Archive | July, 2014

Proposed EU Sanctions: What’s In? What’s Out?

On July 25, the EU Coreper (the committee of permanent member state representatives, aka “ambassadors”) met and discussed new Russian sanctions. Documents drawn up prior to the meeting were leaked to the press, and initial news reports indicated that the proposed sanctions could slow down Gazprom’s South Stream gas pipeline to Europe and Novatek’s Arctic […]

Categories: Europe, Russia

LNG Allies Receive Legislative Update Briefing

On Wed. July 23, representatives from six European embassies and some 20 companies/associations attended the inaugural Capitol Hill event sponsored by LNG Allies. Attendees heard Sen. Mark Udall discuss the LNG export issue and received an update from two professional staff members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee—Jan Brunner, Senior Majority Counsel for […]

Categories: Congress, Legislation, U.S. Senate

Markey Holds Energy/Climate Hearing

The Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs, International Environmental Protection, and Peace Corps of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on Tue. July 22 entitled: U. S. Security Implications of International Energy and Climate Policies and Issues. Senators present at the hearing including Ed Markey (D-MA) the subcommittee chair, John Barrosso […]

Categories: Climate Change, Energy Security, Europe, U.S. Senate

Life Cycle GHG Emissions from Shale Gas

On Mon. July 21, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America posted (ahead of print) an important research paper entitled: Harmonization of Initial Estimates of Shale Gas Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Electric Power Generation. The report includes the following conclusion: After harmonization, we find that per […]

Categories: Climate Change, N.A.S.

Farewell My Old Viking Friend

One of the little known facts about Iceland is that the language is the closest to the original Viking, and—during my stint representing Iceland’s Minister of Fisheries—I was always bemused when the visiting Icelandic delegation would just start speaking in their native tongue rather than step out of the room if they needed to do a “sidebar” […]

Categories: Iceland

Congress Headed for August Recess

Members of the Senate and House of Representatives have less than two weeks to go before adjourning for their traditional August recess (which this year runs from Aug. 1 to Sept. 6). Given the abbreviated time frame before members return to their states/districts it is uncertain whether we will see further action on the LNG […]

Categories: Congress, Legislation, U.S. Senate

Markey to Hold Second SFRC Hearing

The subpanel of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) which is chaired by LNG exports skeptic Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), will hold a hearing on Tues. July 22 entitled: U.S. Security Implications of International Energy and Climate Policies and Issues. Markey, who did not attend the July 8 SFRC hearing on Renewed Focus on European […]

Categories: Climate Change, Oversight, U.S. Senate

Another LNG Export Bill Introduced in Congress

Four Senate Republicans—John Hoeven (ND), John McCain (AZ), Lisa Murkowski (AK), and John Barrasso (WY) introduced S. 2592, the “North Atlantic Energy Security Act,” on Thurs., July 10, to “cut the red tape holding up energy production and infrastructure development, reduce flaring, and expedite LNG exports to America’s allies.” S. 2592 has three main elements. It would: […]

Categories: Congress, F.E.R.C., Japan, Legislation, N.A.T.O., U.S. Senate, Ukraine

Nuland’s Energy Remarks in Croatia

Energy remarks made by Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs – Dubrovnik, Croatia (July 11) Keynote Address at the Croatia Forum Now more than ever, we have to work to secure Europe’s energy security by ensuring diversity of supply, building up reverse flow capabilities and storage capacity and creating deeper networks […]

Categories: Croatia, D.O.S., Energy Security, Europe

Major Canadian LNG Export Paper Released

The School of Public Policy of the University of Calgary released a major research paper this week entitled: Risky Business, the Issue of Timing, Entry, and Performance in the Asia-Pacific LNG Market. Key conclusions: “Timing is one of the key challenges Canada faces. Producers around the world—including in the newly gas-rich United States—are racing to […]

Categories: Asia, Canada, Global Market

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