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2016 News Items

July 2016

Via Marketplace

“You know, if you suddenly don’t have enough oil out there, knowing that it is, that storage is available in lots of places in the world, that really helps with energy security,” said Jamie Webster, nonresident fellow at the Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy.

Via Financial Times

Jason Bordoff of Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy said: “In the Middle East there is huge interest in increasing gas supplies, and the US is one of the world’s cheapest sources of gas.”

Via Financial Times

Jason Bordoff of Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy said Turkey was a “hugely important transport hub” for oil and gas flows. Mr Bordoff said the turmoil in Turkey was a reminder of the importance for all energy consumers of having a wide range of suppliers. “Expanding diversity of supply provides increased energy security for when unexpected events happen,” he said.

Via Washington Post

“I’m not panicked it’s going to fall apart,” said Richard Nephew, who headed the U.S. sanctions team in negotiations until early last year. “But if we don’t see things start to improve inside Iran, it will be much more difficult for Rouhani to stay on course.”

Via Politico

“In my experience, the most challenging [cross-border] projects were the electric-transmission projects," said David Sandalow, who was DOE’s assistant secretary for policy and international affairs during President Barack Obama’s first term. “They require a fair amount of institutional cooperation on each side and require coordination between U.S. and Mexican institutions, and I would not expect to see that grow in an environment in which the overall relationship was extremely toxic,” added Sandalow, who is now the inaugural fellow at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy.

June 2016

Via New York Times

To solve today’s biggest energy problems, the I.E.A. needs to have the world’s most important energy players as part of it,” said Jason Bordoff, director of the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University.

Via Bloomberg

“They [Iran] have surprised most market participants with the speed they’ve been able to resume production,” said Antoine Halff, a senior fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University in New York. “But to exceed pre-sanctions levels would require investment and technology and that’s a much longer-term proposition.”

Via Washington Post

“This would be the first time a U.S. aviation company was having a discussion with Iranian purchasers of civilian airliners since the early ’70s,” said Richard Nephew, a sanctions expert who was on the State Department team negotiating with Iran and who now works at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy. “Based on my experiences in negotiations, the Iranians were clear that they liked Boeings and liked Airbuses and wanted a bit of both.”


Iran is on track to restore oil production and exports to pre-sanction levels, surprising many analysts. It's one of the areas where Iran has benefited from the nuclear deal it made with world powers. CGEP Fellow Bob McNally spoked with NPR's Jackie Northam.

Via Foreign Policy

“There are a lot of positive, encouraging signals — including today’s announcement — that India is taking the threat of climate change more seriously,” said Jason Bordoff, a former Obama energy and climate advisor who now directs Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy. “We should applaud what India is doing, but not get carried away."