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Sep 18, 2017
From a crisis among the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, to concerns over the security of oil supplies, economic stability, and OPEC policy, to calls by President Trump to end the Iran nuclear deal, what do recent developments in the world's biggest oil-producing region--the Middle East--mean for the energy sector?  Host Jason Bordoff speaks with James Jeffrey, the former U.S. ambassador to Turkey and Iraq, about key issues in the Middle East and their impact on global energy markets. Ambassador Jeffrey is the Philip Solondz Distinguished Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He previously served as Deputy National Security Advisor and as a U.S. Army infantry officer, with service in Germany and Vietnam. 


Among many topics Ambassador Jeffrey and Jason discuss, several include: The political situation in Iraq and the outlook for future oil production; The future of the Iran nuclear deal and ramifications should President Trump choose not to re-certify; Whether or not the GCC has meaning anymore; and the outlook for oil production in Libya.

Follow and engage with the Center on Global Energy Policy: @ColumbiaUEnergy; http://energypolicy.columbia.edu

Sep 11, 2017

The U.S. approach to clean energy has seen a sharp shift since the election of Donald Trump. Not only has the new administration promised to rescind Obama-era environmental regulations to reduce carbon emissions, such as the Clean Power Plan, it has also announced its decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement. What do these developments mean for the possibility of bipartisan cooperation on clean energy? Host Bill Loveless (@bill_loveless) speaks with Jay Faison, Founder and CEO of the ClearPath Foundation, about a conservative approach to clean energy, including topics such as: Differences of opinion over climate change; The possibilities for a 100% renewable energy future; President Trump's decision to leave the Paris Agreement; The future of carbon capture technology and funding.

Follow and engage with the Center on Global Energy Policy: @ColumbiaUEnergy; http://energypolicy.columbia.edu

Aug 28, 2017

Over the last six years coal prices have gone from record highs to plummeting lows, putting three of the four largest U.S. coal firms into bankruptcy. Although coal mining employment has been declining for decades, Donald Trump campaigned for the U.S. presidency on a platform that promised to reverse what he called his predecessor’s “war on coal.” Since taking office, the new administration has begun to reverse Obama-era environmental policies, and is fielding increasing calls from policymakers and industry alike to do more for coal firms and jobs. This month, West Virginia governor Jim Justice proposed that the federal government provide subsidies to revive the Appalachian coal industry, calling the issue a matter of national security. Yet the Trump Administration rejected a coal industry push to win a rarely used emergency order to protect coal-fired power plants, a decision that has angered some coal executives. To put all of these recent developments into context, host Jason Bordoff sits down with Trevor Houser, a partner at the Rhodium Group, to discuss a report they co-authored together with Peter Marsters this year--Can Coal Make a Comeback?--about the U.S. coal industry, its decline, and prospects for its recovery. 

Follow and engage with the Center on Global Energy Policy: @ColumbiaUEnergy; http://energypolicy.columbia.edu

Aug 21, 2017

From the effect of low prices on U.S. oil and gas production, to battles over energy infrastructure, to the impact of U.S. LNG around the world, significant shifts are underway in global energy markets. Host Jason Bordoff (@JasonBordoff) sits down with Rusty Braziel,President and Principal Energy Markets Consultant for RBN Energy, to discuss the economic and policy changes that are shaping the oil and gas sector, including: Oil and natural gas production in a low price environment; The future of Keystone XL pipeline; Impacts of U.S. LNG on global markets; The outlook for oil demand.

Follow and engage with the Center on Global Energy Policy: @ColumbiaUEnergy; http://energypolicy.columbia.edu

Aug 14, 2017

From what was hailed by some analysts as an historic agreement to curb oil production and stabilize markets alongside OPEC, to growing tensions with the United States and new economic sanctions that will target its energy sector, to the protracted fight over the Nordstream-2 pipeline and questions about European energy security, Russia plays and important and changing role in the global energy sector. Columbia Energy Exchange host Jason Bordoff sits down with Dr. Tatiana Mitrova, a fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy, to discuss Russia and the global energy sector including topics such as: Russia's compliance with OPEC oil production cuts and the future of the agreement; Gazprom's response to changes in the global gas market; The future of clean energy in Russia; and European energy security and the Nordstream-2 pipeline.

