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2014 News Items

May 2014

President Obama is touting a government report on climate change. He's taking steps to limit the greenhouse gases that contribute to a warming planet, but he faces political heat on Capitol Hill.

April 2014

“The near-term options are limited, so if supplies were cut off tomorrow, they’d be in a pretty difficult spot,” Jason Bordoff, who heads Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy and is a former energy and climate adviser to the Obama administration, said in an interview yesterday. “Before next winter, they really want to be building up as much storage as possible.”

But oil price gains have been limited so far, as oil flows from Russia have not been affected, according to Jason Bordoff, director of the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University. "In the near term, the market thinks that the EU will not move to a higher level of sanctions that would have potential to upset oil flows," he said.

“They still anticipate the ability to continue to partner with Russia for energy exploration in different parts of the world,” says Jason Bordoff, former senior White House energy adviser and director of the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University. “If this changes or escalates or sanctions get imposed in a stronger way, people are going to have to respond and scale back those plans.”

The award winners are Dr Ibrahim Ibrahim (lifetime achievement for the advancement of the Qatar energy industry), Dr Adnan Shihab-Eldin (lifetime achievement awards for advancement of Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries), Nobuo Tanaka (lifetime award for advancement of producer-consumer dialogue), Prof Tan Chorh Chuan (lifetime award for advancement of education for future energy leaders), Walid Khadduri (lifetime award for the advancement of international energy journalism) and Dr Rilwanu Lukman (lifetime award for advancement of the international energy policy).

In an interview with CNBC, CGEP Inaugural Fellow David Sandalow discusses both short- and long-term approaches to reducing European reliance on Russian energy supplies.

The shift from dependency toward self-sufficiency came extraordinarily fast, says Jason Bordoff, director of Columbia University's Center on Global Energy Policy and a former senior energy adviser to President Obama. A few years ago, the U.S. was expecting to be dependent on natural gas imports from countries such as Qatar. In early 2010, Bordoff says, the administration began to grasp the implications of the oil and gas boom as a result of fracking, the controversial method of pumping water and chemicals deep into shale deposits to release oil and natural gas. "This is a really historic opportunity for the country to dramatically reduce our dependence on energy imports and increase economic activity," Bordoff says, though he adds that the U.S. is still learning and understanding what impact it has on foreign policy and diplomacy. "But I do think the U.S. is engaging diplomatically from a position of greater strength now."

At a discussion on post-Fukushima energy policy of Japan and the role of nuclear power at Columbia University, former International Energy Agency executive director Nobuo Tanaka outlined Japan's journey back to nuclear power and its potential to become the world leader on new nuclear technology. Tanaka, a distinguished fellow of Columbia's Center for Global Energy Policy, explained that the nuclear accident in Fukushima was completely avoidable and attributed the root cause to human error.

“Over the last decade, our refining system spent billions of dollars to invest in heavy coking capacity and other capabilities to take more heavy oil, the kind you import from Venezuela and Canada,” says Jason Bordoff, former senior energy adviser to the White House and a public affairs professor at Columbia University. “A decade ago, that’s what everybody thought that we’d be doing. But suddenly, the world looks quite different – the U.S. is producing millions more barrels of oil a day, and all of that growth has come in the form of light, sweet crude production.”

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.”