Use of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace's new Oil-Climate Index is illuminating. The index measures lifetime emissions of different crudes and should be a valuable guide for activists as to which types of production to target. Instead, the bulk of the index's usage has come from investors and energy companies, says Deborah Gordon, the index's architect.
For the last several years, her team, including Joule A. Bergerson from the University of Calgary and Jonathan Koomey from Stanford University, has been trying to develop an Oil-Climate Index that looks at the life-cycle greenhouse-gas emissions from different oils.
Deborah Gordon, director of the energy and climate program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, commented, “When the Rockefellers first made climate allegations against Exxon, I was dubious their strategy would be productive. But ... I’m rethinking my skepticism.”
“It’s crazy for an environmentally conscious state to keep putting dirty fossil fuels into producing even dirtier fossil fuels,” says Deborah Gordon, director of the energy and climate program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. “The state has got to start to break the chain somewhere.”
While carbon dioxide is the primary concern with Canadian oil, methane is the issue with U.S. tight oils, said Deborah Gordon, director of the energy and climate program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
"Our refineries are creating more CO2 in the developing world, but they are the ones who have to account for it," said Deborah Gordon, director of the energy and climate program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. "You can clap your hands and say bravo to the U.S. power sector, but it doesn't mean we can say this offsets that — even in our country."
Steve Inskeep talks former Secretary of State John Kerry about President Trump's decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord — a plan that would reduce greenhouse emissions.
The former Secretary of State reacts to the U.S. withdrawing from the climate deal saying, "The president who talked about putting America first has now put America last."
Former US Secretary of State John Kerry tells the BBC's Katty Kay withdrawal from the Paris climate accord is a "gross abdication" of leadership.
John Kerry was secretary of state when the Paris climate agreement was signed. He spoke with Anthony Mason about President Trump's announcement that the U.S. will withdraw from the agreement.