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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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.

The Complexities of U.S. Oil Exports

The burning question is whether America can manage the geoeconomic, security, and climate impacts of its new bounty of oils.

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.

Mapping California’s Oil-Water Risks

California’s Monterey shale is found in drought-prone agricultural and urban locations with limited water resources, necessitating careful water management and protective measures.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    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.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    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.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    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.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    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.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    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.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    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.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    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.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    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.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    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.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    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.

  • Event
    China’s Oil Future: Balancing Economic, Geopolitical, and Environmental Concerns
    Deborah Gordon, Mikkal Herberg, Wang Tao, Anthony Yuen May 8, 2014 Washington, DC

    China’s energy future will be shaped by its major oil ambitions, including the opportunity to exploit newly accessible domestic resources.

  • Event
    IEA Report Launch: Redrawing the Energy-Climate Map
    Fatih Birol, David Burwell, Daniel Poneman, Andrew Steer, Polly Trottenberg June 21, 2013 Washington, DC

    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.

  • Event
    Transport Beyond Oil
    Heather Boyer, Deborah Gordon, John Renne, Billy Fields, Deron Lovaas, Joanne Potter, Kevin Mills, Tony Hull, David Burwell, Kevin DeGood March 22, 2013 Washington, DC

    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.

  • Event
    U.S.-China Coal Value Chain Exchange Conference
    Kevin Tu, David Burwell March 7, 2013 Washington, DC

    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.

  • Event
    The Next Generation of Russian Oil: Will the Future Be Unconventional?
    Thane Gustafson, David Burwell, Deborah Gordon January 24, 2013 Washington, D.C.

    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.

  • Event
    Transatlantic Dialogue on Sustainable Urban Transport
    Shin-pei Tsay, David Burwell, Colin Hughes, Vincent Leiner, Siegfried Rupprecht January 14, 2013 Washington, D.C.

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

  • Event
    Unconventional Oil Symposium
    January 9, 2013 Washington, D.C.

    The array of emerging unconventional oils driven by the investment in new technologies is diverse in terms of resource geographies, make-ups, processing requirements, trade patterns, carbon emissions.

  • Event
    World Energy Outlook 2012
    Daniel Poneman, Maria van der Hoeven, Fatih Birol, Jessica Tuchman Mathews, David Burwell November 27, 2012 Washington, D.C.

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

  • Event
    Coal Value Chain Exchange and Climate Solutions Project
    Kevin Tu October 24, 2012 Beijing

    It is important to identify solutions to improve efficiency of the coal value chain, from mining and transport to end use, and to reduce coal’s impacts on the environment.

  • Event
    National Urban Transport Policy Symposium
    Shin-pei Tsay, David Burwell, Roy Kienitz, Philip Ryneveld, Beth Osborne, Phillipe Crist, Michael Replogle, Joshua Schank, Kumar Lohia, Annie Weinstock, Javier Bejos, Renato Boareto, Manfred Breithaupt, Amado Croda, Claudio Frederico, Domingos de Aguiar Neto, Walter Hook, Colin Hughes, Robert Puentes, Felipe Targa, Eduardo Vasconcellos October 12, 2012 Washington, D.C.

    The National Urban Transport Policy Symposium brought together transportation experts, officials, and politicians from around the world to examine shared challenges and opportunities in national urban transportation policy.


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Carnegie Experts on Energy and Climate

  • David Burwell
    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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