Follow and engage with the Center on Global Energy Policy: @ColumbiaUEnergy; http://energypolicy.columbia.edu

Aug 7, 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is facing funding cuts under President Trump's budget proposal. As one of the leading institutions supporting clean energy R&D, these cuts would have significant implications for the future of U.S. leadership in energy innovation and clean technologies, not to mention ramifications for the U.S. economy.

To discuss the importance of clean energy innovation and what it will take to transition to a de-carbonized world, host Bill Loveless (@bill_loveless) interviews former U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. They discuss issues such as: The path toward deep decarbonization and obstacles to overcome; President Trump's budget proposal and its impact on the Department of Energy and innovation; Secretary of Energy Perry's controversial baseload study; Iran's compliance to the nuclear deal and its future under the new administration.

Follow and engage with the Center on Global Energy Policy: @ColumbiaUEnergy; www.energypolicy.columbia.edu

 

Jul 31, 2017

New sanctions are being proposed against countries including Iran, Russia, Venezuela and North Korea, with potentially significant implications for global energy markets. To discuss what these sanctions entail and their impact on global energy markets, host Jason Bordoff (@JasonBordoff) speaks with CGEP Senior Scholar Richard Nephew (@RichardMNephew). They covers issues including: How President Trump could leave the Iran nuclear deal; Consequences of U.S. sanctions on Iran without international support; The impact of Russian sanctions on international oil markets; What sanctions against North Korea would entail; Whether or not the U.S. will impose sanctions against Venezuela.

Richard was Principal Deputy Coordinator for Sanctions Policy at the Department of State and lead sanctions expert for the U.S. team negotiating the Iran nuclear deal. He is the author of the forthcoming book in the Columbia Center on Global Energy Policy book series, The Art of Sanctions: A View From the Field.

Follow and engage with the Center on Global Energy Policy: @ColumbiaUEnergy; www.energypolicy.columbia.edu

Jul 24, 2017

From President Trump’s revocation of the Clean Power Plan and his decision to leave the Paris Agreement, to accelerating closures of nuclear power plants, to new demands from consumers for smarter and more efficient technologies to meet their electricity needs, the North American power sector is undergoing transition. 

Host Bill Loveless (@bill_loveless) sits down with Barry Perry, President and CEO of Fortis, the largest investor-owned electric utility in Canada, to discuss developments in the North American natural gas and electric power industry including: The integration of renewables into the transmission grid; Similarities and differences in U.S. and Canadian energy policy; Implications of nuclear plant closures; Technological advancements and cyber threats to the electric grid.

Follow and engage with the Center on Global Energy Policy: @ColumbiaUEnergy; www.energypolicy.columbia.edu

Jul 17, 2017

From a promise to bring coal jobs back, to the decision to leave the Paris Agreement, to a budget proposal that cuts funding to environmental and climate programs across government agencies, U.S. climate and environment policy is facing significant shifts following the election of Donald Trump. The Environmental Protection Agency in particular finds itself a target of the new Administration's efforts to roll back regulations that it claims stymie economic growth.

To gauge what some of these shifts will mean, Host Jason Bordoff (@JasonBordoff) speaks with Carol Browner, the longest serving United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator. They discuss: How the Trump Administration's proposed budget cuts will impact EPA; The effects of the Trump Administration's agenda on climate change progress; The role of local and state governments to combat climate change; The outlook for fuel economy standards in the US; Nuclear energy's role in a low carbon transition.

Follow and engage with the Center on Global Energy Policy: @ColumbiaUEnergy; http://energypolicy.columbia.edu/

Jul 9, 2017

Host Jason Bordoff (@JasonBordoff) sits down with Tim Gould, Head of Division for the World Energy Outlook (WEO) at the International Energy Agency (IEA), for a preview of 2017 WEO. They discuss: China's role as a key driver for global energy demand; Peak oil demand and the role of petrochemicals; Oil demand growth and climate change; The future of natural gas markets; Underinvestment in the energy system.

