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2016 News Items

May 2016

Via Bloomberg

While the economies of OPEC members such as Venezuela and Nigeria remain under strain, they are probably resigned to the course set by Riyadh, said Jason Bordoff, director of the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University in New York. “Countries like Venezuela have been pushing OPEC for over a year now to do something to get the prices up,” said Bordoff. “They probably recognize that that’s a futile effort at this point. The Saudi strategy of allowing low prices to do the work of low prices is working.”

Via Associated Press

Jason Bordoff, the founding director of the Columbia Center on Global Energy Policy and a former senior adviser to the Obama administration, said he hoped Trump's remarks would reflect recognition of the complexity of the global energy system and the potential consequences of disruption. "Disconnecting the U.S. from the global energy market would be very damaging and harmful to both U.S. consumers and U.S. producers," he said.

Via Washington Post

“The best cure for low oil prices is low oil prices,” said Jason Bordoff, director of the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University. “They are doing just what the Saudis intended, causing supply to come offline and demand to grow.” “The big question now as the market comes back into balance as the price begins to rise past $50 toward $60 and the big question is what is the extent of new U.S. shale put the lid on that,” said Bordoff. “The answer we don’t know.”

Via CNBC

David Sandalow, a former U.S. undersecretary of energy, told CNBC's "Power Lunch" on Thursday simultaneously saving the coal industry and boosting natural gas production could be difficult. "[Trump] said he's going to put coal workers back to work but hasn't told us how. And at the same time, he said he's going to increase hydraulic fracturing, which is the main reason that prices have gone down for natural gas and that's what put coal miners out of work," Sandalow said.

“Increasing domestic energy production has economic and geopolitical benefits, but strong and smart environmental protections are needed to clean up toxic waste and clean up the air we breathe, and those shouldn’t be partisan issues,” said Jason Bordoff, director of Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy. “The U.S. coal industry has been in structural decline for decades, recently driven by things like weak global demand and cheap natural gas,” said Bordoff, a former director for energy and climate at the National Security Council under Obama. “And eliminating environmental rules protecting air and water is not going to bring those jobs back.”

Via Fortune

Fundamentally, the economics of the solar energy industry are still sound, says David Sandalow, fellow at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy. It’s just a matter of companies’ expanding steadily and having access to low-cost capital to finance that expansion.

Via UPI

"Khalid al-Falih has been a key part of the team making these decision for many years," Jason Bordoff, director of Columbia University's Center on Global Energy Policy, told The Wall Street Journal. "It represents a continuation of the path they've been on."

Via Wall Street Journal

The 80-year-old Mr. Naimi had for some time wanted to retire. His departure and Mr. Falih’s appointment were widely expected, suggesting market reaction to the moves is likely to be calm, said Jason Bordoff, director of Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy. “Khalid al-Falih has been a key part of the team making these decision for many years,” he said. “It represents a continuation of the path they’ve been on.”

April 2016

Via Fuel Fix

“While oil prices are low today, it is far from clear they will remain low,” said Jason Bordoff, director of the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University. “The oil industry has long known cycles of boom and bust, and there are many factors today that may combine to cause a price spike more quickly than anticipated.”

Via The Economist

“For years we’ve been told that Saudi oil policy is driven by commercial and economic considerations,” says Jason Bordoff of Columbia University’s Centre on Global Energy Policy. “Yet what happened in Doha seems to have had a big geopolitical dimension to apply pressure on Iran.”

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