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May 2nd, 2008

Does the president really matter on greenery?

Op-ed: Newsweek on May 1, 2008

David Victor takes on that question in his latest column for Newsweek.com, arguing that the president's powers are much more constrained than is widely thought in the rest of the world. Presidents matter, but don't expect the next president alone to turn around America's foreign environmental policy.




April 18th, 2008

Newsweek: Victor looks at problems with Mexico's national oil company, effect on oil markets

Op-ed: Newsweek on April 17, 2008

What to do about Mexico's oil company, Pemex, may seem like a parochial issue of interest only to Mexicans and a few oil industry executives. But the matter should be of concern to anybody who is wondering when oil will come down off its near-record highs. Read more »



March 3rd, 2008

The Energy Trap: Why the United States is doomed to be an energy outlaw

Op-ed: Newsweek on March 3, 2008

Democrats voting in Ohio and Texas may well decide the shape of the U.S. presidential election. Regardless of who they choose to run against Sen. John McCain, the all but certain Republican candidate, it is likely that energy issues will figure more prominently in the election than at any time in the last generation. Read more »



February 28th, 2008

Asia's Achilles Heel

Op-ed: Newsweek on February 29, 2008

As China and India lose control of their economies, they are failing to provide reliable power to their citizens. How will they manage to curb carbon emissions? Read more »



January 31st, 2008

The Oil Paradox

Op-ed: Newsweek

David Victor: Although oil prices will eventually drop as new sources come online and biofuels and other alternatives take hold, crude price are likely to remain high and volatile for a while. Read more »



December 14th, 2007

David Victor: Bali process must engage China

Op-ed: Newsweek (Web Exclusive) on December 2, 2007

PESD director David Victor argues that the Bali Negotiations will achieve little unless they devise a strategy for engaging China in meaningful limits on greenhouse gas emissions. Read more »



June 18th, 2007

Newsweek article on climate change by PESD director David Victor

Op-ed: Newsweek International on June 25, 2007

In Newsweek International, David Victor writes on geoengineering as a possible means to slow global warming if efforts to mitigate carbon emissions fall short. Read more »



May 9th, 2006

PESD Director David Victor addresses chaotic world of energy policy

Op-ed: Financial Times (London) on May 9, 2006

The world's energy system seems to have come unhinged. Oil is trading at record high prices because demand keeps rising even as supplies become unreliable. Oil exporters from Iran to Russia and Venezuela are using their petrocash to pursue agendas that undercut western security and interests. Supplies of natural gas also seem less secure than ever. Read more »



April 26th, 2006

Journal of Climatic Change editorial weighs in on dam debate

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There is growing evidence that some hydro dams in tropical regions emit large quantities of greenhouse gases, but the results have been intensely controversial. PESD researchers Danny Cullenward and David Victor comment on the controversy and outline a plan, modeled on the IPCC, for getting to the bottom of the matter. +HTML+
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April 17th, 2006

PESD director David G. Victor advises how to manage our oil addiction

Op-ed: Houston Chronicle News on April 15, 2006

The Brazilian government is declaring victory in its decades-long struggle to become self-sufficient in the supply of oil. The milestone is cause for celebration in a country that has long paid a high price for imported energy. Read more »



April 6th, 2006

Washington Post publishes Fellow Nadja Victor on Russian Gas

Op-ed: Washington Post on April 6, 2006

Russia controls over a quarter of the world's gas reserves -- months ago the Russian energy giant Gazprom forced Ukraine to pay sharply higher prices for natural gas. Last week Gazprom announced it was tripling gas prices in Belarus, a country that is politically close to the Kremlin. +PDF+ presentation available
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