countries and regions, which together account for 75% of global fuel consumption by light-duty vehicles, have adopted mandatory or voluntary standards for increasing fuel economy and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The intent and structure of these emissions policies vary widely around the world. Because fuel economy and GHG emissions policies have large effectsContinue Reading

McKinsey Quarterly 2015 Number 3

“Introduces McKinsey’s metric for a company’s digital maturity: the Digital Quotient. Also examines a new approach to business-model innovation, simple rules for breakthrough ideas, and a guide to machine learning.” Issue contents: Digital Quotient •    Raising your Digital Quotient •    An executive’s guide to machine learning •    Repelling the cyberattackers •    Getting a sharper pictureContinue Reading

Coal Waste in America

Sierra Club – Dumping Toxic Waste: “Every year, the nation’s coal plants produce 140 million tons of coal ash pollution, the toxic by-product that is left over after the coal is burned. All that ash has to go somewhere, so it’s dumped in the backyards of power plants across the nation—into open-air pits and precariousContinue Reading

Qatar Country Analysis Brief – Energy

EIA: “Qatar is the largest exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the world, and the country’s exports of LNG, crude oil, and petroleum products provide a significant portion of government revenues. Like many of its neighbors, Qatar relies on its energy sector to support its economy. According to the Qatar National Bank (QNB), Qatar’sContinue Reading

World Bank Revises Down Forecasts for Oil Prices, Other Key Commodities

“In its latest commodity update, the World Bank is lowering its 2015 forecast for crude oil prices from $57 per barrel in its July report to $52 per barrel. The revised forecast reflects a further slowing in global economic performance, high current oil inventories, and expectations that Iranian oil exports will rise after the lifting of international sanctions, according toContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Critical Infrastructure Protection, Drug Control, Indian Energy, Post 9/11 GI Bill, Unaccompanied Alien Children

Critical Infrastructure Protection: Cybersecurity of the Nation’s Electricity Grid Requires Continued Attention, GAO-16-174T: Published: Oct 21, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 21, 2015. Drug Control: Additional Performance Information Is Needed to Oversee the National Guard’s State Counterdrug Program, GAO-16-133: Published: Oct 21, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 21, 2015. Indian Energy Development: Actions Needed to Address BIAContinue Reading

CRS – The Internet of Things: Frequently Asked Questions

CRS – The Internet of Things: Frequently Asked Questions – Eric A. Fischer, Senior Specialist in Science and Technology. October 13, 2015. “Internet of Things” (IoT) refers to networks of objects that communicate with other objects and with computers through the Internet. “Things” may include virtually any object for which remote communication, data collection, orContinue Reading

GAO Reports -Defense Additive Manufacturing, Federal Real Property, School Nutrition, Sole Source Contracting, Department of Energy

Defense Additive Manufacturing: DOD Needs to Systematically Track Department-wide 3D Printing Efforts, GAO-16-56: Published: Oct 14, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 14, 2015. Federal Real Property: Performance Goals and Targets Needed to Help Stem GSA’s Reliance on Lease Extensions and Holdovers, GAO-15-741: Published: Sep 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 14, 2015. School Nutrition: USDA Has EffortsContinue Reading

2012 Economic Census Geographic Area Series Complete: Utilities Sector

“The 2012 Economic Census concludes the Geographic Area Series for the utilities sector.  The utilities sector includes establishments primarily engaged in electric power generation, transmission and distribution; natural gas distribution; and water, sewage, and other systems. Geographic Area Series data are presented for the nation, states, combined statistical areas, metropolitan statistical areas, counties and economic places. The Geographic Area Series provides detailedContinue Reading

Nuclear-Radiological Incident Public Affairs Guidance

Via Secrecy News: Nuclear-Radiological Incident Public Affairs (PA) Guidance, DoD Instruction 5230.16, October 6, 2015. “PURPOSE.  This instruction reissues DoD Directive 5230.16 (Reference (a)) as a DoD  instruction, in accordance with the authority in DoD Directive 5122.05 (Reference (b)), to establish policy and assign responsibilities for the prompt release of information to the public in theContinue Reading

Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress

CRS – Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress. Ronald O’Rourke, Coordinator Specialist in Naval Affairs, October 2, 2015. “The diminishment of Arctic sea ice has led to increased human activities in the Arctic, and has  heightened interest in, and concerns about, the region’s future. The United States, by virtue of Alaska, is an Arctic country and hasContinue Reading

Short Term Energy and Winter Fuels Outlook

“EIA projects average U.S. household expenditures for natural gas, heating oil, and propane during the upcoming winter heating season (October 1 through March 31) will be 10%, 25%, and 18% lower, respectively, than last winter, because of lower fuel prices and lower heating demand. Forecast lower heating demand and relatively unchanged prices contribute to electricityContinue Reading