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Columbia Energy Exchange features in-depth conversations with the world’s top energy and climate leaders from government, business, academia and civil society. The program explores today’s most pressing opportunities and challenges across energy sources, financial markets, geopolitics and climate change as well as their implications for both the U.S. and the world.

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Marcus Sachs - Protecting the U.S. Power Grid From Cyber Attacks (9/25/17)
From a cyber attack this summer against at least a dozen power companies including the Wolf Creek Nuclear plant in Kansas, to continued assaults on Ukraine's power grid by hackers, the need for increased cybersecurity measures to protect the grid and related components, like power generation, transition and distribution, has never been more real. Just this month the Trump Administration announced it is giving awards worth as as much as US$50 million to national laboratories for energy infrastructure resilience and cybersecurity projects.To learn what these growing threats mean to the security of U.S. energy infrastructure, how well prepared private and public entities are for such attacks, and the role of public policy to prevent them, host Bill Loveless speaks with Marcus Sachs, Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer for the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, a not for profit regulatory authority responsible for assuring the reliability and security of the power system in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Marc was a White House appointee in the George W. Bush administration, Vice President for National Security at Verizon, and he is a retired U.S. Army Officer and author of several books on information security. 
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Ambassador James Jeffrey - The Outlook for Energy in the Middle East (9/18/17)
From a crisis among the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, to concerns over the security of oil supplies, economic stability, and OPEC policy, to calls by President Trump to end the Iran nuclear deal, what do recent developments in the world's biggest oil-producing region--the Middle East--mean for the energy sector?  Host Jason Bordoff speaks with James Jeffrey, the former U.S. ambassador to Turkey and Iraq, about key issues in the Middle East and their impact on global energy markets. Ambassador Jeffrey is the Philip Solondz Distinguished Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He previously served as Deputy National Security Advisor and as a U.S. Army infantry officer, with service in Germany and Vietnam.  Among many topics Ambassador Jeffrey and Jason discuss, several include: The political situation in Iraq and the outlook for future oil production; The future of the Iran nuclear deal and ramifications should President Trump choose not to re-certify; Whether or not the GCC has meaning anymore; and the outlook for oil production in Libya. Follow and engage with the Center on Global Energy Policy: @ColumbiaUEnergy; http://energypolicy.columbia.edu
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Jay Faison - A Conservative Approach to Clean Energy (9/11/17)
The U.S. approach to clean energy has seen a sharp shift since the election of Donald Trump. Not only has the new administration promised to rescind Obama-era environmental regulations to reduce carbon emissions, such as the Clean Power Plan, it has also announced its decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement. What do these developments mean for the possibility of bipartisan cooperation on clean energy? Host Bill Loveless (@bill_loveless) speaks with Jay Faison, Founder and CEO of the ClearPath Foundation, about a conservative approach to clean energy, including topics such as: Differences of opinion over climate change; The possibilities for a 100% renewable energy future; President Trump's decision to leave the Paris Agreement; The future of carbon capture technology and funding. Follow and engage with the Center on Global Energy Policy: @ColumbiaUEnergy; http://energypolicy.columbia.edu
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Trevor Houser - Can U.S. Coal Make a Comeback? (8/28/17)
Over the last six years coal prices have gone from record highs to plummeting lows, putting three of the four largest U.S. coal firms into bankruptcy. Although coal mining employment has been declining for decades, Donald Trump campaigned for the U.S. presidency on a platform that promised to reverse what he called his predecessor’s “war on coal.” Since taking office, the new administration has begun to reverse Obama-era environmental policies, and is fielding increasing calls from policymakers and industry alike to do more for coal firms and jobs. This month, West Virginia governor Jim Justice proposed that the federal government provide subsidies to revive the Appalachian coal industry, calling the issue a matter of national security. Yet the Trump Administration rejected a coal industry push to win a rarely used emergency order to protect coal-fired power plants, a decision that has angered some coal executives. To put all of these recent developments into context, host Jason Bordoff sits down with Trevor Houser, a partner at the Rhodium Group, to discuss a report they co-authored together with Peter Marsters this year--Can Coal Make a Comeback?--about the U.S. coal industry, its decline, and prospects for its recovery.  Follow and engage with the Center on Global Energy Policy: @ColumbiaUEnergy; http://energypolicy.columbia.edu
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Rusty Braziel - The Outlook for U.S. Oil & Gas Markets
From the effect of low prices on U.S. oil and gas production, to battles over energy infrastructure, to the impact of U.S. LNG around the world, significant shifts are underway in global energy markets. Host Jason Bordoff (@JasonBordoff) sits down with Rusty Braziel,President and Principal Energy Markets Consultant for RBN Energy, to discuss the economic and policy changes that are shaping the oil and gas sector, including: Oil and natural gas production in a low price environment; The future of Keystone XL pipeline; Impacts of U.S. LNG on global markets; The outlook for oil demand. Follow and engage with the Center on Global Energy Policy: @ColumbiaUEnergy; http://energypolicy.columbia.edu
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