Creating a National Dialogue About  Sustainable Green House Gas Reduction
Energy / Environment / Environmental Regulation

Creating a National Dialogue About Sustainable Green House Gas Reduction

As star-studded protests are lining the streets of New York in Manhattan and on Wall Street, it appears that an international debate has been stirred about the importance of protecting the environment. However, while the United Nations met this week to discuss how this goal can be reached, the reality of a national debate in … Continue reading

Natural Gas: A Fuel to Rule Them All?
Energy / Politics

Natural Gas: A Fuel to Rule Them All?

Hardly a day goes by where a new story trumpeting the American natural gas “revolution” isn’t prominently displayed in the newspaper: talk of exports is reemerging after decades; the price of natural gas for electricity has dropped by half between its 2008 high and 2013; IHS estimates that unconventional drilling supports 1.7 million jobs. Furthermore, … Continue reading

An Incomplete Pivot?
Central Asia / China / Energy / Foreign Policy

An Incomplete Pivot?

Obama’s “pivot” towards East Asia is, by most accounts, a strategy meant to reassure American allies in the region and to warily contain China. However, in choosing to focus on the Pacific, the administration is perhaps overlooking the importance of energy security to achieving its strategic aims. China has been moving aggressively in this regard, … Continue reading

Oh! The Places LNG Will Go!
America / Energy / Environment / National Security

Oh! The Places LNG Will Go!

News that Sempra Energy became the second company to secure all the permits necessary for building the facilities to export natural gas has pushed the debate over energy exports into the fore once again. Geopolitical risk in Europe and Asia, growing economies in the developing world, and worries about climate change ensure that the energy … Continue reading

The EPA’s War on American Workers
Energy / Environment / Politics

The EPA’s War on American Workers

President Obama has made reducing income inequality a common theme in his second-term speeches and policy proposals, and has cited inequality as “the defining challenge of our time.” His administration’s recently proposed carbon regulations, however, will increase prices for consumers and lay off thousands of workers, disproportionately hurting low-income and middle-class Americans. This month, the … Continue reading