Energy & Environment Update – August 2015 #3

Congress Reconvenes After Midterm Elections

Congress returns from the August recess after the Labor Day holiday next week, and the in the meantime, energy and environment issues continue to play a significant role on the national and international stages through the rest of the year.

Bedouins Of The Negev Desert

Three people were charged Thursday with running a $54 million Ponzi scheme built on promises of a green energy technology that would turn trash into fuel. [ABC/AP] Opponents have prepared their criticism of President Barack Obama ahead of his proposed rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline in the next few weeks, targeting his suppression of… Keep reading →


Legal challenges filed almost immediately after President Obama announced the Clean Power Rule may be premature.

Oil Prices Reach New Record High

The oil and gas industry is pushing a government study that they say vindicates their push to lift the nation’s 40-year-old ban on oil exports. [The Washington Examiner] The Sabine Pass LNG terminal will go live later this year, revealing innovative techniques that will launch the U.S. as a net exporter of natural gas. [Bloomberg]… Keep reading →

Oil Rigs Undergo Repairs After Hurrican Katrina

The major discovery is good news for Egypt but will likely impede Israel’s much-delayed plans to exploit and export its own offshore reserves. In an August 30 press release, Italian energy company Eni announced that it has found a “supergiant” natural gas field off the coast of Egypt. Discovered more than 13,000 feet below the… Keep reading →

Renewable Energy Update – August 2015 #4

Bedouins Of The Negev Desert

President Barack Obama will announce on Monday a $1 billion increase in loan guarantees for renewable energy projects as part of a series of steps to promote development of clean energy.

Exxon Valdez Oil Disaster 15 Years Later

President Obama has used his trip to Alaska to thrust climate change to the forefront by putting the state’s liquefying glaciers and sinking villages on graphic display. [Yahoo News] The next phase of California’s clean energy leadership will face a set of bills in the State Assembly that would substantially expand the state’s existing clean energy… Keep reading →

Surging Oil Industry Brings Opportunity To Rural California

More about last week’s Commerce Department decision to allow U.S. crude oil swaps with Mexico – basically, a positive step in the direction of lifting America’s 1970s-era ban on exporting domestic crude. An analysis by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) says the exchange of light U.S. oil for heavier Mexican oil will generate economic… Keep reading →

Oil frack something

Earlier this year at the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) annual conference in Washington, ClearView  Energy Partners’ Christine Tezak described the Obama administration’s energy policy as “give a little, take a little,” further characterizing it as “transitioning from scarcity to adequacy.” It’s accurate. Handed a generational opportunity by America’s energy revolution to advance U.S. economic… Keep reading →

President Obama Speaks On Iran Nuclear Deal

Even after the deal is in effect, the United States can sustain or increase tough barriers on Iran’s trade with other countries, but this fact has not been highlighted by the president or his team. On August 19, in a move designed to address concerns by wavering members of Congress, President Barack Obama sent a… Keep reading →

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