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  • What Shale Gas in China Means for the United States

    Today I testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission during a hearing on China’s Global Quest for Resources and Implications for the United States. In my testimony, I described the prospects for shale gas in China and its implications for the United States.

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  • Shale Gas: Time to Look Before We Leap Any Further

    Shale gas is a game-changer for global energy supply. It is already transforming the U.S. energy outlook, and is expected to deliver over 40% of domestic gas production by 2025 (Figure 1). Other countries and regions, notably Europe and China, may soon follow suit, in a repeat of the early 20th century oil rush.

    Opinion is bitterly divided, however, over the environmental risks and benefits of this abundant new source of energy – so much so, that the different sides struggle to agree even on basic facts. The debate is raging over two key issues – on-the-ground impacts to water, air, communities, land use, wildlife, and habitats; and the broader energy and global warming implications of developing shale gas.

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  • Government Report on Deepwater Horizon Spill Fails to Recognize Its Own Responsibility

    An official report released by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE, formerly MMS) and the Coast Guard puts BP, Transocean, and other contractors at the center of blame for the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf of Mexico.

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  • Why the Oil Sands Matter to Climate Policy in Canada

    Clare Demerse is Director, Climate Change, at the Pembina Institute. This post originally appeared in its full form on the Pembina Institute's website.

    Anyone who works on climate change policy in Canada, like I do, ends up talking about the oil sands on a daily basis.

    The massive development reshaping parts of Alberta's landscape attracts criticism like no other project in Canada, and those concerns don't stop at our borders.

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  • SEC Regulations Could Bring Oil Revenue Transparency to Uganda

    Now twice delayed during the public comment and rule-drafting periods, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is due to release regulations for Section 1504 of the Wall Street Reform Act in late August. Recent developments in Uganda’s oil industry have made the release of these transparency provisions more urgent than ever.

    Oil production is not scheduled to begin in Uganda until next year, but the country is already feeling its impacts. Major developments in Uganda’s oil sector and recent setbacks in government transparency lend new urgency to the passing of SEC regulations to implement Section 1504 of the Wall Street Reform Act.

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  • Oil and Gas Sector Releases New Sustainability Yardsticks

    Do the revised reporting guidelines for the oil and gas industry go far enough?

    Last month IPIECA, the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues, along with the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the International Association for Oil and Gas Producers (OGP) released their revised guidance on corporate sustainability reporting. This was the first update to the guidance since 2005.

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  • REDD Alert: Lessons from Peru’s Camisea Pipeline Project

    Can forest-rich countries learn from the mistakes of extractive projects and avoid unleashing their own resource curse?

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  • Ecosystem Services and the Gulf Disaster

    The BP oil spill will degrade critical ecosystem services and their economic benefits for decades to come.

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