Center staff and Fellows frequently provide their perspectives and analyses on energy policy and other related issues in op-eds published by major news outlets.

How Driverless Cars Could End Up Harming the Environment

Jason Bordoff

April 27, 2016

Many ecological benefits have been projected for driverless cars, but writing in the Wall Street Journal CGEP Director Jason Bordoff says they may also pose some risks for the environment.

U.S. and Cuba: Work Together on Energy

David Sandalow

March 22, 2016

Writing in the Huffington Post, David Sandalow describes Cuba’s energy sector and argues that cooperation between the United States and Cuba in the energy sector would benefit both countries.

Oil price plunge: Risks and rewards

Jason Bordoff

January 14, 2016

Writing on, Jason Bordoff explains how the deepening oil price collapse is having serious economic, environmental and geopolitical consequences across the world while, at the same time, creating an opportunity to adopt strong energy policies to lessen the adverse impact of oil's swings.

A Global Low-Carbon Challenge

Jason Bordoff and Carlos Pascual

January 5, 2015

Jason Bordoff and Carlos Pascual discuss how to drive private investment to meet the Paris COP21 climate goals in Democracy: A Journal of Ideas.

Fahrenheit Pledge

David Sandalow

December 7, 2015

In the next week, with the Paris climate conference underway, millions of Americans will hear and read news stories about global warming. They'll hear that allowing global average temperatures to increase by more than 2°C would be dangerous, that nations of the world have pledged to keep warming below 2°C and that, in the absence of policies, global average temperatures are likely to increase by a shocking 4°C by the end of the century. There's only one problem: Americans think in degrees Fahrenheit. Writing in the HuffingtonPost, David Sandalow argues why it is time to take the Fahrenheit Pledge.

Clean energy innovation is key at Paris talks

Jason Bordoff

November 27, 2015

In an op-ed for Jason Bordoff discusess wny clean energy innovation is key at the Paris climate talks.

How Exporting U.S. Liquefied Natural Gas Will Transform the Politics of Global Energy

Jason Bordoff

November 17, 2015

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Jason Bordoff explains how lost in the domestic rhetorical battle over US energy exports is the view from overseas, and the significant geopolitical impacts that U.S. LNG will have.

Why the U.S. Should Not Want Energy Independence

Jason Bordoff

November 16, 2015

Jason Bordoff discusses why the last 40 years of increasing interdependence, not independence, in the global energy system has increased our energy security.

Selling SPR oil in budget deal bolsters our energy security

Jason Bordoff

October 29, 2015

Jason Bordoff explains why, on balance, the provision in this week’s budget deal to sell crude oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) increases, not decreases, U.S. energy security.

U.S. and China team up on global warming

David Sandalow
September 25, 2015

Tensions between the United States and China are running high on issues including cyber security, the South China Sea and currency values. So why are the U.S. and China working so well together on climate change? And what does it mean for the world? David Sandalow explains in an op-ed for Reuters.

Don’t Get Used to Cheap Gasoline

Jason Bordoff

September 18, 2015

Center Director Jason Bordoff, writing in the Wall Street Journal, argues that while lower gasoline prices are a boon to the U.S. economy and motorists, consumers may be in for a bumpy ride moving forward.


Coal Isn’t Dead Yet

Jason Bordoff
September 15, 2015

Jason Bordoff explains why reports of coal's demise are premature and what that means for the importance of strong climate policy.

Actual decisions needed on Iran

Richard Nephew

August 13, 2015

As Washington enjoys its mid-August hiatus, a new, misleading narrative has started to emerge about the Iran nuclear deal: voting against the deal is consequence-free. Writing in The Hill, Richard Nephew argues that if we are to be serious about preventing Iran from having a nuclear weapon, we need to ensure that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) enters into force, on time, and with enough support to weather the inevitable implementation problems that will come up.

Sanctions Relief Won’t Be a $100 Billion Windfall for Iran’s Terrorist Friends

Richard Nephew

July 2, 2015

As negotiators close in on a nuclear deal with Iran, there’s been a corresponding uptick in ominous expectations about how Tehran could use the potential rush of funds from sanctions relief to prey on its weak neighbors and secure regional hegemony. Richard Nephew argues in Foreign Policy that these fears are wildly overblown, and that far from being a giveaway to a terrorism-supporting regime, then, sanctions relief may be the key to creating an Iran with a real stake in the international order.

