Protecting Alaska’s Economic And Energy Future

Alaska stands at an economic crossroad. The state faces a multi-billion dollar deficit, historically low oil prices, and declining energy production; yet energy development is essential to its economy. Nevertheless, the federal government is poised to make decisions which could impact Alaska’s ability to access vast energy resources in the largely untapped Arctic, putting the …

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Is Big Oil Going Green With Carbon Capture Technology?

Exxon Mobil recently announced a renewed partnership with Fuel Cell Energy aimed at bringing Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) technology into mainstream usage. The two companies have been collaborating on the project for several years and the latest announcement may be seen as a re-affirmation of Exxon’s investment in the program. The process of carbon …

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Are Mergers All But Dead Under New Obama Rules?

The U.S. Justice Department today filed an anti-trust lawsuit aimed at preventing oil service company Halliburton Co. from taking over rival Baker Hughes in a deal valued at $34.6 billion. This comes in the wake of an announcement this week regarding Pfizer’s decision to call off its $152 billion merger with Allergan owning to new …

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The European energy union: A win for both continents

In a first step toward creating an integrated energy grid, the European Commission last week allocated € 200 million ($223 million) for cross-border energy infrastructure projects aimed at increasing the efficiency of energy transportation across European Union members. While these grants signal momentum toward a desired “Energy Union,” such a goal remains largely aspirational. Officially …

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McCown Publishes Report in European Energy Journal

The European Energy Journal, a top-tier quarterly journal focused on reporting developments in foreign energy law and policy, has featured Nouveau, Inc.’s latest report examining infrastructure challenges and opportunities in the European Union (EU). The report, “Energy (Dis)Union: Challenges and Opportunities in Europe’s Emerging Energy Market,” authored by Brigham McCown, Chairman and CEO of Nouveau, examines …

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McCown: Flint disaster runs deeper than tainted water

As lawmakers continue debating federal aid for those affected by the drinking water crisis in Flint, the city’s residents are still struggling with the effects of poor public policy decisions. Perhaps the most significant policy impacts resulting from the crisis are an increased focus on the vital importance of safe drinking water, the acute need …

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