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...


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...


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...


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...


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,...


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.”...


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...


Washington State Technocrats Spurn the 'Alberta Approach'

Posted by Dillon Webber

America’s electoral system is frequently critiqued for giving too much power to voters in swing states in Presidential elections, but this year voters in a strongly liberal state may have more impact on U.S. energy policy than any vote for who sits in the oval office. Initiative Measure-732 (I-732), on the ballot in...


What I Learned From a Major Oil and Gas Company

Posted by John Quigley, Senior Fellow

I think it’s safe to say that “fracking” is a controversial word.  Countries—and one U.S. state—have banned the practice, and a former presidential candidate made a national fracking ban part of his platform. The impacts of fracking continue to be a subject of study, debate, protest, and division here in Pennsylvania...


Progress in Improving Ukrainian Energy Security

Posted by William Hederman, Senior Fellow

As we hear of both new efforts by European leaders to push for peace and more dangerous posturing and saber-rattling between Ukraine and Russia—with Russia still occupying Crimea as Russian territory—we see the importance of energy to the geopolitics of Europe.  Russia provides vast amounts of gas and oil to countries...


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