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U.S. Uranium Supplies, Part 2: Mitigating Future Energy Security Risks from Large Imports Disruptions

December 17, 2014 by John Miller
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Uranium Security and Supply Risk Prevention

In the previous ‘U.S. Uranium Supplies, Part 1’ report we covered current-future World & U.S. Nuclear Power generation, primary sources of nuclear fuels, and the growing risks to imported supplies. Here we will cover promising policies and strategies for mitigating future potential uranium fuel imports disruption risks.[read more]

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U.S. Uranium Supplies, Part 1: Growing Energy Security Risks

December 1, 2014 by John Miller
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Uranium Supply and Risk

Nuclear Power is the largest source of U.S. ‘zero carbon’ electricity generation. Expansion of this baseload power generation capacity is needed to replace coal and enable future expansions of variable Wind and Solar Power. The U.S. unfortunately imports most nuclear fuels, which are subject to growing supply disruption risks.[read more]

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Why Does the U.S. Still Need So Much Fracking Oil?

November 12, 2014 by John Miller
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Fracking Oil and Energy Needs

United States petroleum consumption peaked in the year 2005, and it has been declining from that high ever since. Can this improvement of U.S. petroleum consumption be sustained and possibly achieve a 30 percent reduction in 2005 to 2030?[read more]

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Are Declining Oil Prices Increasing the Risks to OPEC, U.S. Energy Security or Clean Fuels Supplies?

October 23, 2014 by John Miller
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Oil Prices and Growing Risks

The growing decline of world crude oil prices could benefit most consumers and international economies. However, can the declining market prices for crude oil also end up creating significant and real risks to oil suppliers or current clean energy policies?[read more]

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Growing Middle East Threats to U.S. Energy Security

October 1, 2014 by John Miller
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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]