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|October 29, 2019||The Rise of Partisan Politics in Energy Regulation||Cheryl LaFleur||Cheryl LaFleur, former commissioner with the U.S.’ top electricity and gas market regulator, talks about the growing influence of partisan politics in energy regulation.|
|October 15, 2019||The Path Forward for Grid Electricity Storage||Ken Kulak||Battery storage will play a central role in decarbonizing the nation’s electric grid, yet the rules by which batteries will compete in electricity markets have yet to be agreed upon.|
|October 9, 2019||Debunking the ‘War on Coal’||Cary Coglianese , Daniel Walters||The Trump administration blames the decline in America’s coal industry on a regulatory “war on coal.” Yet investor reaction to regulatory announcements doesn’t support that view.|
|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.|
|July 23, 2019||How the Democratic-Republican Climate Rift Became Political Reality||Riley Dunlap||Over the past half-century, Americans have become increasingly polarized over the issues of environment and climate change. A pioneer in the field of environmental sociology discusses how views on climate have become an essential element of party ideology, and what it means for the 2020 election.|
|July 9, 2019||Breaking America’s Nuclear Waste Impasse||Allison Macfarlane||Former NRC Chairman Allison Macfarlane discusses four decades of failed efforts to find a permanent disposal solution for America’s civilian nuclear waste and new thinking, based on successful disposal efforts in the military and overseas, that could lead to a workable solution.|
|June 25, 2019||Does Attribution Science Give Climate Litigators a Smoking Gun?||Michael Burger, Peter Frumhoff||Climate attribution science allows connections to be made between extreme weather events and a warming climate. The science is also being used to trace climate change to the activities of specific industries and companies, potentially generating evidence to fuel climate litigation.|
|June 11, 2019||Three Pathways to Uphold America’s Paris Commitment||Matthew Binsted, Brad Townsend||Can consumers take the lead in reducing U.S. carbon emissions in the absence of strong federal climate policy? New research takes a look at three aggressive pathways for the U.S. to meet the Paris goals.|
|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.|
|April 17, 2019||An Inside Look at the UN’s Effort to End Energy Poverty||Rachel Kyte||Rachel Kyte, a leader of the United Nations’ effort to eradicate energy poverty within a decade, discusses the challenge of providing universal energy access while limiting climate impacts.|
|April 2, 2019||A Hard Look at Negative Emissions||Glen Peters||Much faith is being put in the ability of negative emissions technologies to slow the pace of climate change. Glen Peters of Norway’s Center for International Climate Research looks at the potential of negative emissions strategies, and the steep challenges to implementing them.|
|March 19, 2019||200 Years of Energy History in 30 Minutes||Jesus Fernandez-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.|
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.