Calibrating the Risk of Iran Sanctions Relief

Richard Nephew

June 16, 2015

It is now taken as a given by many that, upon completion of a comprehensive nuclear deal, Iran will plow its hard-won sanctions relief into regional adventurism. Having dealt with the nuclear issue, Tehran will secure its real ambition of regional domination. In an op-ed for Reuters, Richard Nephew argues that this narrative is powerful, compelling, and frightening and that it is also not true.

The Uncertain Fate of Obama’s Climate Policies

Keith Benes

June 9, 2015

In this op-ed, Keith Benes, Director of International Climate Policy at the Center, discusses the uncertainties and potential opportunities of climate regulations in the United States. 

U.S. renewable fuels move forward

James Stock

June 3, 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.

Lessons from Iran: Rethinking U.S. economic sanctions policy

Richard Nephew

May 21, 2015

In an opinion piece for Reuters, CGEP Program Director Richard Nephew discusses how the US can learn from its policies on sanctioning Iran. 

The Right Way to Sanction Iran (Op-Ed)

Richard Nephew and Elizabteh Rozenberg

March 13, 2015

Richard Nephew paired with Elizabeth Rosenberg of the Center for a New American Security to argue that it is far preferable to conclude a deal with Iran that addresses enrichment concerns via direct diplomacy and that a move to sanctions measures could compromise any chance to resolve the nuclear issue peacefully. However, they note that since sanctions may be necessary if a deal is not reached, it is prudent for Congress and the Administration to initiate contingency planning on an effective strategy and legal authorities to respond in the event that Iran cannot conclude a deal or cheats after it is agreed

Now's Not Time for More Iran Sanctions

Richard Nephew

February 6, 2015

Richard Nephew, Program Director for Economic Statecraft, Sanctions and Energy Markets, argues against Congress's passing new Iran/sanctions-related legislation at this time because of the effect it could have on ongoing nuclear talks.

Ukraine is Key to Resolving Russia's Crisis

Jason Bordoff and Carlos Pascual

December 18, 2014

Russia's economy is in free fall as economic sanctions and low oil prices continue to take their toll. Center Director Jason Bordoff and Center Fellow Carlos Pascual argue that the path to normalcy in Russia is stability and security in Ukraine.

Why Energy Leaders Need to Read Cicero

Jason Bordoff and Carlos Pascual

December 7, 2014

This op-ed from Center Founding Director Jason Bordoff and Fellow Carlos Pascual discusses the broader set of skills and perspectives needed to succeed as an energy leader in today’s complex and evolving landscape.

OPEC Hibernates

Jason Bordoff and Carlos Pascual

November 28, 2014

Jason Bordoff, Founding Director of the Center on Global Energy Policy, and Center Fellow Carlos Pascual discuss November's move by OPEC to leave its production limits unchanged at 30 million barrels per day reflected a failure by the cartel to act collectively to reduce oil production and boost prices. Oil prices will likely continue to drop on fears of oversupply. But while OPEC may go into hibernation, reports of its death are greatly exaggerated.

It's Smart to Lift U.S. Restriction on Oil Exports

Jason Bordoff

November 23, 2014

Jason Bordoff, Founding Director of the Center on Global Energy Policy, argues that lifting the current restrictions on US oil exports is smart for both economic and geopolitical reasons in a Wall Street Journal feature debating the issue.

Ukraine: Seeking a Path out of War

Carlos Pascual

September 18, 2014

Carlos Pascual, Fellow and Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy and the former Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Affairs at the US State Department, addresses the crisis in Ukraine and the importance of reducing Ukrainian and European reliance on Russian natural gas in an op-ed in Reuters. This was penned after he participated in the 11th annual Yalta European Strategy group in Kiev last week.

