Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

Federal Support for the Development, Production, and Use of Fuels and Energy Technologies

Categories: Energy,Govt Finance,Science/Technology,Taxes

Describes how and why the federal government supports the development, production, and use of fuel and energy technologies through tax preferences and spending programs. Also describes how federal support has changed over time and analyzes its effectiveness. From the Congressional Budget Office


Keystone XL Pipeline Permit Determination

Categories: Canada,Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Transportation

Lists the reasons for the denial of the permit for TransCanada to build the pipeline across the U.S. From the State Department


Effects of Hydrocarbon Extraction on Landscapes of the Appalachian Basin

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Energy,Environment,Geology/Mining,Natural Resources,Transportation

Argues that shale-gas and other hydrocarbon mining activities can result in substantial landscape disturbance including the creation of wells, roads, pipelines, and related infrastructure across the Appalachian area. Such changes affect ecosystem function, and the health and distribution of plant and animal species. From the U.S. Geological Survey


A Comprehensive Restoration Plan for the Gulf of Mexico

Categories: Energy,Environment,Headlines,Natural Resources

Proposes a comprehensive integrated ecosystem restoration plan over the next 15 years financed by penalties imposed upon BP.   The proposed settlement and restoration plan is open for public comment through 12/4/2015. From the Justice Department


U.S. and Five Gulf States Reach Historic Settlement with BP to Resolve Civil Lawsuit over Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Categories: Crime/Justice,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Natural Resources

Press release announcing settlement between U.S. and Gulf States with British Petroleum to resolve civil claims arising from the April 20, 2010 Macondo well blowout and oil spill. The settlement, expected to exceed $20 billion, is the largest with a single entity in Justice Department history. From the Department of Justice


Biofuel Use in International Markets: The Importance of Trade

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Energy,Foreign Trade/Investment,Statistics

Reviews market trends for biofuels in the 2001-2013 period and why the U.S. became a net exporter of biofuels for the first time in 2010. From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture


Special Report: The Department of Energy’s Loan Guarantee to Solyndra, Inc.

Categories: Energy,Govt/Business Scandals,Headlines,Science/Technology

Provides the results of a 4 year-long investigation into allegations that officials of Solyndra submitted false and misleading information to the DOE during the application process for a $535 million loan guarantee.  The controversial transaction damaged confidence in the program designed to provide loan guarantees for innovative energy projects.  From the Office of the Inspector General of the Energy Department


Greenhouse Gases, New and Existing Power Plants

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Virginia Issues

Web site created to provide information to and receive comments from Virginians about the federal Clean Power Plan and how it might affect residents of the state.  Virginia must now develop its own state plan for controlling greenhouse gas emissions from power plants that generate electricity through the use of fossil fuels.  From the Department of Environmental Quality


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