The 2016 elections come at a transformative time for energy and the environment, with major decisions faced by the next president and Congress having far-reaching implications for the world. In the second episode of a two part series on the elections and what they mean for energy and environment policy, host Bill Loveless sits down with former Democratic Senator Byron Dorgan who spent 30 years in the U.S. House and Senate representing North Dakota. During their talk, Bill and Byron discussed:Priority energy and environmental issues facing the new president and CongressProspects for changes in Congress that will make it possible to reach bipartisan agreement on energy and environmental legislationThe inherent conflicts between the need to curb emissions and to promote development of oil and natural gas resources in the U.S.Differences between a Clinton and Trump presidency when it comes to energy and the environmentWho to look to for leadership in Congress on energy issues
In the first episode of a two part series with former U.S. senators on the challenges an opportunities when it comes to energy and the environment for the next president of the United States, host Bill Loveless sits down with Trent Lott, a former U.S. Senate Majority Leader who served his home state of Mississippi in both the House and Senate from 1973 to 2007.Loveless and Lott discuss:- The breakdown in relations between Republicans and Democrats and whether Congress can work on a bipartisan basis to legislate on energy and the environment- Energy challenges since the 1970s, and how Congress dealt with them- How a Clinton and Trump presidency would differ on energy and climate policies
Morocco's Clean Energy Path and COP22 - Said Mouline, Morocco COP22 Steering Committee Member (10/10/16)
Officials from around the world will soon gather in Morocco, a country that is increasingly investing in renewable energy technologies, to discuss implementation of the newly ratified climate agreement reached in Paris last December. On this episode of the Columbia Energy Exchange host Bill Loveless talks with Said Mouline, director general of Morocco’s national agency for the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency, and a member of Morocco’s steering committee. Among the topics they discussed: What to expect at COP22 in Marrakech and to what extent renewable energy can help address the goals of the Paris agreementMorocco's development of the world's largest concentrated solar plant, the Noor complexHow Morocco might serve as a model for other nations, especially within Africa, to integrate renewables into their energy mixThe role of public-private partnerships in meeting Morocco’s renewable energy goals and the challenges posed by this model
The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries took many by surprise last week with its decision to consider making cuts in crude oil production to help lift prices and rebalance the market. Now the world will wait to see if a firm decision is made at OPEC’s next regular meeting in November. Host Bill Loveless sits down with one of our Fellows at the Center on Global Energy Policy, Jamie Webster, to discuss OPEC’s decision, a change in course from the last two years of free-flowing oil.
Innovation is changing the energy sector. Advances in solar power, energy storage and oil and gas production are disrupting established industries and business models. What changes in these and other energy technologies lie ahead? In the latest episode of the Columbia Energy Exchange, Inaugural Fellow David Sandalow sits down with Steven Chu, the 12th and longest serving U.S. Secretary of Energy, to discuss new and emerging technologies that are revolutionizing the energy sector. They discuss: Advances in solar and storage technologies; Changes in oil and gas production from hydraulic fracturing, horizontal drilling and other technologies; Extending the lifetime of existing nuclear plants and cutting the cost of building new ones; The role of big data and computer simulation in energy innovations.
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