Center for American Progress. June 25, 2012.
The authors explain how a long-term phase-in of renewable energy sources and a subsequent rebalancing of fossil fuels sourced from the federal estate will help ensure that public land is used for the public good. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2012/06/pdf/public_lands.pdf [PDF format, 44 pages].
U.S. Energy Information Administration. June 2012.
The Outlook focuses on the factors that shape the U.S. energy system over the long term. Under the assumption that current laws and regulations remain unchanged throughout the projections, the AEO2012 Reference case provides the basis for examination and discussion of energy production, consumption, technology, and market trends and the direction they may take in the future. It also serves as a starting point for analysis of potential changes in energy policies. It also includes 29 alternative cases, which explore important areas of uncertainty for markets, technologies, and policies in the U.S. energy economy. Many of the implications of the alternative cases are discussed in the “Issues in focus” section of this report.
http://www.eia.gov/forecasts/aeo/pdf/0383%282012%29.pdf [PDF format, 252 pages].
Pew Internet & American Life Project. June 22, 2012.
Some 12% of Americans ages 16 and older who read e-books say they have borrowed an e-book from a library in the past year. Most e-book borrowers say libraries are very important to them and their families and they are heavy readers in all formats, including books they bought and books lent to them. E-book borrowers say they read an average (the mean number) of 29 books in the past year, compared with 23 books for readers who do not borrow e-books from a library. Perhaps more striking, the median (midpoint) figures for books reportedly read are 20 in the past year by e-book borrowers and 12 by non-borrowers. But most in the broader public, not just e-book readers, are generally not aware they can borrow e-books from libraries. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
http://libraries.pewinternet.org/files/legacy-pdf/PIP_Libraries_and_Ebook_Patrons%206.22.12.pdf [PDF format, 80 pages].
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. June 20, 2012.
The paper urges the 112th U.S. Congress to modernize the current U.S. agriculture, nutrition, and food sector to be more efficient and cost-effective, and provide more than $31 billion in deficit reduction over the next decade. It also offers recommendations on how Congress can protect the farm and nutrition safety net for the American families and enhance the U.S. agriculture’s global competitiveness while reducing agriculture’s cost to American taxpayers. [Note: contains copyrighted material].