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New Government Report: Liability and Compensation Issues Raised by the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill

Liability and Compensation Issues Raised by the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill

by Jonathan L. Ramseur
Paperback, 24 pages, 2011, $20.00
ISBN: 143798343x

The 2010 Deepwater Horizon (DH) incident produced the largest oil spill that has occurred in U.S. waters, releasing more than 200 million gallons into the Gulf of Mexico. BP has estimated the combined oil spill costs will be approximately $41 billion. The DH oil spill raised many issues for policymakers, including the ability of the existing oil spill liability and compensation framework to respond to a catastrophic spill.

Contents of this report: (1) Intro.; (2) Existing Liability and Compensation Framework: Responsible Party; Liability Limits; Financial Responsibility; The Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund; Compensation or Claims Process; (3) Issues for Policymakers: Liability Limits; Per-Incident Cap; Level of Funding; Claims Process. This is a print on demand report.

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April 5, 2011 at 8:56 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Best Practices for Terrestrial Sequestration of Carbon Dioxide (TSCD)

Best Practices for Terrestrial Sequestration of Carbon Dioxide (TSCD)
by Rameshwar Srivastava and Howard McIlvried (editors)
Paperback, 70 pages, 2010, $25.00
ISBN: 9781437980356

“This manual describes the most suitable operational approaches and techniques for TSCD, a carbon dioxide (CO2) mitigation strategy capable of removing CO2 already in the air. TSCD, which uses photosynthesis — part of the natural carbon cycle — to create organic matter that is stored in vegetation and soils, differs from CO2 mitigation technologies that focus on capturing and permanently storing human-generated emissions. Contents of this manual: Intro.; Terrestrial Carbon; Land Use/Land Cover in the U.S.; Management Practices; Monitoring, Verification, and Accounting for TSCD; Regional TSCD Partnership Terrestrial Field Tests; Trading of TSCD; Conclusion. Charts and tables. This is a print on demand report.”

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February 8, 2011 at 11:35 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Offshore Oil and Gas Development

Offshore Oil and Gas Development: Legal Framework
by Adam Vann
Paperback, 23 pages, 2010, $20.00
ISBN: 9781437941241

“The development of offshore oil, gas, and other mineral resources in the U.S. is impacted by a number of inter-related legal regimes, including international, fedederal, and state laws. International law provides a framework for establishing control of offshore areas, and domestic federal law supplements these standards. In the U.S., governance of offshore minerals and regional development activities are bifurcated between state and federal law.

Contents of this report: (1) Fed. Jurisdiction; State Jurisdiction; Coastal State Regulation; (2) Federal Resources: Moratoria; Leasing and Development: Leasing; Exploration; Develop. and Production.; Lease Suspension and Cancellation; Suspensions Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill; Legal Challenges to Offshore Leasing.”

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October 26, 2010 at 2:35 pm Leave a comment

New Government Report: Alternative Fuels and Advanced Technology Vehicles

Alternative Fuels and Advanced Technology Vehicles: Issues in Congress
by Brent D. Yacobucci
Paperback, 20 pages, 2010, $20.00
ISBN: 9781437941234

“Alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles are seen as integral to improving urban air quality, decreasing dependence on foreign oil, and reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. However, major barriers — especially economics — prevent the widespread use of these fuels and technologies.

Contents of this report: (1) Introduction; (2) Background and Analysis: Fuel Tax Incentives; Ethanol and MTBE; The Renewable Fuel Standard; Ethanol “Blend Wall”; Cellulosic Biofuels; Ethanol Imports; Vehicle Purchase Requirements, and Tax Incentives; Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel; Hydrogen and Fuel Cells; Hybrid Vehicles; (3) Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicle Technology Provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. ”

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October 26, 2010 at 2:11 pm Leave a comment

New Government Report: Large-Scale Offshore Wind Power in the United States

Large-Scale Offshore Wind Power in the United States: Assessment of Oppportunities and Barriers
by Walter Musial and Bonnie Ram
Paperback, 221 pages, 2010, $45.00
ISBN: 1437941338

“Offshore wind power is poised to deliver an essential contribution to a clean, robust, and diversified U.S. energy portfolio. Capturing and using this large and inexhaustible resource has the potential to mitigate climate change, improve the environment, increase energy security, and stimulate the U.S. economy. The U.S. is now deliberating an energy policy that will have a powerful impact on the nation’s energy and economic health for decades to come. This report provides a broad understanding of today’s wind industry and the offshore resource, as well as the associated technology challenges, economics, permitting procedures, and potential risks and benefits.”

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October 19, 2010 at 10:12 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Climate Change

Climate Change: Science Highlights
by Jane A. Leggett
Paperback, 21 pages, 2009, $15.00
ISBN: 1437939465

“Contents: (1) Intro.; (2) Observed Warming and Metrics of Climate Change (CC); (3) Attribution of Observed Changes Due to Greenhouse Gases (GG): Human-Related Influences on CC; Trends in Atmospheric Concentrations of GG; GG Emissions and Growth Globally; (4) Impacts of CC: Extent of Arctic Sea Ice Near Lowest Recorded Levels; Melting of Greenland Ice Sheet; Melting and Thickening of Ice in Antarctica; Some Permanent Ice Fields Not Melting; Contributions of Melting Ice and Warming Oceans to Sea Level Rise; Hydrological Changes in the Western U.S.; (5) Without Further GHG Mitigation Policies, GHG Emissions Will Grow; (6) Future Climate Projections; (7) Abrupt “Tipping Points” in the Climate System; Projections of Future Impacts.”

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October 5, 2010 at 9:19 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Carbon Trading

Carbon Trading: Current Situation and Oversight Considerations for Policymakers
by Orice Williams Brown
Paperback, 46 pages, 2010, $25.00
ISBN: 143793997x

“Discusses carbon trading in the U.S. and various design and implementation issues to be considered in discussions about a national carbon trading program. Industrial activities in the U.S. emit significant amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases each year, substantially affecting the earth’s climates. Some have suggested capping emissions and allowing them to be traded in secondary markets just as other commodities are traded.

This report provides info. on: (1) carbon-related products currently traded in the U.S. and the extent of trading; (2) risks and challenges posed by these products; (3) the extent to which and how these products are regulated; and (4) issues identified as part of creating a national cap-and-trade carbon market.”

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October 5, 2010 at 9:10 am 1 comment

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