Financial Impact of Shale Gas Development on the Provision of Local Services: Duke Study

Oil and Gas Revenue Allocation for Local Governments in Eight States Duke University Energy Initiative / by Richard Newell and Daniel Raimi http://energy.duke.edu/shalepublicfinance [From Press Release] Increased oil and gas production has provided a variety of new revenue sources for local governments, in most cases helping them to cover the cost of increasing demands for … Continue reading

Does the Housing Market Value Energy Efficient Residential Homes? Evidence from the Energy Star Program

University of Binghamton | Stanford University | Brigham Young University / by Carmen Carrion-Flores, et al. http://jarenpope.weebly.com/uploads/2/9/7/3/29731963/2014_bcp_wp_energy_star.pdf [Binghamton University Press Release] The numbers in neat columns tell — column by column, page by page — a story spread out across Carmen Carrión-Flores’ desk at Binghamton University. It’s a great story, she says; she just doesn’t … Continue reading

The Carbon Tax Win-Win: Too Good to be True?

Macdonald-Laurier Institute for Public Policy / by Robert P. Murphy http://macdonaldlaurier.ca/files/pdf/MLIBMurphyCarbonTaxPaper10-14-V2.pdf In a paper released today by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, economist Robert P. Murphy challenges the common notion that a carbon tax would be beneficial to the economy as well as the environment, if the revenues were used to make a coinciding reduction in pre-existing … Continue reading

How the EPA Should Modify Its Proposed 111(d) Regulations to Allow States to Comply By Taxing Pollution

Brookings Institution / by Michael Wara, et al. http://bit.ly/1rGCUbZ [From Introduction] The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is exercising its authority under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act to limit U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing stationary sources, beginning with carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil-fuel fired electric generating units (EGUs, power plants, … Continue reading

U.S. Oil Impacts: the Impacts of Horizontal Multi-stage Hydraulic Fracturing Technologies on Historical Oil Production, International Oil Costs, and Consumer Petroleum Product Costs

ICF International for the American Petroleum Institute http://bit.ly/1q4Gihu [The Hill]  Hydraulic fracturing saved Americans almost $250 billion last year, according to a report issued by the oil and gas industry Thursday as part of a move to ratchet up the fight against looming regulations meant to restrict “fracking.” The study, commissioned by the American Petroleum … Continue reading

Energy Policy: Information on Federal and Other Factors Influencing U.S. Energy Production and Consumption from 2000 through 2013

US General Accountability Office http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-836 According to the studies and reports GAO reviewed, several major factors, including federal activities, influenced U.S. production and consumption of fossil, nuclear, and renewable energy from 2000 through 2013. Examples of these factors include the following: Fossil energy. Advances in drilling technologies enabled economic production of natural gas and crude … Continue reading

Air Concentrations of Volatile Compounds Near Oil and Gas Production: A Community-based Exploratory Study

Environmental Health (2014, v13 p82+; doi:10.1186/1476-069X-13-82) / by David O. Carpenter, et al. http://www.ehjournal.net/content/13/1/82 [US News & World Report] Oil and gas wells across the country are spewing “dangerous” cancer-causing chemicals into the air, according to a new study that further corroborates reports of health problems around hydraulic fracturing sites. “This is a significant public health … Continue reading

Approximated EU GHG Inventory: Proxy GHG Estimates for 2013

European Environment Agency (EEA) http://www.eea.europa.eu/publications/progress-towards-2008-2012-kyoto This report provides proxy estimates of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the European Union (EU) and its Member States for the year 2013, covering the full GHG inventory (all sectors, except Land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF), and all gases). The proxy estimates in this report are based on … Continue reading