Bipartisan coalition issues broad energy blueprint (Politico)

From: Politico

The federal government should expand access to offshore oil and gas, phase out the wind production tax credit and preserve a key Energy Department loan guarantee program promoting clean energy, a broad coalition of former senators and industry, environmental and labor officials said as part of sweeping recommendations the group issued Wednesday.

The Bipartisan Policy Center’s 20-member Strategic Energy Policy Initiative dipped into other contentious debates over energy exports, military biofuels investment and climate change in recommending a host of ideas in its report. The recommendations are intended to expand both conventional and alternative energy production along with energy efficiency.


How Brazil Turned Ethanol Into A Unique Success (International Business Times)

From: International Business Times

As the U.S. debates the pros and cons of producing more ethanol as fuel for vehicles, those looking for an ethanol success story have a prime example: Brazil, which rose in a few decades to sixth place among the world’s biggest economies thanks in part to the vegetable-derived fuel.

Brazil is an anomaly in a global economy fueled by petroleum, having effectively weaned itself off of foreign oil imports by 2006, in part due to the development of its ethanol industry, beginning in the 1970s.


The Regulation of Seismic Exploration in the United States.

See this Interactive Public Docket    focused solely on the regulation of seismic exploration in the United States.

An IPD breaks the government monopoly over the content of a docket in the all-important post public comment period.

This Forum is managed by the Center for Regulatory Effectiveness (CRE), a regulatory watchdog founded and managed by former regulatory officials of the regulatory review office (OIRA) of the White House Office of Management and Budget. CRE manages a number of websites dedicated to increasing the transparency of the regulatory process, including TheOMB.USa website focused on OMB’s role in centralized regulatory review beginning with the Johnson Administration and updated constantly to reflect the actions of the current Administration.


Dolphins slaughtered in Solomons money row

 Editor’s Note:  It should be noted that the  marine mammal destruction described  in this article overwhelms the totality of modeled ( not actual) behavioral modifications, however slight, from a half  century of seisimic exploration. In the same period of time there is not even one instance where seismic operations lead to the destruction of a marnine mammal.
 We suggest that the aforementioned data should lead to  a modification of  NGO interventions–namely away from the regulation of seismic operations to the enforcement of international treaties.


Can Huge Shale Oil Discovery Solve Australia’s Energy Needs?

From: International Business Times

A property in South Australia may possess enough shale oil to make the country a self-sufficient energy producer and exporter,  surveys commissioned by Brisbane-based Linc Energy indicate.

Citing independent reports based on drilling and seismic exploration data from independent consultants, Linc said the untapped Arckaringa Basin near the town of Coober Pedy could be sitting on the equivalent of anywhere between 3.5 billion and a stunning 233 billion barrels of oil.

Linc’s managing director Peter Bond told Australian media that if the higher end of the estimate is accurate, it would be “several times bigger than all of the oil in Australia.”


Neonicotinoid ban could cost farmers ‘millions’

Editor’s Note:  CRE has an Interactive Public Docket dedicated to bee health decline. We encourage our readers to join the many regulators that visit the site regularly. We would also encourage our readers to take exception with a recent study released by EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) which undermines the use of sound science in resolving issues related to bee health decline. Please see this article.

From: Farmers Weekly

Philip Case

Farmers could be hit for millions of pounds if restrictions on neonicotinoid seed treatments are introduced in the UK, a new report warns.