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Natural Gas Markets Beyond COVID-19

Anna Mikulska
International natural gas prices have fallen due to the COVID-19 pandemic but also because of larger and more complicated factors. Disentangling those various considerations can be helpful when trying to assess future developments in natural gas trade.
Liquid Natural Gas storage tanks and tanker

Bailout or Subsidy: Oil in the Age of Pandemic

Kleinman Center Staff
COVID-19 is disrupting all sectors of the global economy, including the oil industry. How should the government respond to fossil energy companies amid growing concerns over demand and storage?
Arial view of oil storage tanks

Study Reveals Wavering In Conservative Climate Beliefs

Andy Stone
New research on climate change beliefs shows that conservative Republicans are less certain of their views, with 41% of conservatives shifting their views at some point over the study period.
Climate change protest sign

Will an Election or Pandemic Derail Poland-U.S. Energy Cooperation? Nope.

Anna Mikulska & Wojciech Jakobik
With the world in upheaval, Poland is still poised for a steady energy policy path.
Polish flag against blue sky

From Apples to Electricity: The Underappreciated Potential of Gravity Storage

Oscar Serpell
Using gravity as a method of energy storage may seem crude, but it actually solves many of the biggest storage challenges we face today.
Energy Vaults design for a gravity storage system

How Will the Solar Market React to ITC Cuts?

Felipe Flores-Golfin
Since 2005, the solar industry has benefited from the federal Investment Tax Credit. This year marks the first cuts. What impacts will this have on solar adoption?
Solar panels on a red roof

A Preview of Key Energy Challenges for the 2020s

Andy Stone
What are the challenges that will likely define energy in the 2020s? And how can we collectively respond to these challenges in a way that positively impacts future generations?
Utility poles and wires in front of sunset

An Urgent Need for a Clean Energy Transition

Mollie Simon
With diverging political opinions and waning public concern, the clean energy transition needed to thwart climate change has not progressed fast enough. Visiting Scholar Dan Kammen makes the case that our future depends on an urgent response to these challenges.
Wind turbines above the clouds

After Explosion, Philadelphia Refinery to Be Permanently Shut Down

Andy Stone
In the months since the PES Refinery explosion, a dramatic struggle has been underway over the fate of the site. All eyes are on Philadelphia to see how the transition plays out.
PES Refinery

Exploring a Tool to Curb Climate Change: Direct Air Capture

Mollie Simon
We are behind the ball when it comes to achieving our collective climate goals. Negative emissions technologies, such as direct air capture, can potentially help make up for hard-to-eliminate carbon emissions.
Jennifer Wilcox lecturing at the Kleinman Center


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