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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Petroleum Refining: Industry’s Outlook Depends on Market Changes and Key Environmental Regulations

Categories: Business/Economics,Energy,Foreign Trade/Investment,Laws/Regulations

Examines recent legal and regulatory changes that have affected the petroleum refining industry and the future of the industry, including domestic consumption levels and demand from foreign markets.  From the Government Accountability Office


Updated Estimates of the Effects of the Insurance Coverage Provisions of the Affordable Care Act, April 2014

Categories: Govt Finance,Health Insurance,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics

Projects that the ACA’s insurance coverage provisions will result in lower net costs to the federal government or $36 billion for 2014, $5 billion less than the previous projection.  Also projects lower costs for the 2015-2024 period.  From the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation


Updated Budget Projections: 2014 to 2024

Categories: Govt Finance,Headlines,Statistics,Taxes

Predicts that if the current laws governing taxes and spending do not change, the budget deficit in fiscal year 2014 will be $492 billion or 2.8% of GDP, a third less than the shortfall in FY2013.  From the Congressional Budget Office


Author’s Guild: Amazon was Google’s Target

Categories: Congress,Copyright/Patents,Libraries/Museums,Supreme Court/courts


Press release from Author’s Guild in announcing an appeal of the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals decision against their copyright infringement suit against Google.  Also calls upon Congress to create a National Digital Library, available on every campus and in every community, to display  full pages, not snippets, for out-of-print books.  From the Authors Guild


Special Feature: Youth Violence

Categories: Crime/Justice,Statistics,Youth

Brings together a series of links to recent information related to youth crime statistics and trends.  From the Office of Justice Programs and the National Criminal Justice Reference Service


Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology,United Nations

The third of three working group reports which form the Fifth Assessment Report on climate change.  Asserts that global emissions of greenhouse gases grew more quickly between 2000 and 2010 than in each of the three previous decades and that only major institutional and technological change can limit the increase in global mean temperature to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.  From the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change