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|September 17, 2019||Climate Denialism, Florida, and the Future of Climate Politics||Rafe Pomerance||Rafe Pomerance, an early campaigner for climate action and the subject of Nathaniel Rich’s book Losing Earth, discusses the increasingly pivotal role of climate change in U.S. electoral politics.|
|May 28, 2019||Why Coal Persists||Anna Mikulska||Global demand for coal is projected to persist over the next 20 years, with dire implications for climate. A look at why coal use endures, and what might be done to limit its use.|
|May 15, 2019||What’s the FERC, and How Is It Shaping Our Energy Future? (Part 2)||Colette Honorable||Former FERC Commissioner Colette Honorable discusses the agency’s challenging relationship with the states over clean energy subsidies and their potential impact on the nation’s electricity markets.|
|April 30, 2019||What’s the FERC, and How Is It Shaping Our Energy Future? (Part 1)||Colette Honorable||Former FERC Commissioner Colette Honorable explains the work of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and its often contentious role in shaping the future of U.S. electricity and natural gas systems.|
|March 19, 2019||200 Years of Energy History in 30 Minutes||Jesús Fernández-Villaverde||The current energy transition is fraught with economic and social implications, not to mention abundant political squabbles. An economist looks at the past 200 years of global energy history and finds that difficult transitions are nothing new.|
|March 5, 2019||Can Norway’s State Oil Company Be A Climate Champion?||Stephen Bull||Norway is pursuing a future rich in fossil energy and climate solutions. Can its oil company, Equinor, reconcile these priorities and continue to reliably finance the country’s expansive social welfare system? Equinor’s clean energy chief weighs in.|
|January 22, 2019||Where Does the Defense Department Really Stand on Climate?||Mark Nevitt||Congress has played down climate change while demanding that the Pentagon tackle climate-related security risks. A former DOD environmental lawyer looks at military efforts to address climate, and political mine fields along the way.|
|October 30, 2018||The Battle Over Methane Leaks||Catherine Hausman, Ben Ratner||As Washington relaxes standards governing methane leaks, oil and gas industry leaders pledge to limit emissions. An economist and an environmental advocate examine the impact of methane leaks, and the credibility of industry efforts to contain them.|
|June 26, 2018||Trade Policy, Markets Trump Administration’s Fossil Fuel Efforts||Michael Maher, Anna Mikulska||President Trump has acted to boost fossil fuel development in the U.S. But market forces, and disruptive trade policies have more than offset the administration’s pro-oil and coal efforts.|
|June 12, 2018||Alaska in Energy Spotlight as New Arctic Drilling Looms||Lois Epstein||In the coming years 1.6 million acres of formerly protected Alaskan wilderness will be the site of new oil exploration and drilling. Can the state balance energy development and its environmental heritage?|
|January 31, 2018||Envisioning a Low Carbon, Lowest Cost Grid||Jesse Jenkins||Today’s electric grid will need to be reimagined to deliver carbon-free power. MIT’s Jesse Jenkins talks about what a deeply decarbonized electricity system might look like, and how to build it at lowest cost.|
|January 16, 2018||The Local View of Fracking||Daniel Raimi||The view of Americans on the environmental and economic implications of fracking continues to be sharply divided a decade after the shale revolution began. But the author of a new book, The Fracking Debate, finds more nuanced perspectives in wellhead communities.|
|September 19, 2017||Where Coal Mining Brings Environmental Benefits||Greg Driscoll, John Stefanko||Can tightly regulated coal mining help undo decades worth of environmental damage caused by the coal industry? A Pennsylvania DEP official, and a mining executive, discuss efforts to remediate water and land in the state’s Anthracite coal region.|
|May 16, 2017||Carbon Capture’s Clean Coal Ambition||John Quigley||Carbon capture and storage has the potential to dramatically reduce the carbon emissions from the burning of coal. Yet the technology’s boosters need to overcome high costs, and major infrastructure challenges, if they’re to make a dent in emissions.|
|May 1, 2017||Fossil Fuel Subsidies: Should they Stay or Should they Go?||Gilbert Metcalf||Fossil fuel tax breaks cost the U.S. $4 billion per year. A former Treasury Department Environment and Energy official looks at whether that’s money well spent.|
Podcast Producer & Host
Since the first season of our podcast series, Andy Stone has directed each episode of Energy Policy Now—defining topics, inviting guests, and leading informative conversations.
Energy Policy Now Host and Producer
Andy Stone is producer and host of Energy Policy Now, the Kleinman Center’s podcast series. He previously worked in business planning with PJM Interconnection and was a senior energy reporter at Forbes Magazine.