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    On the Loss of John Lichtblau and Robert Greco

    On a very sad note EPRINC recently lost two colleagues. Our former Chairman and current honorary Chairman, John Lichtblau, passed away on May 29, 2017. He was 94 years old.  On May 17, 2017 we lost Bob Greco, an EPRINC Distinguished Fellow. Bob was 57 years old.

    We’ve known both of these good men for more years than we can recall and we will miss much more than their good counsel. We will miss their intellectual curiosity, optimism and close friendship.

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    Lucian Pugliaresi Presents at the 2017 Washington Oil & Gas Forum

    On June 7, 2017 EPRINC’s President, Lucian Pugliaresi, presented at the 2017 Washington Oil & Gas Forum. A copy of his presentation can be found here.

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    Jeff Kissel, EPRINC Trustee, Interviewed on ThinkTech Hawaii

    Jay Fidel, the host of ThinkTech Hawaii interviews Jeff Kissel, EPRINC Trustee and former CEO of Hawaii Gas,  on the challenges in moving the State of Hawaii to 100 percent reliance on renewable fuels.  A link to the interview can be found here.

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    Federal Gasoline Taxes

    Nobody wants to see their gasoline taxes go up, but the federal excise tax on gasoline has remained at 18.4 cents a gallon since 1993. Could it play a role in helping to get tax reform approved and should it be adjusted at least for inflation? Lucian Pugliaresi, Larry Goldstein, and Will Pack take us through a short analysis on the gasoline tax, its upside as a revenue raiser and potential instrument for regulatory reform in the transportation fuels sector and its downside as a regressive tax. The paper can be found here.

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    Trump Administration Decides to Revisit Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards
    Lucian Pugliaresi and Max Pyziur penned an Op Ed in the The Hill outlining their views on why the Mid Term Evaluation (MTE)  on the efficacy of CAFE should get a full review.  Although many commentators have viewed the Trump Administration’s decision to proceed with a  full review of CAFE as a regulatory roll back, the decision merely restores the original agreement to give the program a full review in 2017 before giving the green light on the more stringent standards through 2025.  A link to their Op Ed in The Hill  can be found here and an EPRINC version of the Op Ed can be found here.
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    Carbon Taxes on Transportation Fuels
    If excise and road  taxes were converted to carbon taxes how much would drivers be paying? Will Pack and Steven Lee have a short note estimating the implicit carbon tax already in place for transportation fuels.  Any program to impose carbon taxes will have to consider that some fuels are already paying taxes.  A copy of the EPRINC note can be found here.
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    Challenges and Opportunities for the US Petroleum Industry

    Lucian Pugliaresi presented at the 8th Mediterranean Oil & Gas Forum 2017 held on March 1-2, 2017 in Nicosia, Cyprus. His remarks and presentation  covered the energy policies of the incoming administration of President Donald J. Trump. A copy of his presentation can be found here.

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    Challenges in Paying for Tax Reform
    Larry Goldstein takes a look at the challenges in paying for tax reform. If the border adjustment tax is dead, where do we go from here?  The carbon tax is unlikely to get much attention, so what about gasoline taxes?   Larry’s commentary on this important topic can be found here.
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    North American energy trade has been an enormous engine of economic growth and increased energy security and resiliency for all the trading partners in NAFTA.  Lucian Pugliaresi provides a commentary and why this issue should be given top priority to make sure it does not fall victim to populist sentiment. His commentary can be found here.
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    Lucian Pugliaresi presents at Energy 2017 in Mexico City on likely new energy policies from the Trump Administration
    Lucian Pugliaresi participated in a panel discussion at the Energy 2017 Congress in Mexico City between January 31-Feb 2.  He outlined both the challenges and opportunities for energy trade in North America as a result of likely policy changes from the recent U.S. Presidential election. A copy of his presentation can be found here.


Charles K. Ebinger Joins EPRINC as Distinguished Fellow

EPRINC is pleased to announce that Charles K. Ebinger (Charlie to us) has joined EPRINC as a Distinguished Fellow.  Charlie brings more than 30 years experience addressing the security, political, economic, environmental and foreign policy interrelationships surrounding domestic and international energy issues. He was recently Senior Fellow and Director of Brookings’ Energy Security Initiative. We look forward to drawing on Dr. Ebinger’s extensive experience and knowledge in the entire range of domestic and international energy issues. A copy of Charlie’s bio can be found here.


Is it Time for Regulatory Reform at EPA?
Scott Pruitt, the Attorney General of Oklahoma, has been nominated by President Trump to serve as the next Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.  He has been characterized as both anti-science and anti-environment, but the full story is a bit more complicated.  Lucian Pugliaresi, in a recent opinion piece for “The Hill,” outlines some of the reforms needed at EPA and why Pruitt might just be the right man for the job.  A link to the op ed can be found here.


Shale Well Productivity Assessment
Trisha Curtis, Non Resident Fellow at EPRINC, recently authored an assessment of US shale well productivity, published by our good friends at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies.  Improvements in shale well productivity will be the driving force behind the sustainability of the North American petroleum renaissance and Trisha’s work in this area is substantially lifting our understanding of these important trends.  You can download a copy of Trisha’s full report here.