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Will the U.S. Comply with President Obama's Paris COP21 INDC Pledge?

President Obama submitted an ‘Intended Nationally Determined Contribution’ (INDC) for the pending 2015 Paris Climate Change 21st ‘Conference of Parties’ (COP21).  The INDC states the U.S. will reduce its 2005 total greenhouse gas (GHG) baseline...

Posted November 19, 2015    

Could Congress's Lifting the Crude Oil Export Ban Threaten U.S. Energy Security?

Congress has been increasingly considering lifting the ban on U.S. crude oil exports, which was put in place 40 years ago.  Lifting the export ban could possibly eliminate current national crude oil production-marketing bottlenecks by allowing...

Posted October 2, 2015    

Will the Iranian Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty become a Threat to U.S. Energy Security?

Congress is reviewing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) negotiated by the Obama Administration.  This agreement will modify the current Iranian Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (2015 NPT) by lifting many sanctions in exchange for...

Posted August 21, 2015    

Can U.S. Canadian Oil Sands Imports be Nearly Carbon Neutral?

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory recently published a study that determined the production and consumption or ‘Well-to-Wheel’ (WTW) greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of Canadian Oil Sand crude imports are 20% greater than ‘...

Posted July 28, 2015    

Should Gas & Oil Methane Emissions Be the Next Obama Climate Policy Priority?

Earlier this year the EPA announced plans to reduce U.S. methane ‘greenhouse gas’ (GHG) emissions from Gas and Oil production facilities’ operations by up to 45% by 2025.  Even though the per ‘unit volume’ production emissions from Gas &...

Posted July 1, 2015    

Can Obama's COP21 Proposal to Reduce Total GHG Emissions by 26% be Achieved?

Last year President Obama announced his latest policy to reduce total U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 26%-28% in 2025 from the 2005 baseline level.  In March 2015 the Administration submitted a ‘Intended Nationally Determined...

Posted June 2, 2015    

Why Have U.S. Energy Policies Stopped Reducing Carbon Emissions? - Part 1

Reducing U.S. carbon emissions has been a Federal and many States’ priority for many years.  Numerous Federal and State Governments’ Clean Energy policies and regulations have been implemented over the past decade to reduce the consumption of...

Posted April 23, 2015    

Obama's Keystone Veto Message: "If You've Got a Business, You Can't Build That Infrastructure Project"

The President has followed through with his threat to veto any Congressional legislation to approve the cross-border section of the Keystone XL pipeline.  This action is obviously in support of his environmental base who believes blocking the...

Posted February 26, 2015    

U.S. Consumers are Purchasing Increased Numbers of SUVs and Trucks. Why Do Consumers 'Poll Green,' but Apparently Don't Buy Green?

Many Public Surveys or Polls often find strong Consumer support for regulating and reducing U.S. carbon emissions.  The most successful regulatory actions in recent years have been replacing fossil fuels with alternative lower carbon energy...

Posted February 20, 2015    

Keystone XL Pipeline Opposition: Review of the Major Claims, Relevant Facts, and Most Probable Impacts

One of the new Congress’s priorities is to pass a Bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.  President Obama has indicated his intent to veto any such Congressional action.  The justifications for opposing the pipeline project are claims...

Posted January 14, 2015    

Keystone XL Pipeline Project Update: The President Claims the Economic Benefits Will Be Minimal

At the President’s year-end press conference he stated that the economic benefits of the Keystone XL pipeline project would be minimal for U.S. consumers and for the economy, and would generally only benefit the Canadian oil industry. He apparently...

Posted December 22, 2014    

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

In my previous ‘U.S. Uranium Supplies, Part 1’ report we analyzed and covered current-future needs for U.S. Nuclear Power generation, primary sources of required nuclear fuel supplies, and the growing risks to currently available uranium imports....

Posted December 18, 2014