The New "Micro-Targeting" of Russia

Jason Bordoff and Elizabeth Rosenberg

August 4, 2014

Center Director Jason Bordoff and Elizabeth Rosenberg of the Center for A New American Security discuss in a new Reuters op-ed how the design of recent sanctions imposed against Russia represents an innovative "micro-targeting" approach that has the potential to transform the role sanctions can play in foreign policy and geopolitics in the years ahead


Why the Shale Revolution is More Boon than Bane

Jason Bordoff

June 8, 2014

The US has a historic opportunity to boost its economic and national security and move to a cleaner energy future, but getting it right requires that it understands more clearly why the shale revolution is more boon than bane.

The Playbook for Sanctions on Russia

Jason Bordoff and Elizabeth Rosenberg

May 2, 2014

The newest round of sanctions on Russia sets the right tone for potential escalation of pressure if the political crisis in Ukraine deteriorates further. Hit President Vladimir Putin's inner circle of cronies and companies, but leave the energy taps on.

Adding Fuel to the Fire

Jason Bordoff 

March 6, 2014

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 Pivotal Moment in U.S. Energy History

Jason Bordoff 

December 2, 2013

We are at a transformational moment in energy history. Just a few years ago, all energy projections forecast increased imports, increased scarcity, and increased natural gas prices. Today, we’ve shifted from scarcity to abundance. The changing North American landscape has significant economic, geopolitical, and environmental implications.

The EPA made the right call on renewable fuels

Jason Bordoff and Michael A. Levi

November 19, 2013

In November of 2013, the Obama Administration lowered the volume of ethanol that the fuel industry must blend into the U.S. gasoline supply, marking a notable shift in the Administration’s biofuel policy. Predictably, the renewable fuels lobby criticized the rule for hurting farmers, consumers, and increasing our dependence on costly imported oil. The Administration made the right call, however, acknowledging the reality of how rapidly the U.S. energy outlook has changed since the renewable fuels mandate was put in place.

The EPA's moves this week on renewable fuels

Jason Bordoff 

August 9, 2013

The question right now is why RIN prices are not lower. And based on various analyst reports this week, a key part of the reason seems to be broad-based skepticism in the market that EPA will use its waiver authority to avoid the blend wall—even though EPA just went to unusual lengths to signal precisely that it will.

Well intentioned but flawed, U.S. biofuel policy in need of change

Jason Bordoff

July 26, 2013

Gasoline prices have shot up nearly 20 cents since the start of July and are projected to rise higher yet. Gasoline prices are largely driven by global crude oil prices and usually rise during the summer driving season. But this year, in an ironic twist, they are being pushed up even more in part because US gasoline consumption is much lower than anyone anticipated just a few years ago.

Bittersweet Achievement on Climate

Jason Bordoff and Michael A. Levi

June 26, 2013

President Obama's announcement on Tuesday that he will use his executive authority to regulate carbon-dioxide emissions from existing power plants, and to finalize rules for plants that have yet to be built, is reason to celebrate — but also an occasion for mourning. The announcement reflects Congress’s refusal to pass serious laws to curb greenhouse-gas emissions. Ultimately, if America is to fully contribute to an effective global response to the perils of a warming planet, Congress must stop dithering.

Energy and American Power: Farewell to Declinism

Tom Donilon

June 15, 2013

Energy is a profoundly important aspect of U.S. national security and foreign policy: the availability of reliable, affordable energy is essential to economic strength at home, which is the foundation of U.S. leadership in the world.


There Will Be Oil

Jason Bordoff

June 12, 2013

Suddenly, the United States is energy rich. The problem is that we’re still guided by policies that assume the opposite.

Keeping the LNG Export Permits Coming

Jason Bordoff

June 4, 2013

It would have been hard to imagine just a few years ago that we’d need to debate whether to export our energy. But the North American energy landscape is changing rapidly, and companies have now requested nearly 20 permits from the federal government to export natural gas.

A Unique Moment for Energy and Earth

Jason Bordoff

April 22, 2013

It’s time to get serious. We need an honest discussion about what an economically viable pathway looks like to begin reducing carbon emissions.

Handling Growing Energy Consumption

Jason Bordoff

March 30, 2013

With greater consumption comes greater energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. Assuming current policy continues unchanged, the International Energy Agency projects global energy use will double by 2050, and greenhouse gas emissions will rise alongside growing energy demand.