David Burwell

Nonresident Senior Associate
Energy and Climate Program
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Burwell focuses on the intersection between energy, transportation, and climate issues, as well as policies and practice reforms to reduce global dependence on fossil fuels.


JD, University of Virginia
BA, Dartmouth College




David Burwell focuses on the intersection between energy, transportation, and climate issues, as well as policies and practice reforms to reduce global dependence on fossil fuels.

Before joining Carnegie, he was a principal in the BBG Group, a transportation consulting firm that addresses climate, energy, and sustainable transportation policy with a particular focus on how climate and transportation policies can be better coordinated to promote sustainable development and successful communities. During his career, he served as co-founder and CEO of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and as founding co-chair and president of the Surface Transportation Policy Project, a national coalition for reforming transportation policy. A lawyer by training, he also worked for the National Wildlife Federation as director of its Transportation and Infrastructure Program.

He has served on the executive committee of the National Research Council’s Transportation Research Board (1992–1998) and is presently on the Board of Advisers of the Institute for Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis. He served in the Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa.

  • Op-Ed Huffington Post February 12, 2014
    Arctic Withdrawal?

    The challenges of drilling for oil in the Arctic can be summed up in two words: timing and risk. It now seems that these two factors are driving companies elsewhere.

  • Paper November 6, 2013
    The Politics of Plenty: Balancing Climate and Energy Security

    Unless Washington enacts a plan to simultaneously advance its competing energy and climate security objectives, it risks squandering the benefits of its new resources and suffering the disastrous effects of climate change.

  • Op-Ed Rockefeller Foundation October 1, 2013 中文
    Beijing: The City of Long Distances

    Redesigning Beijing’s transportation system could allow its inhabitants reduce car traffic and improve their own quality of life.

  • Op-Ed Hill March 12, 2013
    Transportation Energy Taxes Are Well Worth a Try

    Transportation energy taxes, when applied along the supply chain, can better allocate the costs of burning fuels, encourage efficiency, raise money for the U.S. transportation system, and help the planet.

  • Dangerous oil drilling will continue.
    Op-Ed Huffington Post January 22, 2013
    North to the Arctic

    Until U.S. tax and securities oversight laws level the playing field by rewarding energy companies for making bets on renewables and remove the incentives for going after ever more fossil fuels, drilling for oil in ever more dangerous places will continue.

  • Op-Ed Hill December 10, 2012
    The Need for Carbon Pricing—Now More Than Ever

    Technological breakthroughs in energy production are creating access to more domestic oil and gas, generating jobs, reducing the deficit and presenting a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to price carbon.

  • Op-Ed CNN December 5, 2012
    Cities Key to Beating Climate Change

    The present policy paradigm of national and international action to fight climate change doesn’t work. The only hope is for cities to support global efforts.

  • Global Ten November 29, 2012
    Managing the Unconventional Oil and Gas Bonanza

    President Obama must work with private, public, and nongovernmental organization leaders to develop a transparent carbon-pricing structure that advances national energy, economic, and climate security.

  • Op-Ed Huffington Post September 11, 2012
    Heat: A Bridge to Climate Consensus?

    Excessive heat is becoming a public health threat, especially in cities, but it may also be an opportunity for climate change believers, agnostics, and deniers to work together to address a common danger to modern society.

  • Op-Ed Streetsblog July 5, 2012
    Buck Up, Reformers: Despite the Hard Knocks, This Bill Is a Step Forward

    The U.S. highway funding bill traded the right to guaranteed funding for the opportunity to demand better outcomes from the overall program.

  • Voice of America December 7, 2012
    On The Line: Oil and Gas Bonanza

    Oil and gas supplies are booming around the world as new drilling technologies make it possible to recover untapped resources.

  • December 7, 2012
    On The Line: Oil and Gas Bonanza

    Oil and gas supplies are booming in the U.S. and around the world as new technologies make it possible to recover untapped resources, changing U.S. energy policy and geo-politics.

  • Oil abundance brings opportunities and challenges.
    E&E TV December 6, 2012
    Unconventional Energy

    Today's impasse in energy and cliamte policy in the United States presents an opportunity for presidental leadership as unconventional energy geographies shift to North America.

  • Smog from fires in Moscow
    PRI's The World August 5, 2010
    Russia's Climate Change Record

    Russia has acted to address climate change, but implementation remains problematic. The ongoing drought and forest fires are a wake-up call to the realities of climate change for both Russia’s public and its government officials.

  • January 31, 2014 Washington, DC
    United States Joins Push for Transparency in Extractive Industries

    The illicit capture of revenues from extractive industries continues to have a significant impact in countries around the world, including as a driver of international security.

  • June 21, 2013 Washington, DC 中文
    IEA Report Launch: Redrawing the Energy-Climate Map

    The International Energy Agency's special report, Redrawing the Energy-Climate Map, seeks to bring climate change back into the spotlight and provide analysis and insights intended to support great climate action by all nations.

  • Transport Beyond Oil
    March 22, 2013 Washington, DC
    Transport Beyond Oil

    Seventy percent of the oil America uses each year is consumed by transportation. Any effective strategy to meet U.S. and global climate protection goals therefore requires that oil consumption in the transport sector be significantly reduced.

  • March 7, 2013 Washington, DC
    Luncheon Keynote Address

    Former U.S. Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy provided an enlightened vision of the Chinese-American relationship and advocates the advancement of a strategically sustainable and mutually beneficial partnership for the 21st century.

  • March 7, 2013 Washington, DC
    The Management of Coal in the United States

    With low natural gas prices marginalizing the once prominent place of coal in American energy sources, domestically produced coal in the United States may find future markets abroad.

  • U.S.-China Coal Value Chain Exchange Conference
    March 7, 2013 Washington, DC
    U.S.-China Coal Value Chain Exchange Conference

    China and the United States are the world’s two largest coal producing economies and account together for more than 60 percent of global coal consumption.

  • January 24, 2013 Washington, D.C.
    The Next Generation of Russian Oil: Will the Future Be Unconventional?

    It remains to be seen whether Russia will continue to give high priority to Arctic oil development if the tight-oil revolution from North America spreads quickly to Russia, driving a renaissance of West Siberia.

  • January 14, 2013 Washington, D.C.
    Transatlantic Dialogue on Sustainable Urban Transport

    Establishing frameworks and institutions to guide the development of urban transport systems remains challenging at both the national and supranational levels.

  • January 9, 2013 Washington, D.C.
    Welcome and Confronting Complexity: Technological Oil Shifts and Climate Impacts

    It is important to confront complexity on the diverse array of 21st century oils and their impacts on climate change.

  • November 27, 2012 Washington, D.C.
    World Energy Outlook 2012

    The World Energy Outlook provides analysis and insight into global energy markets looking ahead over the next 25 years.

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