The Climate Problem is a Coal Problem: PESD in Foreign Affairs
In the current issue of Foreign Affairs, Richard Morse argues that the climate problem is a coal problem, and that coal is not going away anytime soon. Any pragmatic strategy for confronting climate change therefore has to directly confront coal use in the developing world. Articulating new strategies for delivering emission reductions in the coal sector that don’t depend on a carbon price, Morse argues that coal may represent one of the largest and most cost effective opportunities for near-term emissions mitigation on a global scale.
Based on the research in Oil and Governance, PESD researchers Mark Thurber and David Hults argue that the incentives an NOC faces to take, avoid, or manage risk critically determine its strategy and whether it can achieve the particular goals of its host government. Read more »
On Tuesday, December 11, 2012, the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development will host an all-day conference on "The New U.S. Role in Global Fossil Fuel Markets" The conference session topics are: (1) the implications of the unconventional natural gas revolution for the U.S. energy industry and global natural gas trade; (2) the changing role of the U.S. in the global oil market, and its geopolitical and economic implications; (3) the future of the U.S. coal industry in the domestic and global energy industry; and (4) the trends in conventional fossil fuels and alternative energy sources uses in the transportation sector. Each session will feature a presentation by an academic or industry expert followed by discussants from the industry, policymaking, and academic communities, with an opportunity for audience comment and discussion. The conference will conclude with panel of distinguished industry experts addressing the question, “Will Natural Gas Become a Major Transportation Fuel in the U.S.?” Read more »