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Can the U.S. grow the economy while also reducing CO2 emissions? EIA report suggests it can.

Posted in Energy Policy

By Andrew Shaw Yesterday the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its report on U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions for 2012. The report found that energy-related CO2 emissions decreased by 3.8% in 2012, and that emissions are now at their lowest level since 1994. According to EIA, energy-related CO2 emissions have now decreased five… Continue Reading

With Congressional Inertia, President’s Scientific Advisors Offer Proposals for Addressing Climate Change

Posted in Canada-U.S. Relations, Climate, Energy Policy, Legislation (Federal)

By Andrew Shaw On March 22nd, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (“Council”) released recommendations on how the Administration can address climate change in President Obama’s second term. The Council suggested that a carbon tax or cap-and-trade system would be a preferable policy for reducing greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions, but acknowledged that… Continue Reading

API’s State of American Energy Report Touts Economic Impact of Oil and Gas Development

Posted in Energy Policy

By Andrew Shaw The American Petroleum Institute (“API”) released today its 2013 State of American Energy Report. Consistent with recent analyses, API’s report takes a bullish perspective on the prospects for U.S. energy security over the coming decade due to increased domestic oil and gas production. In addition, API’s report touts the economic benefits of… Continue Reading

The Ambitious Agenda of U.S. Mayors

Posted in 2012 Elections, Energy Policy, Health Policy, Infrastructure, Mayors, Trade, Transportation

By Rosalind Rubens Newell and Bandele McQueen The U.S. Conference of Mayors gathered recently in Orlando, Florida for its 80th Annual Meeting, hosted by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. This bipartisan organization serves as a bellwether for rising issues that are of importance to cities of varying sizes across the country. The programmatic theme for this year’s year’s annual… Continue Reading

EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook 2012 Predicts Increased Domestic Energy Security

Posted in Energy Policy

By Andrew Shaw Today, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its Annual Energy Outlook 2012, which provides projections on U.S. energy consumption, production and use through 2035.  EIA’s report is another sign that the U.S., through a variety of factors, is moving toward greater energy security. EIA’s report estimates that U.S. petroleum imports will continue… Continue Reading

A “Chunks” Approach to Climate Policy

Posted in 2012 Elections, Climate, Energy Policy

By Andrew Shaw At a Politico Pro Energy breakfast this morning in Washington, DC, White House Deputy Assistant for Energy and Climate Change Heather Zichal defended the Administration’s energy record but also provided a window into what a second term energy policy might look like for President Obama. These comments come after Zichal last week… Continue Reading

Secretary Salazar Defends Administration’s Energy Track Record, Urges Congressional Action

Posted in Energy Policy

By Andrew Shaw Today, at a luncheon hosted by the New Democrat Network (NDN), Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar offered a strong defense of the Obama Administration’s record on energy policy. The timing of Secretary Salazar’s speech was not lost on the audience.  For instance, The Hill reporter Ben Geman asked Secretary Salazar why… Continue Reading

The Northern Tiger: What the U.S. Could Learn From Canada

Posted in Budget, Canada-U.S. Relations, Cross-border Investment, Energy Policy, Infrastructure, Transportation

By Colin Robertson Today, the Aspen Institute‘s program on Manufacturing and Society in the 21st Century is releasing a timely new study focusing on how Canada has successfully addressed fiscal and competitiveness problems similar to those the U.S. is currently facing. With support from the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE) and authored by Jeremy Leonard, the report describes how… Continue Reading

Canada, the “Oil Curse,” and a Third Way on the Oil Sands?

Posted in Canada-U.S. Relations, Energy Policy

By Andrew Shaw Last week Alberta Premier Alison Redford referenced the “oil curse” in a speech at the Wilson Center. The “Oil Curse,” or “resource curse,” is a theory that energy-rich countries perform worse economically for a variety of reasons, including a lack of economic diversification, and mismanagement and corruption by government and energy companies…. Continue Reading

Energy Breakfast Highlights Ideological Divide

Posted in 2012 Elections, Energy Policy

By Andrew Shaw As gasoline prices approach nearly $4/gallon, there is increased attention devoted to energy policy both on the Presidential trail and in Congress. President Obama is arguing that there are no easy answers to high gasoline prices, and he is calling for an “all of the above” strategy that includes increased domestic oil and… Continue Reading

Will LNG Exports be the Next Divisive Energy Issue?

Posted in Energy Policy, Legislation (Federal)

By Andrew Shaw In 2005, Congress passed the Energy Policy Act of 2005, a piece of legislation intended to streamline the process from approving applications for LNG import terminals. The legislation provided the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) with exclusive authority to approve the construction, expansion, or operation of an LNG terminal. At the time,… Continue Reading

U.S. Mayors: Challenges and Opportunities in the Current Environment

Posted in Energy Policy, Infrastructure, Mayors, Public-Private Partnerships

By Bandele McQueen Last week, the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) convened its 80th Annual Winter Meeting in Washington, DC. The conference was said to be one of the best yet with strong participation, a stout lineup of speakers, and a dynamic leadership team that will transition from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to Philadelphia Mayor… Continue Reading

EPA Defends Controversial Power Plant Regulations

Posted in 2012 Elections, Energy Policy, Legislation (Federal)

By Andrew Shaw Last week, EPA Assistant Administrator Gina McCarthy provided remarks on new Clean Air Act (CAA) rules for utilities at an ICF International breakfast. McCarthy offered a vigorous defense of EPA’s Utility MACT and Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR). Both of these rules face opposition among some in Congress and industry. Last… Continue Reading

Climate Change Round-Up

Posted in Climate, Energy Policy

By Eric Tanenblatt Check out these latest posts on California’s Air Resources Board low carbon fuel standard and “Top 5 U.S. Climate & Energy Questions in 2012“ from our sister blog, “Climate Change Insights: A forum for critical analysis of climate law and policy.”

Energy Policy: Will 2012 See Any Progress?

Posted in Energy Policy, Legislation (Federal)

By Andrew Shaw The last several years have started with promise for progress on energy policy. In 2009, a new President, who had campaigned on establishing mandatory limits on greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions, was sworn into office. In 2010, the year began with a push by a bipartisan group of Senators, including John Kerry (D-MA),… Continue Reading

The Inaugural Post: Welcome to the Politics, Law and Policy Blog

Posted in 2012 Elections, Cybersecurity, Energy Policy, Government Ethics, Health Policy, Infrastructure, Political Law, Tax Policy, Transportation

By Eric Tanenblatt Happy New Year and welcome to the new Politics, Law and Policy Blog: Bipartisan policy insights and political intelligence. This blog is a forum led by members of the Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs practice at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, an international law and public policy firm with offices in nine… Continue Reading