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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...

Oct21

Washington State Technocrats Spurn the 'Alberta Approach'

Posted by Dillon Weber

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...

Oct20

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...

Oct17

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...

Oct13

Discussing the Politics of PA’s Energy Future

Posted by John Quigley, Senior Fellow

Some of the most “interesting” moments of my tenure as Secretary of Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) involved the politics that shape our state’s rapidly-changing energy future. A year ago, during a public listening session on the Clean Power Plan, I was physically threatened by a climate...

Oct13

The Natural Gas War on Coal

Posted by Christina Simeone

A study recently published in The Electricity Journal, written by two researchers (Dr. Walter Culver and Dr. Mingguo Hong) at Case Western Reserve University, is using data to confirm what many already believed to be true—that low priced natural gas, not a political “war on coal,” is leading to a decline in U.S. coal...

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