Follow and engage with the Center on Global Energy Policy online: @ColumbiaUEnergy; http://energypolicy.columbia.edu/

Jul 2, 2017

Host Bill Loveless (@bill_loveless) interviews former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson about the future of American energy policy and key issues facing the energy sector today, including topics such as: The challenges and opportunities faced by U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry; How President Trump's budget proposal and a potential infrastructure bill will affect the Department of Energy; How U.S. energy policy has changed over the decades; The realities of climate change; The future of NAFTA.

Follow and engage with the Center on Global Energy Policy online: @ColumbiaUEnergy; http://energypolicy.columbia.edu/

Jun 26, 2017

Host Jason Bordoff (@JasonBordoff) speaks with Ali Moshiri, the former president of Chevron's Africa and Latin America Exploration and Production division, about the crisis in Venezuela and the effects on the global energy sector, and then the outlook for other oil and gas producing nations in the region including: Challenges for international oil companies in Brazil; The outlook for shale development in Argentina; Colombian shale development and disruption from environmental groups.

Follow and engage with the Center on Global Energy Policy online: @ColumbiaUEnergy; http://energypolicy.columbia.edu/

Jun 19, 2017

Energy companies around the world are reassessing their business models in response to fundamental changes in markets, including new technologies, concerns over the environment and new customer expectations. For many companies, this means significant adjustments in their priorities and investments.

Host Bill Loveless (@bill_loveless) speaks with Iain Conn, CEO of Centrica, a multinational company that supplies energy and services to 28 million customers primarily in the United Kingdom, Ireland and North America. They discuss: The potential of a future oil supply crunch; Energy security in the U.S. and in Europe; U.S. LNG in the world market; How climate change is impacting utility business models.

Follow and engage with the Center on Global Energy Policy online: @ColumbiaUEnergy; http://energypolicy.columbia.edu/

Jun 12, 2017

CGEP Director Jason Bordoff interviews Helima Croft and Bernard Haykel about the unfolding situation between Qatar and middle eastern nations. They discuss: The impact on energy trade and markets; What's at stake for U.S. interests; The impact on OPEC market management; Future scenarios for geopolitics. Helima is Managing Director and Global Head of Commodity Strategy at RBC Capital Markets. Previously, she was Managing Director and Head of North American Commodities Research at Barclays, held positions at the Council on Foreign Relations and the CIA. Bernard, a leading expert on the Middle East, is a Professor of Near Eastern Studies and Director of the Institute for Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia at Princeton University. He was previously associate professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern history at New York University. 

For more information about the Center on Global Energy Policy and the Columbia Energy Exchange visit us online and engage with us: @ColumbiaUEnergy - #ColumbiaEnergyExchange - www.energypolicy.columbia.edu

Jun 5, 2017

CGEP Director Jason Bordoff speaks with William Reilly, former U.S. EPA Administrator, about President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. For more information about the Center on Global Energy Policy and the Columbia Energy Exchange visit us online and engage with us: @ColumbiaUEnergy - #ColumbiaEnergyExchange - www.energypolicy.columbia.edu

May 22, 2017

Host Jason Bordoff interviews Christof Rühl, Global Head of Research at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, about some of the leading issues that will influence the future of the global energy sector. Jason and Christof discuss: energy demand in emerging markets; the future of peak oil demand; the long-term outlook for shale; and expectations for the upcoming OPEC meeting. 

May 15, 2017

President Trump campaigned on the promise to revitalize American infrastructure. In his first one hundred days in office, he approved the construction of Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipeline projects, two highly politicized and controversial energy projects. Now, lawmakers are considering the possibility of a broad infrastructure bill that may include not only roads and bridges, but also pipes to deliver clean drinking water, new oil and gas pipelines, and projects that would impact U.S. LNG exports, hydropower and offshore drilling. Host Bill Loveless (@bill_loveless) sits down withRepublican member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Hon. Fred Upton, to discuss anticipated legislation that would affect America's energy infrastructure and other issues including: The role of energy in a new infrastructure bill; How Trump's budget proposal would affect the Department of Energy; Climate change and technology; Nuclear energy and coal; An "all of the above" approach to energy security.

