Energy and Climate

The Carnegie Energy and Climate Program engages global experts working in energy technology, environmental science, and political economy to develop practical solutions for policy makers around the world. The program aims to provide the leadership and the policy framework necessary for minimizing risks stemming from global climate change and reducing competition for scarce resources.
In the spotlight

How Low Oil Price Will Impact Climate Change

There are four categories of crude oils that pose the biggest climate gamble. Unfortunately the market doesn’t necessarily and consistently factor in the environmental damage individual crudes cause.

Underestimating Oil and Water Challenges in the Northern Great Plains

An oil production boom in the Northern Great Plains is threatening the region’s water resources. Comprehensive management is needed to mitigate the risks.

Carlos Pascual on the New Geopolitics of Energy

Ambassador Pascual shared his perspectives on some of the key energy issues during his tenure at the Bureau of Energy Resources at the State Department.

China’s Oil Future

China has a nearly insatiable thirst for energy. The investments and oils pursued to meet this demand will have global economic, environmental, and security implications.

U.S. Crude Policy Driven by Data

The debate on oil exports necessitates more and better data than is currently available. The United States must be a global leader in the oil sector, which requires careful consideration of new and better data.

Should the United States Drop Its Oil Export Ban?

Managing the economic, security, and climate impacts of its new bounty of oils is the central energy challenge facing the United States.

Texas’s Oil and Water Tightrope

New oil extraction techniques used in Texas threaten the state’s precious water resources. Real trailblazing is needed to protect groundwater.

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

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

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    Unconventional Energy
    David Burwell December 6, 2012 E&E TV

    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.

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    From Conventional to Unconventional Oil
    Deborah Gordon September 12, 2012 U.S. Embassy Berlin

    The shift from extracting, processing, and consuming conventional fuel sources to unconventional oils carries a host of still unknown consequences for international economics, technology development, and the environment.

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    The Future of Unconventional Oil in the United States
    Deborah Gordon May 15, 2012 E&E News

    Significant policy, climate, and economic challenges face the use of unconventional oil as a new energy resource.

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    Carmageddon and Global Congestion
    Deborah Gordon July 15, 2011 NPR's To the Point

    As the recent freeway closure in Los Angeles draws attention to America's reliance on the automobile, it should also prompt policymakers to consider the long-term challenge of global automobile proliferation.

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    Russia's Climate Change Record
    David Burwell August 5, 2010 PRI's The World

    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.

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    China's Role at Copenhagen
    Taiya Smith October 15, 2009 The British Embassy's 100 Voices 100 Days

    China has a unique role to play at Copenhagen: it is not a developed country nor is it simply a developing country, but rather somewhere in the middle.

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    Oil Pricing
    Dadi Zhou November 25, 2008 China Radio International 中文

    With oil prices tumbling, some experts believe that this is the perfect time for China to reform its oil pricing mechanism, because a higher tax would currently inflict relatively little hardship on consumers. The government should use this rare opportunity to create a pricing system that better reflects the full economic and environmental costs of fuel production and consumption.

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    A World of Threats
    Jessica Tuchman Mathews September 4, 2008 Minnesota Public Radio

    Climate change is one of the most pressing threats the next president will face. While the current debate focuses on alternatives to oil, the next administration must recognize that the key priority is demand management.

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    China's Performance At Bali Talks
    William Chandler December 17, 2007 E&Etv's OnPoint

    One of the main issues facing the international community as it tries to create a post-2012 climate policy is how to engage developing economies like China and India. This is difficult because of the disparity between local and national governments in China when it comes to enforcing clean energy standards.


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Carnegie Experts on Energy and Climate

  • David Burwell
    Nonresident Senior Associate
    Energy and Climate Program

    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.

  • Deborah Gordon
    Energy and Climate Program

    Gordon is director of Carnegie’s Energy and Climate Program, where her research focuses on oil and climate change issues in North America and globally.

  • David Livingston
    Energy and Climate Program

    Livingston is an associate in Carnegie’s Energy and Climate Program, where his research focuses on trade, markets, and risk.

  • Jessica Tuchman Mathews

    Mathews is president of the Carnegie Endowment. Before her appointment in 1997, her career included posts in both the executive and legislative branches of government, in management and research in the nonprofit arena, and in journalism and science policy.

  • Wang Tao
    Resident Scholar
    Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy

    Wang, an expert on climate and energy issues, runs a program at the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy that examines China’s climate and energy policies, with particular attention to transportation and international climate negotiation.


About the Program

The Carnegie Energy and Climate Program engages global experts working on issues relating to energy technology, environmental science, and political economy to develop practical solutions for policymakers around the world. The program aims to provide the leadership and the policy framework necessary to minimize the risks that stem from global climate change and to reduce competition for scarce resources.

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