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- Public interest models: a powerful tool for the advocacy agenda
- Public interest modeling is the entry point, not the grand finale, of transparency work
In a blog post last week I asked why the United States' implementation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) should be limited to federal lands, responsible for about 30% of oil and gas production, and not cover private or state-owned areas, where most US oil and gas are produced. Today I look in more detail at whether the federal government could force states to adopt EITI-type reporting standards for their oil, gas and mineral revenues. My research has shown that, legally, the US Congress probably could pass such legislation and enforce it through one of many federal agencies.