Drilling in California: Who’s at Risk?

Natural Resources Defense Council http://www.nrdc.org/health/california-fracking-risks.asp [From Press Release]  The report reveals that 14 percent of the state’s population—5.4 million Californians—already lives within a mile of at least one oil or gas well. Of that group, 69 percent—3.7 million residents—are people of color (45 percent Latino/Hispanic, 13 percent Asian, 8 percent African American and 3 percent … Continue reading

Changing Crude Oil Market Prices: Allowing Exports Could Reduce Consumer Fuel Prices, and the Size of the Strategic Reserves Should Be Reexamined

US Government Accountability Office http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/666274.pdf [Oil and Gas Journal] Removing US crude oil export restrictions would likely increase crude prices and decrease consumer fuel prices, the Government Accountability Office said in a recent report. It also called for a reexamination of the size of the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve. The report said studies project that … Continue reading

Deforestation in the Brazilian Beef Value Chain

Datu Research for the Environmental Defense Fund http://www.daturesearch.com/wp-content/uploads/Brazilian-Beef-Final_Optimized.pdf [EDF Talks Global Climate blog] The report, commissioned by EDF, finds that progress in decreasing deforestation rates could easily be reversed unless ranchers are offered the right incentives to switch practices on their ranches and the right policy frameworks are adopted by companies and governments. It currently … Continue reading

Actor-specific Contributions to the Deforestation Slowdown in the Brazilian Amazon

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Published online before print October 13, 2014; doi: 10.1073/pnas.1322825111) / by Javier Godar, et al. http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2014/10/10/1322825111 [Significance] The Brazilian Amazon is at a critical juncture after the recent stabilization of deforestation rates. Identifying opportunities for continued deforestation reductions requires an understanding of the contribution of different actors to … Continue reading

Fact Sheet: Polling the American Public on Climate Change

Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) http://www.eesi.org/papers/view/fact-sheet-polling-the-american-public-on-climate-change-2014 This fact sheet provides information on climate change polling in the United States over the last year from a variety of sources. Overall, the studies show: Belief that climate change is happening and is caused by human actions is continuing to rise, but it still has not reached … Continue reading

Behavioral Economics Applied to Energy Demand Analysis: A Foundation

US DOE, Energy Information Administration http://www.eia.gov/analysis/studies/demand/economicbehavior/ Neoclassical economics has shaped our understanding of human behavior for several decades. While still an important starting point for economic studies, neoclassical frameworks have generally imposed strong assumptions, for example regarding utility maximization, information, and foresight, while treating consumer preferences as given or external to the framework. In real … Continue reading