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Total U.S. energy production increases for sixth consecutive year

EIA Report – April 18, 2016: “Total U.S. energy production increased for the sixth consecutive year. According to data in EIA’s most recent Monthly Energy Review, energy production reached a record 89 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu), equivalent to 91% of total U.S. energy consumption. Liquid fuels production drove the increase, with an 8% increaseContinue Reading

WSJ graphic – how much does it cos to produce a barrel of oil?

Barrel Breakdown – The cost of producing a barrel of oil and gas varies widely across the world, setting up winners and losers as the price of crude fluctuates at historically low levels. See also via New York Times – Major Oil Exporters Fail to Agree on Production Freeze – “A freeze would have involvedContinue Reading

Aerial Surveys of Elevated Hydrocarbon Emissions from Oil and Gas Production Sites

Aerial Surveys of Elevated Hydrocarbon Emissions from Oil and Gas Production Sites Environ. Sci. Technol., Article ASAP. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b00705 Publication Date (Web): April 05, 2016. Copyright © 2016 American Chemical Society Abstract – “Oil and gas (O&G) well pads with high hydrocarbon emission rates may disproportionally contribute to total methane and volatile organic compound (VOC)Continue Reading

Decoupling of global emissions and economic growth confirmed

“International Energy Analysis [IEA] analysis shows energy-related emissions of CO2 stalled for the second year in a row as renewable energy surged. Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) – the largest source of man-made greenhouse gas emissions – stayed flat for the second year in a row, according to analysis of preliminary data for 2015 released [MarchContinue Reading

U.S. Carbon Dioxide Emission Trends and the Role of the Clean Power Plan

CRS report via FAS – U.S. Carbon Dioxide Emission Trends and the Role of the Clean Power Plan, Jonathan L. Ramseur, Specialist in Environmental Policy. April 11, 2016. “Recent international negotiations and domestic policy developments have generated interest in current and projected U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emission levels. GHG emissions are generated throughout the UnitedContinue Reading

Analytic Research Foundations for the Next-Generation Electric Grid

“Electricity is the lifeblood of modern society, and for the vast majority of people that electricity is obtained from large, interconnected power grids. However, the grid that was developed in the 20th century, and the incremental improvements made since then, including its underlying analytic foundations, is no longer adequate to completely meet the needs ofContinue Reading

GAO Reports – DOE Laboratory-Directed Research, KC-46 Tanker Aircraft, Architect of the Capitol, Cloud Computing, IRS

Federal Research: Information on DOE’s Laboratory-Directed Research and Development Program, GAO-16-486R: Published: Apr 8, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 8, 2016. KC-46 Tanker Aircraft: Challenging Testing andDelivery Schedules Lie Ahead, GAO-16-346: Published: Apr 8, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 8, 2016. Architect of the Capitol: Contracting Function Generally Follows Key Practices, but Certain Improvements Are Needed, GAO-16-348:Continue Reading

24/7 Wall Street – The Healthiest County in Every State

The Healthiest County in Every State By Thomas C. Frohlich and Evan Comen April 7, 2016. “Governments, individuals, and corporations spend an enormous amount of time and money to keep Americans healthy. Investments in anything from medical research, health care, insurance, nutritional programs, and exercise facilities is meant to improve residents’ health and well-being. SuchContinue Reading

White House Fact Sheet: What Climate Change Means for Your Health and Family

Via the White House: “Today, delivering on another commitment in the President’s Climate Action Plan, the Obama Administration released a new final report called The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment, which significantly advances what we know about the impacts of climate change on public health, andContinue Reading

Report – Clean Jobs America

Via Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) – Clean Jobs America – A comprehensive analysis of clean energy jobs in America. “In a comprehensive analysis of clean energy and clean transportation jobs, Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) has found that more than 2.5 million Americans now work in clean energy at businesses across all 50 states. These are workers whoContinue Reading

The Environmental Cost of Global Fuel Subsidies

Davis, Lucas W., The Environmental Cost of Global Fuel Subsidies (March 2016). NBER Working Paper No. w22105. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2752310 “Despite increasing calls for reform many countries continue to provide subsidies for gasoline and diesel. This paper quantifies the external costs of global fuel subsidies using the latest available data and estimates from theContinue Reading

Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Lending: Revised Comptroller’s Handbook Booklet

News release: “The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued today the “Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Lending” booklet of the Comptroller’s Handbook. This revised booklet replaces the “Oil and Gas Production Lending” booklet issued in April 2014. This booklet provides updated guidance to examiners on the risks inherent in lending toContinue Reading