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May 8, 2017

Host Jason Bordoff (@JasonBordoff) interviews Adnan Shihab-Eldin, Director General of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences and the former Acting Secretary General and Director of the Research Division of OPEC, about oil markets and the future of GCC economies. Topics they discuss include: Impacts of the oil price collapse on GCC economies; Economic reforms in GCC nations; The reality of peak oil demand; The role of shale in global oil supplies; Russia's commitment to OPEC production cuts.

Follow and engage with the Center on Global Energy Policy online: @ColumbiaUEnergy; http://energypolicy.columbia.edu/

May 1, 2017

Host Bill Loveless speaks with Tommy Beaudreau, a non-resident Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy and partner in the Environment, Land & Resources Department of Latham & Watkins in Washington, D.C. Bill and Tommy discuss: details of the latest executive order on offshore oil and gas drilling; what political and legal challenges the order will face; how the U.S. government have improved drilling and safety standards since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill; and next steps in the offshore review process.

Apr 24, 2017

Host Bill Loveless speaks with Ethan Zindler, Head of Americas at Bloomberg New Energy Finance and a specialist in U.S. clean energy policy. Bill and Ethan discussed: the future of the Clean Power Plan; natural gas markets; the longevity of the U.S. coal sector; and the future of nuclear power in the U.S. under President Trump.

Apr 17, 2017

Host Jason Bordoff speaks with Maroš Šefčovič, the European Commission Vice President in charge of overseeing the the European Energy Union. Jason and Maroš discussed: European energy security; the role of cities in the energy transition; the role of R&D and new technologies to combat climate change; private sector capital in clean energy; and Russia and responses to the rise of U.S. LNG.

Apr 10, 2017

Host Bill Loveless talks with John Watson, Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Chevron Corporation, the second largest integrated oil company in the United States. Bill and John spoke in Washington, D.C. about topics including: the outlook for oil and natural gas markets; climate change and the role of energy companies; the breakdown of public discourse on energy issues; and the Trump Administration, free trade, tax reform and energy policy.

Apr 3, 2017

Host Bill Loveless sits down with Hon. Catherine McKenna, Canada's Minister of Environment and Climate Change, to get an inside look at environmental policy in the nation. Catherine and Bill discuss: Canada's approach to climate change and linkages between the environment and economic policy; different approaches to environmental and climate policy between the U.S. and Canada under President Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; and the realities of a national carbon pricing plan in Canada.

Mar 27, 2017

Since OPEC’s November 2014 decision to let the oil price fall rather than cut output, the outlook for the energy sector has changed dramatically. Oil prices have rebounded from an historic slump as OPEC has re-emerged and asserted itself to curb global oil production and oil demand has grown faster than expected. At the same time, U.S. shale oil looks set to rise sharply, and U.S. fuel economy standards may be eased, thus boosting demand, even as questions about longer term oil demand remain. All of this poses enormous uncertainties for design of environmental policy, for the global economy, and for geopolitical stability in key producing countries around the world.

Host Jason Bordoff sits down with Bobby Tudor, Chairman of Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co., LLC, to discuss the outlook for the energy sector. Prior to founding Tudor Capital, Bobby spent nearly twenty years at Goldman Sachs & Co. where he was a partner. Bobby holds a BA in English and Legal Studies from Rice University and a JD from Tulane Law School. Among many topics Bobby and Jason discuss, several include: The oil price outlook and the role U.S. shale will play; Digitization of the oil field; Capital availability and financing; The role of emerging markets in global demand; The new policy landscape in D.C. and how deregulation will affect the energy sector.

Mar 20, 2017

New markets dynamics, technological innovation, and evolving climate and geopolitical issues have made the energy sector incredibly dynamic and increasingly complicated to understand for policymakers, business leaders, academia and the general public alike. To help decode and explain these issues and their significance within a greater global context, journalists covering the energy beat have never been more important. On this episode of the Columbia Energy Exchange host Bill Loveless sits down with veteran energy reporters Steve Mufson from the Washington Post and Amy Harder, who has recently moved from the Wall Street Journal to a new startup called Axios, to discuss the importance of energy literacy and how the energy beat has dramatically changed in the last decade. Among many topics Bill, Steve and Amy discussed, several include: The importance of energy literacy and key challenges journalists face when covering the energy beat; Energy's interconnectedness to other economic, public health, and political factors; How the energy beat has changed over the years; The first months of the Trump Administration and energy policy.

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