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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Coal and Petroleum Resources in the Appalachian Basin: Distribution, Geologic Framework, and Geochemical Character

Categories: Energy,Geology/Mining,Virginia Issues

http://pubs.usgs.gov/pp/1708/

A modern indepth collection of reports, cross sections and maps that describe the geology of the Appalachian Basin and its fossil fuel resources.  From the U. S. Geological Survey

 

Coal Assessments and Coal Research in the Appalachian Basin

Categories: Energy,Geology/Mining,Virginia Issues

http://pubs.usgs.gov/pp/1708/d4/pdf/pp1708_d4.pdf

Discusses the current status of coal in the Appalachian region and research efforts relating to coal, especially the potential for carbon dioxide sequestration in unmined coal beds and other geologic reservoirs.  From the U. S. Geological Survey

 

EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Plan: Conversion to Mass-Based Emission Targets

Categories: Energy,Environment,Laws/Regulations

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43942.pdf

Discusses alternative ways that states could meet federal rules on limiting carbon-dioxide emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired electric generating units by 2030.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Oil and Gas: Hydraulic Fracturing on Federal and Indian Lands

Categories: Energy,Environment,Geology/Mining,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2015-06658.pdf

Text of final regulations, nearly 400 pages in length, relating to hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas exploration on public and Indian lands.  The rules are designed to protect community water supplies and require more public information about chemicals and methods used for extraction.  From the Interior Department

 

Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Canada,Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Geology/Mining,Russia,Science/Technology

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41153.pdf

Reviews climate and political changes relating to the Arctic, the scramble among Arctic countries for mineral rights, and other potentially destabilizing issues.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Executive Order: Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade

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

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/03/19/executive-order-planning-federal-sustainability-next-decade

Directive from President Obama that sets goals for the next decade of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by federal agencies by 40% and increasing the use of clean energy resources by 25%.  Also calls for cutting energy use in federal buildings, decreasing federal vehicle emissions, and reducing water use in federal buildings. From the White House

 

2014 Annual Report of the Government of the United States of America for the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights Initiative

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Energy,Foreign Affairs,Geology/Mining

http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/vprpt/2014/239362.htm

Describes U.S. efforts in the past year to promote principles that guide oil, gas, and mining companies in providing security for their operations in a manner that respects human rights.  From the State Department

 

Direct Federal Financial Interventions and Subsidies in Energy in Fiscal Year 2013

Categories: Energy,Govt Finance

http://www.eia.gov/analysis/requests/subsidy/pdf/subsidy.pdf

Provides data on federal government programs that provide financial benefits to the energy sector with a focus on subsidies for electricity production and federal electric utilities.  From the Energy Information Administration

 

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