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Could Congress's Lifting the Crude Oil Export Ban Threaten U.S. Energy Security?

October 2, 2015 by John Miller

Oil Export Ban and Energy Security

Congress may soon be addressing the export of energy by fully lifting the 40 year old United States crude oil export ban. Is this proposal in the best interests of the U.S., and can it be done without significant risks to either U.S. energy security or the economy?[read more]


Will the Iranian Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty become a Threat to U.S. Energy Security?

August 21, 2015 by John Miller

Iran Nuclear Deal and U.S. Energy Security

The Obama Administration negotiated changes to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty that is supposed to curtail Iran’s possible nuclear weapons development for 10-15 years. While the pros and cons of this treaty are being strongly debated in Congress, the risks to U.S. energy security are apparently not a priority concern.[read more]


Can U.S. Canadian Oil Sands Imports be Nearly Carbon Neutral?

July 28, 2015 by John Miller

Oil Sands and Carbon Neutrality

The Argonne National Laboratory published a study that indicates Canadian Oil Sands imports would increase greenhouse gas emissions by 20% greater than existing conventional U.S. domestic crudes. Is this study reasonably accurate or is it feasible that actual Oil Sands imports could be almost carbon neutral?[read more]


Should Gas & Oil Methane Emissions Be the Next Obama Climate Policy Priority?

July 1, 2015 by John Miller

Emissions Priorities

Is the Environmental Protection Agency’s new proposed gas and oil production greenhouse gas regulation actually the most efficient and effective approach to reducing total methane emissions in the United States? Or are there better alternatives?[read more]


Can Obama's Proposal to Reduce Total GHG Emissions by 26% be Achieved?

June 1, 2015 by John Miller

Obama and Greenhouse Emissions

President Obama recently announced plans to commit the United States to reducing total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 26 percent. Is this U.S. GHG reduction commitment reasonably achievable over the course of the next 10 years?[read more]


Why Have U.S. Energy Policies Stopped Reducing Carbon Emissions? - Part 1

April 23, 2015 by John Miller

Government Energy Policy and Carbon Emissions

Renewables have grown at historic rates over the past 7 years and have helped reduce U.S. carbon emissions. Despite this reduction, carbon emissions have begun increasing significantly since 2012. Why have government clean energy policies not sustained past carbon reductions progress?[read more]


Obama's Keystone Veto Message: "If You've Got a Business, You Can't Build That Infrastructure Project"

February 26, 2015 by John Miller

Obama and the Keystone Veto


President Barack Obama has vetoed a bipartisan Congressional piece of legislation that aims to finally approve the Keystone XL pipeline project at the Federal level. Why does the President continue to block and delay this energy project’s permit decision?[read more]


U.S. Consumers are Purchasing Increased Numbers of SUVs and Trucks. Why Do Consumers 'Poll Green,' but Apparently Don't Buy Green?

February 20, 2015 by John Miller

Buying Green and Consumer Behavior

Polls indicate most people support reducing U.S. carbon emissions. But consumers recently began purchasing much greater numbers of SUVs and trucks than more efficient, lower carbon cars. Have purchasing behaviors changed or have government green policies failed?[read more]


Keystone XL Pipeline Opposition: Review of the Major Claims, Relevant Facts, and Most Probable Impacts

January 14, 2015 by John Miller

Keystone Opposition Analysis

President Obama plans to further delay needed executive action on the Keystone XL pipeline project and veto any Congressional Bills that would mandate the pipeline’s approval. Is this Administrative action based on credible technical and economic factors or primarily politics?[read more]


Keystone XL Pipeline Project Update: The President Claims the Economic Benefits Will Be Minimal

December 22, 2014 by John Miller

Obama and the Keystone XL Pipeline

During the President’s December 20th press conference he stated his position not to support the Keystone pipeline now includes the lack of economic benefits, claiming the benefits of the project will be minimal compared to risks and costs. Is this new claim in opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline reasonable?[read more]


U.S. Uranium Supplies, Part 2: Mitigating Future Energy Security Risks from Large Imports Disruptions

December 18, 2014 by John Miller

Uranium Security and Supply Risk Prevention

In the previous ‘U.S. Uranium Supplies, Part 1’ report we covered current-future World & U.S. Nuclear Power generation, primary sources of nuclear fuels, and the growing risks to imported supplies. Here we will cover promising policies and strategies for mitigating future potential uranium fuel imports disruption risks.[read more]


U.S. Uranium Supplies, Part 1: Growing Energy Security Risks

December 1, 2014 by John Miller

Uranium Supply and Risk

Nuclear Power is the largest source of U.S. ‘zero carbon’ electricity generation. Expansion of this baseload power generation capacity is needed to replace coal and enable future expansions of variable Wind and Solar Power. The U.S. unfortunately imports most nuclear fuels, which are subject to growing supply disruption risks.[read more]


Why Does the U.S. Still Need So Much Fracking Oil?

November 12, 2014 by John Miller

Fracking Oil and Energy Needs

United States petroleum consumption peaked in the year 2005, and it has been declining from that high ever since. Can this improvement of U.S. petroleum consumption be sustained and possibly achieve a 30 percent reduction in 2005 to 2030?[read more]


Are Declining Oil Prices Increasing the Risks to OPEC, U.S. Energy Security or Clean Fuels Supplies?

October 23, 2014 by John Miller

Oil Prices and Growing Risks

The growing decline of world crude oil prices could benefit most consumers and international economies. However, can the declining market prices for crude oil also end up creating significant and real risks to oil suppliers or current clean energy policies?[read more]


Growing Middle East Threats to U.S. Energy Security

October 1, 2014 by John Miller

Middle East Conflict and Energy Security

The recent undeclared war on ISIS is in response to increasing terrorist threats against the U.S. Besides increased air strikes and developing a new Coalition against Middle East terrorists, should the Obama Administration also address the increasing risks to U.S. energy security?[read more]

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