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Growing Middle East Threats to U.S. Energy Security

October 1, 2014 by John Miller

Middle East Conflict and Energy Security

The recent undeclared war on ISIS is in response to increasing terrorist threats against the U.S. Besides increased air strikes and developing a new Coalition against Middle East terrorists, should the Obama Administration also address the increasing risks to U.S. energy security?[read more]

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EPA Carbon Standard Compliance Strategies, Part 2: Industrial Proven Technology Solutions and Estimated Costs

September 15, 2014 by John Miller
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EPA Regs and How to Comply

The new EPA carbon standard should reduce U.S. Power Sector total annual emissions by 30% during 2005-2030. Which technologies are most likely to be used to meet the new carbon standard by 2030 and what will be the costs for future Consumers?[read more]

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New EPA Carbon Standard Compliance Strategies (Part 1): Which Technologies Have Reduced U.S. Power Carbon Emissions Since 2005?

September 3, 2014 by John Miller
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New EPA carbon standards

New EPA carbon pollution standards should reduce the Power Sector’s annual emissions by 30% 2005-2030. During 2005-2013 half the required carbon reduction has already been achieved. How much have individual technologies contributed toward reduced carbon emissions since 2005?[read more]

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Self-Driving Car Technology's Benefits, Potential Risks, and Solutions

August 19, 2014 by John Miller
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Future Cars and Future Effects

Developing ‘self-driving’ or ‘autonomous’ car technologies can make on-road travel safer and more efficient. What are the major challenges and needed improvements to successfully develop and market this very promising and innovative technology?[read more]

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What are the Capacity Factor Impacts on New Installed Renewable Power Generation Capacities?

August 4, 2014 by John Miller
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Renewables and Power Generation

A FERC report indicates that new Renewable Power capacity made up 55.7% of all new power in the first half of 2014. This is an outstanding trend for reducing future emissions. How accurate is this reported expansion of new Renewable Power compared to Non-renewable Power actual generation capacities?[read more]

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Should the U.S. Implement a New 'Value-Added Carbon Tax' to Replenish the Federal Highway Trust Fund?

July 23, 2014 by John Miller
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Carbon Taxes and Highway Funding

As Congress struggles to develop revenue generation solutions for needed Highway and Roads infrastructure projects the Federal Highway Trust Fund is going broke. Is it time to consider generating needed, long-term revenues by implementing a new tax such as a ‘value-added carbon tax’?[read more]

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New EPA Carbon Regulation: What will the Impacts be on Consumer Power Costs?

July 14, 2014 by John Miller
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EPA Carbon Regs and State Programs

To achieve regulatory compliance in the most cost effective manner the EPA advocates that States utilize flexible approaches. Will expanding existing ‘market based’ GHG reduction programs be a critical part of reducing future carbon emissions and reducing Consumers’ electricity bills?[read more]

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Renewable Wood Fuels, Part 1: Environmentally Beneficial or a Chronic Problem?

April 24, 2014 by John Miller
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Renewable Wood Fuels Impact

Wood has historically been one of the most important sources of energy and is currently the second largest source of US renewable energy. But smoke from burning wood is a major cause for past and current world health problems. Should the US regulate renewable wood fuels?[read more]

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Can the Complexities of Sugarcane Ethanol Imports Lead to Increased Carbon Emissions?

April 7, 2014 by John Miller
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Ethanol Imports and Emissions

The ‘Renewable Fuel Standard’ (RFS) requires blending biofuels into motor fuels annually to reduce petroleum consumption and associated carbon emissions. Since 2010 RFS compliance has included Brazil sugarcane ethanol imports. Do these imports actually achieve RFS carbon reduction requirements?[read more]

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What are the Realistic Costs and Benefits of the New EPA Tier 3 (Reduced) Gasoline Sulfur Regulation?

March 12, 2014 by John Miller
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EPA Gasoline Sulfur Regulation

The EPA finalized new regulations to further reduce gasoline sulfur and mitigate possible health impacts on the Public. Are the EPA’s estimated compliance cost of less than one cent per gallon and primary claimed benefits reasonably accurate? And, are there more cost effective alternatives?[read more]

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How Effective are New EPA/NHTSA Medium-Heavy Duty Truck Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards?

March 4, 2014 by John Miller
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Truck Fuel Efficiency Standards

The U.S. Federal Government has strongly advocated increasing Medium-Heavy Duty (MD/HD) Truck fuel efficiencies and reducing tailpipe carbon emissions. How effective could recent regulatory actions be in significantly reducing future MD/HD Truck fleet petroleum motor fuels consumption?[read more]

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Were US Energy Policies Effective in Reducing 2013 Fossil Fuels Consumption?

February 12, 2014 by John Miller
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Policy and Fossil Fuel Consumption

United States renewable wind & solar power generation capacities grew at historic rates recently. How successful were U.S. energy policies overall in expanding clean energy production-consumption and displacing fossil fuels during 2013?[read more]

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When Will the Obama Administration Possibly Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline?

January 31, 2014 by John Miller
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Obama and the Keystone XL Pipeline

The Obama Administration has delayed making a final decision on the new cross-border Keystone XL pipeline permit for years. With the recent development of a new project draft Supplemental Impact Environmental Statement, when should we expect a final Executive decision on the Keystone XL permit?[read more]

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U.S. 2013 Domestic Energy Supplies Growth Scorecard: Part 1

January 21, 2014 by John Miller
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US Domestic Supply Scorecard

Some U.S. Renewables and Non-renewable Energy supplies grew in 2013, and a few did not. Various Energy Advocates and Critics viewed these increases or declines as positive and not so positive developments. Which U.S. domestic energy supplies grew at the greatest rates in 2013?[read more]

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Impacts of the EPA Certifying Sugarcane Ethanol as an 'Advanced Biofuel'

January 8, 2014 by John Miller
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EPA and Sugarcane Certification

The EPA certified Brazil sugarcane ethanol as an ‘advanced biofuel’ in 2010. This made Brazil imports eligible for U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard annual compliance. What are the impacts of this EPA action on U.S. fuel markets and associated carbon emissions?[read more]