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March 13, 2018

Energy and Climate Policy
U.S. President Donald Trump talks with Energy Secretary Rick Perry after delivering remarks during an "Unleashing American Energy" event at the Department of Energy in Washington, U.S., June 29, 2017. Why Fuel Economy Standards Matter to U.S. Energy Dominance

During last week’s international energy industry gathering in Houston, CERA Week, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry introduced a new buzzword for the Trump administration’s energy policy: “energy r…

February 9, 2018

China
Military troops march during a welcoming ceremony for U.S. President Donald Trump in Beijing, China. China Is Gaining on the United States. What Are We Doing About It?

Oriana Skylar Mastro is an assistant professor of security studies at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Ely Ratner is the Maurice R. Greenberg senior fellow for …

November 15, 2017

Energy and Climate Policy
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks between Vice President Mike Pence (L) and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt prior to signing an executive order on "Energy Independence," eliminating Obama-era climate change regulations, March 28, 2017. Hippocratic Oath for Bonn

This post is authored by Lindsay Iversen, associate director for climate and resources at the Council on Foreign Relations' Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies. You can follow her on twitter @li…

October 20, 2017

China
A Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle is seen at Stewart Chevrolet in Colma, California. China Is Poised to Take Over This Industry. America Can’t Let It Happen.

Ashley Feng is a research associate for China Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Sagatom Saha is a Fulbright researcher studying energy reform. The future of transportation will be elect…

March 19, 2018

Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia' oil minister and chairman of Saudi Aramco Khalid A. Al-Falih arrives as Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman meets Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May in Downing Street in London, March 7, 2018. IPO Politics and the Saudi U.S. Visit

This post is co-written by Jareer Elass, an energy analyst who has covered the Gulf and OPEC for 25 years. He is a regular contributor to the Arab Weekly. This week, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bi…

February 6, 2018

Energy and Climate Policy
A prototype hydrogen powered fuel cell semi-truck is shown by Toyota at the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S., November 30, 2017. Is Natural Gas the Transition Fuel for Hydrogen?

This post is co-written by Joan Ogden, professor of environmental science and policy at UC Davis and director of the Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways (STEPS) program at the campus’ Institut…

November 12, 2014

China
A worker inspects solar panels at a solar Dunhuang, 950km (590 miles) northwest of Lanzhou, Gansu Province September 16, 2013. China is pumping investment into wind power, which is more cost-competitive than solar energy and partly able to compete with coal and gas. China is the world's biggest producer of CO2 emissions, but is also the world's leading generator of renewable electricity. Environmental issues will be under the spotlight during a working group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Michael Levi: What the Big U.S.-China Climate Announcement Means

During the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Beijing, U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping jointly announced new targets to cut climate pollution in their resp…

April 18, 2018

Technology and Innovation
Robotic arms assemble Tesla Model S sedans at the company's factory in Fremont, California. Democrats Can Campaign on Technology for Edge in 2020

America-first rhetoric omits two important causes of middle America's economic woes: technology and automation. Democrats could use this to their advantage in the 2020 presidential election.  

April 19, 2018

World Order
People wait in line to attend a technology job fair in Los Angeles. Working on World Order: Help Wanted for Twenty-First Century U.S. Leadership

A new Council on Foreign Relations Independent Task Force report offers recommendations for mitigating technology-induced disruption to the domestic economy and U.S.-led international order. 

October 12, 2015

Deforestation_resized Guest Post: Financing to Protect Forests: Will Carbon Markets Deliver?

Carbon markets, once touted as a golden ticket for funding efforts to reduce deforestation, have yet to deliver on their promise. In this guest post, Brian Murray, research professor of environmental…