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Draft Technical Assessment Report: Midterm Evaluation of Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards and Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards for Model Years 2022-2025

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Statistics,Transportation

1200+ page report on progress made toward achieving corporate average fuel economy (CAFÉ) and greenhouse gas emission standards established in 2012 legislation for cars and light trucks by 2025.  Provides first technical assessment of technologies available to meet these standards and differing compliance pathways.  Also includes a 13 page summary of the major points.  From the National  Highway Traffic Safety Administration


Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Transportation … Issue Draft Technical Assessment Report of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Economy Standards for Model Year 2022-2025 Cars and Light Trucks

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Transportation

Press release explaining the process of trying to upgrade fuel economy and emissions standards to reach a goal of 54.5 miles per gallon for the overall average for cars and light trucks by 2025.  From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration


Iran Nuclear Agreement: The International Atomic Energy Agency’s Authorities, Resources, and Challenges

Categories: Arms Control,Energy,Iran,Nongovernmental organizations,Nuclear Arms,Treaties

Examines the Joint Comprehensive Plan agreement with Iran and the role that the IAEA has been asked to play in monitoring and verifying Iran’s commitment, reviews the resources that IAEA has identified as necessary to carry out that role, and identifies potential challenges.  From the Government Accountability Office


Interior Issues Final Regulations to Raise Safety and Environmental Standards for Any Future Exploratory Drilling in U.S. Arctic Waters

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

Press release summarizing the main points of new final regulations relating to any future exploratory drilling in the Chukchi and Beaufort Sea areas of the U.S. Arctic Outer Continental Shelf.  From the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management of the Department of the Interior


Oil and Gas and Sulfur Operations on the Outer Continental Shelf: Requirements for Exploratory Drilling on the Arctic Outer Continental Shelf

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

Test of final regulations issued to ensure that any future exploratory energy drilling on the U.S. Arctic Outer Continental Shelf would be conducted under the highest safety and environmental standards.  From the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management of the Department of the Interior


Volkswagen to Spend up to $14.7 Billion to Settle Allegations of Cheating Emissions Tests and Deceiving Customers on 2.0 Liter Diesel Vehicles

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Energy,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Transportation

Press release on settlement between Volkswagen and U.S. authorities relating to the cheating on emissions tests for 2009-2015 model year diesel vehicles sold in the U.S.  See also text of Consent Decree with Justice Department.  From the Environmental Protection Agency


OPEC Revenues Fact Sheet 2015

Categories: Energy,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

Estimates that members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries earned about $404 billion in net oil export revenues in 2015, a 46% decline  from the $753 billion earned in 2014.  Also provides country level data for net oil export revenues and per capita net oil export revenues.  From the Energy Information Administration



Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: Likely Impact on the U.S. Economy and on Specific Industry Sectors

Required report (788 pages) to Congress and the President which provides an overview of the TPP agreement, findings as to the likely economy-wide effects, and specific sectoral effects.  These include food and agricultural products, manufactured goods, energy, and services.  From the U.S. International Trade Commission


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