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EIA – Japan Country Analysis Brief

“Japan is the world’s largest liquefied natural gas importer, second-largest coal importer, and third-largest net importer of crude oil and oil products. Japan has limited domestic energy resources that have met less than 9% of the country’s total primary energy use since 2012, compared with about 20% before the removal of nuclear power following theContinue Reading

Navigating the US Oil Export Debate

Navigating the US Oil Export Debate. Trevor Houser and Jason Bordoff | January 16, 2015 “Recent innovations in the oil and gas sector have catalyzed a renaissance in US production and a dramatic turnaround in America’s international energy trade position. US crude oil production has increased from 5 million barrels per day (b/d) in late 2006 to 9 millionContinue Reading

Newly Launched NASA Satellite Will Monitor Western Drought

News release: “In one of the space agency’s bolder projects, a newly launched NASA satellite will monitor western drought and study the moisture, frozen and liquid in Earth’s soil. It’s true that a satellite can’t possibly fix the devastating drought that has been plaguing the American West for the last years. It is also trueContinue Reading

Severe droughts are forcing researchers to rethink how technology can increase the supply of fresh water.

MIT Technology Review – By David Talbot on December 16, 2014 “By 2025, an estimated 1.8 billion people will suffer from water scarcity. Even in drought-stricken California, San Diego stands out. It gets less rain than parched Los Angeles or Fresno. The region has less groundwater than many other parts of the state. And moreContinue Reading

Preparing for Carbon Pricing: Case Studies from Company Experience

Partnership for Market Readiness. 2015. Preparing for Carbon Pricing: Case Studies from Company Experience – Royal Dutch Shell, Rio Tinto, and Pacific Gas and Electric Company. World Bank, Washington, DC. © World Bank. License: CC BY 3.0 IGO. “This report covers case studies with three companies: Royal Dutch Shell, Rio Tinto, and Pacific GasContinue Reading

Currency depreciation against the dollar affects oil importers and exporters differently

EIA – “Widely traded futures contracts for North Sea Brent crude oil in global financial markets are typically priced in U.S. dollars (USD). The appreciation, or increase in value, of USD against most other currencies since last summer can either mitigate or exacerbate the effects of the recent sharp decline in USD-denominated crude oil prices,Continue Reading

NAP’s Guide to Science Issues and the State of the Union

“The 2015 State of the Union address focused on topics such as 21st century skills, climate change, and cybersecurity. The National Academies Press provides resources directly related to these national issues. A selection has been highlighted below. We’ve posted the full transcript of the President’s speech, annotated with lists of our related materials. Read our completeContinue Reading

The Financial Risk from Global Warming

Covington, Howard and Thamotheram, Raj, The Case for Forceful Stewardship (Part 1): The Financial Risk from Global Warming (January 19, 2015). Available for download at SSRN: “If it reaches 4° or more, global warming may cause severe economic damage with the consequence that a significant portion of the value of a diversified equity investmentContinue Reading

Administration Annnounces Actions to Cut Methane Emissions

FACT SHEET: Administration Takes Steps Forward on Climate Action Plan by Announcing Actions to Cut Methane Emissions – “The Obama Administration is committed to taking responsible steps to address climate change and help ensure a cleaner, more stable environment for future generations. As part of that effort, today, the Administration is announcing a new goalContinue Reading

EIA Kazakhstan Country Analysis Brief

“Kazakhstan, an oil producer since 1911, has the second-largest oil reserves as well as the second-largest oil production among the former Soviet republics after Russia. Kazakhstan is a major oil producer. The country’s estimated total petroleum and other liquids production was 1.70 million barrels per day (bbl/d) in 2014. The key to its continued growth inContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Environmental Litigation, Iranian Commercial Activities Update

Environmental Litigation: Impact of Deadline Suits on EPA’s Rulemaking Is Limited, GAO-15-34: Published: Dec 15, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 14, 2015. Iranian Commercial Activities Update: Foreign Firms Reported to Have Engaged in Iran’s Energy or Communications Sectors, GAO-15-258R: Published: Jan 13, 2015. Publicly Released: Jan 13, 2015.

EIA – Drilling Productivity Report

“The Drilling Productivity Report uses recent data on the total number of drilling rigs in operation along with estimates of drilling productivity and estimated changes in production from existing oil and natural gas wells to provide estimated changes in oil and natural gas production for seven key regions. EIA’s approach does not distinguish between oil-directedContinue Reading