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March 2014

The U.S. could intervene in other ways, but they are “admittedly minimal” in the near term, according to Jason Bordoff, the Director of Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University and a former White House aide on energy and climate change. Bordoff said Ukraine has four or five months of energy in storage, and in the meantime, Poland and Hungary, whose ambassadors have lobbied Congress for LNG permit reforms, could begin the process of reversing the flow of pipelines into Ukraine.

“It is important to remember that it is a mutually dependent relationship,” Bordoff said. “While that exists as threat, it is probably not in Russia’s interest to cut off supply.”

"The order clearly explains how the administration believes U.S. LNG exports can lead to enhanced diversity of supply in global gas markets that would undermine the leverage of monopoly suppliers like Russia," said Jason Bordoff, director at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University.

"People may not know how much they're paying for electricity but gasoline prices are displayed in 3-feet high letters. These prices are sensitive signals in the economy," says Jason Bordoff, director of the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University and a senior White House energy advisor until late 2012. "As a society, and as policy makers, people are trying to understand what the impacts (of exports) will be," he added.

The combination of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling to unlock gas and oil reserves in U.S. shale has put the country back on course to be one of the world’s largest oil producers, reshaping everything from its geopolitical relationship with Russia to the GDP of oil-producing states. In a special edition of Bloomberg Brief, Center Director Jason Bordoff and others contribute their unique insights on how the shale revolution is affecting the U.S. economy, geopolitics and energy policy.

"The cost of LNG plants is enormous," said Jason Bordoff, the director of Columbia University's Center on Global Energy Policy and formerly a member of President Obama's National Security Council. Cheniere has some financing in place. Others are still lining up customers and financing, "not because the government's standing in the way, but because it's hard to pull together an $8 [billion] or $10 billion project," Bordoff added.

"It makes good sense to make sure that the ability ... to deliver oil to the market in a time of emergency has not been impaired by the rapid changes we have seen in the Gulf Coast crude transportation infrastructure," said Jason Bordoff, director of the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University and formerly a senior White House energy adviser.

Even with a few months of natural gas in storage, "they're in a tough spot if those supplies are cut off," notes Jason Bordoff, one-time Obama administration policy advisor and now director of Columbia's Center on Global Energy Policy, who was a speaker on a panel of experts at Columbia University’s School of International and Political Affairs (SIPA) on March 10.

Russian energy – its natural gas and pipelines – give it a big stick over Ukraine and Europe. A lot of leverage. But the U.S. suddenly has a lot of natural gas too – a flood unleashed in a handful of boom years of fracking. Center Director Jason Bordoff and other guests discuss the implications of potential exports of U.S. gas and fracking technology on NPR's On Point.

At a recent event at CGEP, Fueling Up author Trevor Houser says revenue from the U.S. resource boom should be invested in transformative areas like education and infrastructure

A couple of years ago at the energy industry's massive annual gathering, IHS CERAWeek in Houston, the people who pull oil and natural gas out of the ground were largely dismissive of the public's concerns about hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as 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 oil and gas from shale-rock 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.

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