Carnegie Oil Initiative


New oils are emerging in the United States and worldwide. The degree to which global oils differ from one another is increasing, from carbon-laden oils that resist flow to ultra-light petroleum liquids trapped in tight shale oil. Developing these unconventional oils requires a clear departure from business-as-usual practices. The Carnegie Oil Initiative provides expert analysis, strategic guidance, and policy frameworks to manage new oil assets while protecting the climate.

Carnegie Experts on Oil

  • David Burwell
    Energy and Climate Program

    Burwell is director of the Energy and Climate Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He 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
    Senior Associate
    Energy and Climate Program

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


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