Economy & Business

October 22, 2013

ELI Annual Award Dinner

ELI (the Environmental Law Institute) will present the 2013 Environmental Achievement Award to former US Secretary of State George P. Shultz and "green" philanthropist Thomas F. Steyer to recognize their outstanding leadership to reduce climate change and advance clean energy. The Award will be presented to Shultz and Steyer at ELI’s annual dinner on Tuesday evening, October 22 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.

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October 22, 2013

Interactive Forum on Corporate Environmental Management in the Era of Big Data

This half-day Environmental Law Institute conference in Washington, DC will include panel discussions on the applications and implications of big data for corporate environmental management, including a focus on traceability and food. Keynote speakers and panelists will include prominent corporate decision-makers, data scientists, practicing lawyers, academics and nongovernmental organization leaders. Open to the public; RSVP by Oct 16th.

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"Foreseeing Trouble in Exporting Natural Gas"

"MIDLAND, Mich. -- As Dow Chemical’s chief executive, Andrew N. Liveris has made himself into something of an outcast among his fellow business leaders. The reason? He is spearheading a public campaign against increased exports of natural gas, which he sees as a threat to a manufacturing renaissance in the United States, not to mention his own company’s bottom line."

Source: NY Times, 08/16/2013

"Interpol Targets Criminals Who Subvert Carbon Markets"

"LYON, France -- Securities fraud, insider trading, embezzlement, money laundering and cybercrime – the intangible nature of the global carbon trading markets puts them at risk for exploitation by criminal networks, according to a new law enforcement guide produced by Interpol."

Source: ENS, 08/13/2013

"During Domestic Drilling Boom, Why Are Gas Prices Still High?"

"The drilling processes of hydraulic fracturing – or 'fracking' — and horizontal drilling have made it possible to access previously unreachable deposits of fossil fuels, creating a surge in domestic oil and natural gas production. So why are prices at the gas pump still relatively high? (Last week, the average national gas price was $3.68 per gallon.)"

Source: StateImpact Texas, 08/02/2013

EPA Staff Report Contradicts Agency's Agnosticism on Fracking

Here's more evidence of why documents should be leaked to reporters: a Powerpoint obtained by LA Times' Neela Banerjee shows EPA's Region 3 staff argued a year ago for continuing its investigation of fracking pollution around Dimock, PA — as EPA HQ announced it was ending its study of Dimock wells. Now there's an echo in Pavillion, WY.

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