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Greenhouse Gases from a Growing Petrochemical Industry

Environmental Integrity Project http://bit.ly/1TFWzfH (study) http://environmentalintegrity.org/archives/8384 (website) [The Independent] Fracking has led to a US gas surplus, which it is now increasingly exporting around the world after turning it into liquid natural gas (LNG). Last year alone, the report says, 23 new LNG gas-processing and compressing facilities were proposed or permitted across the United States. … Continue reading

Voluntary Environmental and Organic Standards in Agriculture Policy Implications

OECD / by Sylvain Rousset, et al. http://bit.ly/1hUErOQ While public regulation in food and agriculture is attracting attention at both policy and research level for their potential implications on international food trade, policy implications of agricultural standards – understood to be legally not mandatory and hence voluntary – are much less well understood. Yet, environmental … Continue reading

Current Patterns and Future Opportunities: Mapping Chinese Direct Investment in the U.S. Energy Economy

Center for American Progress / by Melanie Hart http://ampr.gs/1MIAWYm The Obama administration has made clean energy cooperation a pillar of the U.S.-China diplomatic relationship for two reasons. First, China’s move toward a cleaner growth model furthers American national security interests on issues ranging from combatting global climate change to stability in the Middle East. Second, U.S.-China … Continue reading

To Lift or Not to Lift? The U.S. Crude Oil Export Ban: Implications for Price and Energy Security

Center for Energy Studies, Baker Institute, Rice University / by Kenneth B. Medlock III http://bakerinstitute.org/media/files/files/0bfec984/CES-CrudeOilExports-Medlock-032515.pdf [Oil and Gas Journal]  Lifting the 40-year-old US crude oil export ban would benefit pricing, energy security, and petroleum investment, according to a new study issued by the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy in … Continue reading

Shipping Could Increase Arctic Pollution 150 – 600% by 2025

A 10-Year Projection of Maritime Activity in the U.S. Arctic Region International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) for the US Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) http://www.cmts.gov/Bulletin.aspx?id=87 [Green Car Congress] At the current allowable levels of sulfur in marine bunker fuels, pollutant emissions (particulates, black carbon, NOx, SOx, and CO2) from projected increased ship traffic … Continue reading