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Analysis & Opinions - The National Interest

Where Should Nuclear Waste be Dumped?

| May 26, 2015

MTA/ISP Research Fellow Behnam Taebi and former Research Fellow and Associate Kathleen Araújo explore lessons learned from early adopters of consent-based processes in nuclear waste decisions. They argue, whatever waste sites are evaluated, public consent must more fully be taken into account for there to be any chance of durable buy-in.

Analysis & Opinions - The Boston Globe

Shell's Arctic Troubles Only Buy Time

| January 10, 2013

"...[T]o believe that the market will maintain its current risk assessment forever is to believe in the power of magical thinking. The economic and political stakes are overwhelmingly in favor of drilling. The White House is pushing for domestic sources of energy. Alaska's elected and tribal leadership will gain much from taxes on new economic activity. And our foreign competitors near the Arctic circle — including Russia, which sent an oil tanker through the Arctic during in December — are ready to plunge into the cold."

Analysis & Opinions - WBUR

Debate Dominated By Issues Important To Voters In Swing State Ohio

| October 17, 2012

"...[T]he subtext of this second presidential debate was all Ohio, all the time. At every opportunity the two candidates came back to the three C's that matter in Ohio — cars, China and coal. If this seemed a little strange to everyone else in the country it made perfect sense in the dynamic of this campaign....By the time the second debate rolled around last night, though Obama still held an edge in the electoral college, the race had gotten so close that it looked like it was coming down to who could win Ohio."

Analysis & Opinions - The Boston Globe

Energy Policy Shows Fallacy of a 'Domestic' Debate

| October 1, 2012

"But nowhere is the divide between domestic and foreign so artificial than in the area of energy policy. It is in this arena that the debates over domestic fracking, environmental harms, dependency on foreign oil, geopolitical threats, global warming, melting glaciers, and a host of other head-scratching policy problems come together — proving that the distinction, in Wednesday's debate, between domestic and foreign policy is about as definitive as sand on the shoreline."

Capt. Robert Shaw plugs a cord into this Fuel Efficient Demonstrator vehicle, Apr. 11, 2012 in Warren, Mich. The U.S. Army unveiled a new lab that can simulate desert heat & extreme cold in order to save energy & make combat vehicles fuel-efficient.

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Analysis & Opinions - The Boston Globe

The Pentagon is Stopped from Going Green

| June 7, 2012

"Fuel convoys are particularly subject to attack by hostile forces, and half of the Marines killed in Afghanistan and Iraq were supporting fuel transportation. Oil and water are the two commodities we import the most to the battlefield; the long line of a supply chain is a welcome mat for every IED and enemy. The biggest cost driver in the Pentagon's shrinking budget is oil; fuel increases in 2011 and 2012 cost the government an extra $3 billion."

Demonstrators against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, protest outside the law offices of Nebraska Speaker of the Legislature Mike Flood, in Norfolk, Neb., Oct. 11, 2011.

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Analysis & Opinions - The Boston Globe

States Jockey in a Modern-day Gold Rush

| October 20, 2011

The possibility of real and present jobs is changing the domestic energy narrative. The historical debate has been a caricature of big-business lobbyists against environmentalists. This is how it seemed to play out when President Obama recently postponed the EPA's planned new ozone standards; Obama had simply bent over to the will of the rich and powerful industry. But look again: In reality, most states are demanding regulatory reform to also help lower their unemployment rates and bring in some cash.

A Northeast Natural Energy natural gas well , top, seen from Morgantown, W.V., on Aug. 6, 2011. The well is the subject of a dispute over a drilling ban recently enacted by Morgantown, which is directly across the Monongahela River from it.

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Analysis & Opinions - The Boston Globe

Re-thinking the Fracking Debate

| August 22, 2011

"Natural gas is a big deal, and fracking has transformed energy policies. Natural gas now constitutes 25 percent of US energy consumption. In only 10 years, shale gas, released through fracking, has risen from 2 to 30 percent of all natural-gas production. Shale depositories in states as geographically diverse as Texas, Montana, and New York have made the US essentially self-sufficient in natural-gas production, and even potentially an exporter of the commodity."

French Mirage 2000 jet fighters are lined up awaiting a mission to Libya, at Solenzara 126 Air Base, Corsica island, France, Mar. 23, 2011.

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Analysis & Opinions - The Boston Globe

France Seizes Moment in Libya

| March 28, 2011

"With France as the unstated leader, the Mediterranean Union is also animated by a hope to stabilize the region, improve it economically and thus slow the flow of illegal Arab immigration, and provide an alternative to extremism and terrorism. A modern and open Libya, brought to the world by France, would be a major step toward a new European center of gravity, mainly France."

The PPL Corporation's Susquehanna nuclear power plant is shown near Berwick, Pa., in this 2005 photo.

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Analysis & Opinions - The Boston Globe

Can the US Handle a Nuclear Disaster?

| March 15, 2011

"Residents near the Pilgrim nuclear plant in Massachusetts, and those within the 10-mile radiation zone of Vermont Yankee and Seabrook, N.H., are used to preparing themselves and seeking assistance from the government with training and drills, access to medication, and evacuation plans. They may not be completely confident in the government's planning, but they aren't completely dependent on it, either."

A cargo ship transits the Suez Canal at Suez, Egypt, Feb. 2, 2011. Oil prices fell as investor fears that chaos in Egypt could disrupt the 2 million barrels of crude per day that transit the Suez Canal and an adjacent pipeline eased.

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Analysis & Opinions - The Boston Globe

Turning Fledgling Concepts into Reality

| February 21, 2011

"From the perspective of national security, independence from oil imports in the Middle East is necessary; our complicated relations with nations such as Saudi Arabia are made worse by our complete dependence on their commodity. Even the revolution in Egypt has made oil companies worry about the continuing accessibility of the Suez Canal, a crucial route to the Atlantic Ocean."