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GET TIMELY INSIGHTS. Our blog showcases a variety of voices from our home at the University of Pennsylvania—including faculty, students, staff, senior fellows, and visiting scholars. Opinions and perspectives are from the authors; not the Kleinman Center.

Dec13
2019

What’s Behind Poland’s Opposition to EU Climate Neutrality Agreement

Anna Mikulska
EU leaders have endorsed climate neutrality by 2050 but Poland remained opposed and was granted an exemption, citing mostly economic concerns in a country dominated by coal. Explore the politics behind Poland's opposition. 
Aerial view of coal extraction
Dec11
2019

With COP25 in Full Swing, a Look at Chile’s Energy Transition

Mary Lim
Through her Kleinman-Birol fellowship at the International Energy Agency, Mary Lim looked closely at Chile’s energy policies and objectives. With COP25 underway, explore how the host country is doing when it comes to their own climate targets.
Chilean flag with solar panels
Dec05
2019

This Energy Transition Is Different. Here’s Why

Andy Stone
Despite arguments to the contrary, we have to the tools at hand to get the job of energy transition done.
Two workers walk through a solar field
Nov25
2019

A Carbon Tax Won’t Kill the Economy

Andy Stone
Could the U.S. introduce a national carbon tax? A variety of carbon pricing legislation has been proposed but due to partisanship none are likely to come to fruition. 
Carbon dioxide price tags
Nov19
2019

Energy Week: Connecting Energy Science with Energy Policy

Mollie Simon
Energy Week at Penn highlights the impressive energy research at Penn and demonstrates how the brightest minds can pull together to join science and policy to solve complex issues and navigate an uncertain future.
The Energy Week Launch at the Kleinman Center Forum
Nov05
2019

The Partisan Threat to U.S. Energy Regulation

Andy Stone
On key policy matters, FERC is voting along party lines and can’t find middle ground, says former commissioner.
Former FERC Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur
Oct19
2019

Presidential Elections and Fracking in Argentina

Tulia G. Falleti
Regardless of who wins, Sunday's presidential elections will have little effect on the country's growing natural gas industry.
Voting ballot cast in front of Argentinian flag
Oct15
2019

The War on Coal That Never Was

Andy Stone
New research tracking Wall Street’s reaction to major federal environmental policy finds that the "war on coal" never, in fact, existed.
Coal mining shown from above
Oct10
2019

A Well-Deserved Nobel Prize

Oscar Serpell
The 2019 Nobel prize in chemistry goes to three chemists whose impact on global energy systems is only beginning to be felt. 
Small light bulb hangs in front of black background
Oct03
2019

Four Decades of Navigating Climate Politics

Mollie Simon
Speakers Rafe Pomerance and David Roberts discussed the history of climate action, and inaction, in the United States.
David Roberts, Rafe Pomerance, and Mark Hughes have a discussion at the Kleinman Center

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