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2015 News Items

June 2015

Center Fellow Dr. Jim Stock writes about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's announcement of its long-delayed rules for the amount of renewable fuels to be required in the on-road fuel supply in 2014, 2015, and 2016. In the piece he argues that the proposal is a balancing act that supports second-generation fuels, and that the rule provides an opportunity for the ethanol industry to work constructively to expand ethanol penetration in a cost-effective way.

May 2015

Our world is getting more and more virtualized – but ultimately the Networked Age runs on power strips, cargo ships, and Uber trips. And over the next decade and a half, as 2.5 billion people in China, India, and other developing countries come online and join the global middle class, the global demand for energy is going to increase significantly. To take full advantage of the opportunities for entrepreneurship and innovation that the Networked Age enables, we’ll need new sources of energy, increased energy efficiency, and considered policies to make this happen.

The U.S. economy may not be benefiting as much as anticipated from the collapse in oil prices over the past 10 months. In fact, for oil-producing states, the decline of some 50% is taking a toll. But one thing seems clear: The nation as a whole is nowhere near as susceptible to sharp swings in oil prices — one way or the other — as it was for decades.

March 2015

CGEP Program Director Richard Nephew discusses how U.S. negotiators might try to roll back sanctions against Iran during talks over the country's nuclear program with Bloomberg's Alix Steel on Street Smart.

Forty-seven Senate Republicans sent a letter to Iranian leaders yesterday. That letter reminded Tehran that when President Obama leaves office, any nuclear deal he reaches with them might not survive unless Congress buys into it now. NPR speaks to Democratic and Republican senators as well as former Iran sanctions negotiator and CGEP Research Scholar and Sanctions Program Director Richard Nephew for their reactions.

David Sandalow, Inaugural Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy, and former energy adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama, discusses the resistance towards a nuclear restart following the devastating earthquake which struck Japan on March 10th, 2011.

In his speech to Congress on March 3, Netanyahu said that rather than curbing Iran's nuclear ambitions, the deal he is negotiating between Western powers and Iran on Tehran's nuclear program would pave the way for Iran to acquire nuclear weapons, claiming Iran remains America's enemy and the world must stand together to stop what he called its march of conquest, subjugation and terror. President Obama responded to the speech saying that there was nothing new in it and that President Netanyahu has not offered any viable alternatives, and on March 4 John Kerry travelled to Saudi Arabia to reassure Gulf States that any deal would not strengthen Iran's position in the region. Richard Nephew, former US negotiator on Iran talks and current fellow at the Centre on Global Energy Policy at the Columbia University, offers his insights to the geopolitical situation. Interview starts at 1:51:50.

Richard Nephew, Program Director, Economic Statecraft, Sanctions and Energy Markets at the Center on Global Energy Policy, offered insights regarding Benjamin Netanyahu's March 2015 speech to Congress on the Iran nuclear negotiations.

February 2015

Richard Nephew, Program Director, Economic Statecraft, Sanctions and Energy Markets at the Center on Global Energy Policy, joined a panel discussion on the the status of the Iran nuclear negotiations, the likely outlines of a comprehensive agreement, and the the appropriate role for Congress. The event was hosted by the Arms Control Association.

Gas prices are plunging, and Americans can get back on the road again. What are the economic, geopolitical and environmental consequences of cheap oil? Jason Bordoff joined Climate One to discuss.