In The News

Center scholars and fellows often comment on current-events in leading media outlets around the world. Below is a list of articles quoting or featuring Center staff, ordered by most recent publication date.

Russia is the world's top natural gas exporter, but the U.S. is the top producer. Jason Bordoff, director of the Center on Global Energy Policy, explains efforts to get American gas to Europe.

A couple years ago at the massive energy confab held in Houston every year, the people who pull oil and gas out of the ground were largely dismissive of the public’s concerns about hydraulic fracturing (fracking), said Jason Bordoff, director of the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University. But this year, industry officials are more willing to talk about problems with the technique for getting petroleum from shale formations, and to discuss how they intend to fix them. “There is a better appreciation for the need to take seriously the need to protect the public and reassure the public this shale boom can be done safely,” Mr. Bordoff said.

Over the next decade, the notion of U.S. LNG and crude exports becoming a political tool, and not just an economic one, could be very real, said Jason Bordoff, director of Columbia University's Center on Global Energy Policy. "I think as a policy matter in the longer term, you want to think about the sort of steps the U.S. could take with other countries in Europe to create more supply diversity and more competition in the gas market to reduce Russia's ability to use gas for leverage," Bordoff said in an interview.

The swift emergence of shale production is forcing Washington to weigh in on a series of energy-related policy questions, from logistics infrastructure to the current ban on oil exports. "There is always some measure of policy uncertainty as government takes time to develop new rules and regulations, but there are an especially large number of energy policies that require a rethink today as a result of the rapid shift in the U.S. energy landscape," says Jason Bordoff, director of the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University and a senior White House energy adviser until late 2012.

Columbia University's Center on Global Energy Policy released a report on Tuesday summarizing the highlights of the day-long conference on China's shale gas development, which took place atPeking University's Law School last month. The conference featured high-profile participants including David Schizer, Columbia Law School Dean; Jason Bordoff, director of the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia School; David Sandalow, former acting undersecretary of energy at the US Department of Energy; as well as industry experts, scholars and Chinese government officials. "China has tremendous potential for shale gas development. Production to date has been modest, but the government has ambitious goals," Sandalow told China Daily. "In the US, de-regulated prices, a competitive industrial structure, easily transferable mineral rights and a large pipeline network all contributed to the shale gas revolution. There are many opportunities for Chinese and US companies to benefit by working together on shale gas," he added.

Breaking Energy reports on Steven Kopits' presentation at the Center on Global Energy Policy. Kopits cautioned that "the legacy conventional system... peaked in 2005" and that "the strong degree to which increasing oil supply growth is dependent on unconventional sources is important to remember and often gets lost in the exuberance over top-line output figures."

A new program at the School of International and Public Affairs’ Center on Global Energy Policy aims to support women interested in working in the energy industry by hosting female speakers and providing opportunities for students to network with professionals.

"You need two things in life: a sponsor and a mentor" This was one of several insightful pieces of advice passed down from Lady Barbara Judge CBE to 15 diverse women students from across the Columbia University community. Lady Judge’s intimate 90-minute talk on January 30 was the inaugural event in the Center on Global Energy Policy’s Women in Energy (WIE) program.

"The growth of energy demand slows successfully by the decade as we go further out, and the biggest source of that slow down is China," said Mark Finley, general manager of global energy markets and US economics at BP Americas. "We believe that China will reach a point where the economic development will begin to shift from high energy-intensive export-led growth to less energy-intensive domestic consumption of goods and services," explained Finley, presenting the BP Energy Outlook 2035 report at Columbia University's Center on Global Energy Policy Wednesday night.

In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama reiterated his commitment to an all-of-the-above energy policy. Center Director Jason Bordoff discusses the speech and other energy issues on Platts Energy Week.