"On the margin, it is possible that some investment into clean energy is slowing down due to falling fossil fuel prices," David Livingston, an associate in the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Energy and Climate Program, said by email. "I would expect the most impact in areas where clean energy is attempting to compete with fossil fuels."
But analysts such as David Livingston, a climate expert at the Washington-based Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, argue China's actions are driven predominantly by the desire to redress the issue of local air pollution, rather than exclusively to address global climate change.
"As we learn more about the specific impacts of climate change, we are realizing just how vulnerable Southeast Asia is," David Livingston, an associate at the Energy and Climate Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, told DW.
Wang Tao, a researcher on energy and climate change issues at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy in Beijing, said in an interview: "It’s not surprising if we’re talking about a reduction in coal consumption, but overall emissions would be another issue ... It’s likely it will be bumping back. We will probably still maintain a lower growth rate of emissions for maybe years to come.”
David Livingston comments on OPEC’s influence on the oil market.
"From the perspective of New Delhi, it bears little responsibility for the exponential increase in greenhouse gas emissions since the industrial revolution, and also has very little capacity to address the problem when much of the country still lives in abject poverty and hundreds of millions of Indians still lack access to electricity," David Livingston ... told DW.
At a solo talk entitled “Renewables Aren’t Solving Oil Yet. What Can?”, David Livingston of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace discussed how various oil companies rebranded themselves as “energy” companies after the 1970s oil crisis, leading many to believe the 1980s would herald an alternative energy future.
“We have seen difficulties in various pilot provinces in compliance and accuracy measures about emissions,” said Wang Tao, a resident scholar in the Energy and Climate Program based at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy in Beijing.
For this infographic, we used an average of the range of CO2e emissions associated with five different types of oil, as reported by the Carnegie Endowment for World Peace.
The OCI is intended to be a transparent tool for investors, policymakers, industry, the public, and other stakeholders to compare crudes and assess their climate consequences before development decisions are made as well as once operations are in progress.