Setting a Hemispheric Energy Agenda

April 9, 2010

This posting is a guest contribution by Eric Farnsworth, Vice President of the Council of the Americas in Washington DC. It was originally published as a contribution to the AS-COA website.

Leaders from across the Americas will converge on Washington April 15 to 16 to promote the efficient production and consumption of clean energy. As a follow-on to the Summit of the Americas one year ago in Trinidad and Tobago, the Energy and Climate Ministerial of the Americas seeks to create an agenda based on energy efficiency, increased use of renewables, cleaner fossil fuels, infrastructure development, and universal access to energy resources. These are good and worthy goals. The question will be whether governments are prepared to move beyond aspirations and to build an agenda for cooperation and implementation, both with each other and also with the private sector. If they do, the hemisphere could play a leading role in global clean energy markets. If they don’t, the region will fall behind. Read the rest of this entry »


California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard hit the Energy Sector

October 18, 2009

This policy brief, which will be followed by two companion pieces, was commissioned by Oxford Analytica. The two other pieces, one dealing with the impact on Alberta’s oil sands and the other on Brazil potential ethanol exports will be posted in the next few days.

SUBJECT: The impact of the California Air Resources Board’s new fuel lifecycle assessment rules on the energy industry in North America. Read the rest of this entry »

Petrobras CEO Gabrielli on: Brazil energy outlook, the deal with China, biofuels and more…

August 13, 2009

Carin Zissis, guest contributor
This posting is a courtesy of the Americas Society/Council of the Americas and by permission of Petrobras.

“[W]e are far and ahead of almost all countries in the world in the use of renewable sources of energy right now.”

In an exclusive interview, Petrobras CEO and President José Sergio Gabrielli de Azevedo talked with AS/COA Online Managing Editor Carin Zissis about Brazil as one of the world’s top oil and ethanol producers, his firm’s business plan, and global partnerships. Read the rest of this entry »


Protectionism and the US Stimulus Package

August 5, 2009

Sergio Garcia and Steven D. Tibbets, guest contributors
Reed Smith Global Regulatory and Enforcement, Public Policy and Infrastructure Group, Client Bulletin

Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (“Recovery Act”), Public Law 111-5, billions of dollars will be used to purchase goods and services through a variety of government procurement, grant, and loan programs. A provision in the Recovery Act requires certain goods purchased using Recovery Act funds be American-made. Read the rest of this entry »


Peruvian Indigenous Land Conflict Explained

June 15, 2009

This posting is a guest contribution by Lila Barrera-Hernandez, an environmental and natural resources lawyer and author. It was also published at Americas Quarterly.

Few regions in the world are as richly endowed as the Peruvian Amazon. Beyond housing around 10 percent of the world’s biodiversity, Read the rest of this entry »