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.
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Know Your Oil: Creating a Global Oil-Climate Index

Oil is changing. Conventional oil resources are dwindling as tight oil, oil sands, heavy oils, and others emerge.

Oil-Climate Index Release

Oil is changing. The oils themselves, how they are extracted and processed, and the products into which they are made are shifting in substantial ways.

Beyond Oil Sands: The Carbonates are Coming

The Keystone XL pipeline is a canary in the mine. It is a warning of what’s to come.

Insecurity from Asia’s Growing Oil Imbalance

As many economies across Asia are slowing, it is an opportune time to think strategically about physical resource limitations, associated environmental concerns, and evolving geopolitical realities.

The Abundance of Oils in the Water-Stressed Rockies

Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming are stocked with about every type of unconventional oil known today. The states are also ground zero for new oil and water challenges.

The Curse of High and Low Energy Prices

American consumers, industries, and policymakers cannot allow themselves to be seduced by short-term, reactive thinking when it comes to oil.

Shaping U.S. Energy Policy For an Era of Energy Abundance

Oils are changing. A more complex array of hydrocarbon resources is replacing conventional oils. The truth is that precious little is known about these new resources.

Emission Intensity Standards and the Push for Cleaner Fuels

New policies can help promote the use of cleaner transport fuels. But as the European Union’s recent experience shows, they still face significant challenges.

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.

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    Industry Lacking Transparency
    Deborah Gordon March 11, 2015 Environment & Energy TV

    As the range of oils and extraction methods continues to evolve, how do various oils compare with one another on their climate impacts?

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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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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
    Distinguished Fellow

    Mathews is a distinguished fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She served as Carnegie’s president for 18 years.

  • 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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