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Dec07

Change is Money in Climate Change

Posted by Yann Manibog, Guest Contributor

In 2015, the private sector funded only $25B in project-level equity of the $391B in global climate finance. The balance either flowed through government budgets and the multilaterals that use these funds, or balance sheet financing, which tends to support the lowest risk investments. This pales in comparison to the $...

Dec02

Will Pennsylvania Quake from Oil and Gas Wastewater Disposal?

Posted by John Quigley, Senior Fellow

On November 6, 2016, several dozen buildings in Cushing, Oklahoma sustained "substantial damage" during a 5.0 magnitude earthquake. The event was the latest of thousands of earthquakes that have hit The Sooner State in the last two years alone.  Oklahoma has, in fact, surpassed California as the most earthquake-prone...

Nov18

Inconsistencies in Trump’s Fossil Fuel Strategy

Posted by Christina Simeone

During his campaign, President elect Donald Trump developed an energy agenda that focused on expanding production of fossil fuels.  He has presented ideas to open up federal lands to energy production, relaxing or ending regulations pertaining to energy production and pollution, and facilitating and increasing energy-...

Nov16

Discussing the Future of PA’s Environment

Posted by John Quigley, Senior Fellow

President-elect Trump has promised an environmental policy agenda that includes, among other things: Pulling the U.S. out of the Paris climate deal, placing in peril international cooperation to combat climate disruption, to say nothing of future generations. Dismantling and de-funding the U.S. Environmental...

Nov15

The World Needs a New Gas Technology Center—How About Philly?

Posted by William Hederman, Senior Fellow

The Kleinman Center for Energy Policy welcomes Dr. Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), to Penn's campus on Nov. 17. This is an event for our entire city and region to celebrate.   Dr. Birol will receive the second annual Carnot Prize award. The first award went to Pulitzer Prize...

Nov14

What Will Happen to the Fight to Save the Climate Under President Trump?

Posted by John Quigley, Senior Fellow

President–elect Donald Trump has vowed to quickly remove the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate and bring back the glory days of coal in the United States. What will that mean for the global fight against climate disruption? What will it mean for Pennsylvania? Now, to be sure, many observers think that...

Nov10

Trump’s Energy Aspirations

Posted by Christina Simeone

During campaigns, politicians make a lot of promises about what they will achieve. The realities of political, legal, and other constraints often prevent realization of these promises. That being said, it is useful to understand a new leader’s aspirations, which will serve as to guide their policy agenda. Here is a...

Nov09

Redeveloping Philly’s Neighborhood Refinery

Posted by Christina Simeone

Back in a June blog post, I outlined some of the economic stresses impacting Philadelphia’s neighborhood refinery - Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES), a joint venture between Sunoco and the Carlyle Group - which included ending its bid to go public and reducing gasoline output due to low profit margins. Since June,...

Nov03

For Pollution Health Benefits, Nations Should Choose Nuclear

Posted by Mollie Simon

Last week, the Kleinman Center hosted Dr. Katherine Smith, a Senior Technology and Market Assessor for gemaker, Pty Ltd., a science and technology marketing company , who has twice held posts as a nuclear science and technology attaché for the Australian Government, for a lecture on “Why Some Nations Choose Nuclear.”...

Nov01

Can a Pencil Change Hydraulic Fracturing?

Posted by John Quigley, Senior Fellow

Nobel-ignorer Bob Dylan sang: “Now, a very great man once said. That some people rob you with a fountain pen.”  That very great man was, of course, Woody Guthrie. The adage “the pen is mightier than the sword” reminds us that writing—and the thinking behind it—can have more influence on the world than the use of force...

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