Duke Digest – April 28, 2014

In This Issue:

  • Duke Researchers Suggest “Tweak” to ACA Calorie Range Provision
  • OPINION: Duke Professors Argues a ‘No’ to Keystone XL May Mean ‘Yes’ to Uglier Alternatives
  • RESEARCH: Duke’s Nicholas Institute Study Explores How New and Forthcoming Air Regulation Impact Coal Plant Efficiency Gains
  • Deputy Energy Secretary Visits Campus
  • Duke Alum Named New White House Counsel
  • Registration Reminder for Duke Law D.C. Summer Institute on Law and Policy

Consumers could make more informed dietary choices if the calorie ranges currently required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were more specific, new research from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business finds.  Researchers found that calorie ranges  — for example, one burrito equals 410-1,185 calories — are best understood when consumers understand what ingredients make up the calories at the high and low parts of the range.

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Researchers Suggest Fixing Affordable Care Act’s Calorie Range Requirement (fuqua.duke.edu)

OPINION: Duke Professors Argues a ‘No’ to Keystone XL May Mean ‘Yes’ to Uglier Alternatives
Stephen R. Kelly, former U.S. diplomat in Canada and Mexico and the associate director of Canadian Studies at Duke University, writes in a The Globe and Mail op-ed, “The Obama Administration has again delayed a final decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, this time because of a lawsuit in Nebraska This news will likely have little impact on North American energy markets. Indeed, the project may no longer be needed, a state of affairs that environmentalists should regret even more than pipeline proponents.”

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Saying no to Keystone XL is saying yes to uglier alternatives (The Globe and Mail)

RESEARCH: Duke’s Nicholas Institute Study Explores How New and Forthcoming Air Regulation Impact Coal Plant Efficiency Gains
Forthcoming carbon dioxide regulations for existing power plants in the United States have heightened interest in thermal efficiency gains for coal-fired power plants. Plant modifications to improve thermal efficiency can trigger New Source Review (NSR), a Clean Air Act requirement to adopt state-of-the-art pollution controls. In an Energy Policy article, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions staff explore whether existing coal plants would likely face additional pollution control requirements if they undertake modifications that trigger NSR. This is an important consideration for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and state policymakers as they determine the extent to which carbon dioxide regulation will rely on unit-by-unit thermal efficiency gains versus potential flexible compliance strategies such as averaging, trading, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. 

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New Source Review and Coal Plant Efficiency Gains: How New and Forthcoming Air Regulations Affect Outcomes (nicholasinstitute.duke.edu)

Daniel Poneman visited campus on April 21, meeting in a roundtable with energy students, hearing from researchers and faculty who won support in the first round of grants made by the Energy Initiative’s energy research seed fund, and taking a firsthand look at energy- and defense-related research in labs at the Pratt School of Engineering.

Poneman also spoke to an audience at Sanford, praising Duke’s innovative energy research as essential to the future of energy security, sustainability and environmental safety.

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Energy Deputy Secretary: Duke’s Innovative Energy Research Essential to Security, Safety (pratt.duke.edu)

President Barack Obama has chosen W. Neil Eggleston (T ’75), a Clinton administration veteran with experience representing government officials in oversight investigations, as his next White House counsel, the White House said last week.

Eggleston, a partner at Kirkland & Ellis, will succeed Kathryn Ruemmler, who has led the counsel’s office for close to three years. Officials first confirmed her plans to leave last summer and return to private practice in New York, but she stayed longer at the president’s urging.

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President Obama Picks W. Neil Eggleston as New White House Counsel (Politico)

Course offerings in the Duke Law D.C. Summer Institute on Law and Policywill focus on topics important to current and aspiring practitioners in fields that require mastery of constitutional, statutory, and regulatory law and policymaking. The two sessions for the 2014 program are July 7-17, 2014, and July 21-July 31, 2014.  Each course is designed to offer undergraduates, recent graduates, and graduate students an accessible introduction to the pertinent legal and policy subject matter. Students who are potentially interested in attending law school are especially encouraged to enroll.