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September 13, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Risks of Reducing U.S. Special Operations in Africa

The Pentagon plans to withdraw its special operations forces in Africa, but major cutbacks could threaten recent efforts to counter terrorism threats across the region.

Chadian soldiers take a break during Operation Flintlock, U.S.-led military exercises, in Diffa, Niger.

September 14, 2018

Renewable Energy
Why We Still Need Innovation in Successful Clean Energy Technologies

Today is my last day at CFR. I’m joining ReNew Power, India’s largest renewable energy firm, as their CTO. I’m excited for a new adventure but sad to leave the Council, which has given me support and…

Workers install photovoltaic solar panels at the Gujarat solar park under construction in Charanka village, in Patan district of the western Indian state of Gujarat, India, April 14, 2012.

August 30, 2018

Energy and Climate Policy
The Trump Affordable Clean Energy Policy: Deciphering Emissions Math

This post is co-written by Daniel Scheitrum, an assistant professor at the University of Arizona’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. In the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency do…

An empty podium awaits the arrival of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler to address staff at EPA headquarters in Washington, U.S., July 11, 2018.

August 14, 2018

United States
The Unconstrained Presidency: Checks and Balances Eroded Long Before Trump

This article was originally published in Foreign Affairs.  In the age of Donald Trump, it often feels as though one individual has the power to chart the United States’ course in the world all by …

August 2, 2018

Energy and Climate Policy
What States, Cities, and Corporations can do in the Face of Federal Resistance to the Clean Transportation Transition

Stefan Koester is an intern with the Energy Security and Climate Change program at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a graduate student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts Univ…

A motorist drives past a parking lot full of new Tesla electric vehicles in Richmond, California, U.S. June 22, 2018.

June 27, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: Court Backs EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Rules

DC’s U.S. Court of Appeals rejected a challenge to the findings by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that greenhouse gas emissions contribute to global warming and are therefore a threat to p…

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Director Lisa Jackson announcing the EPA finding that greenhouse gases are a threat to public health on December 7, 2009 (Jonathan Ernst/Courtesy Reuters).

June 26, 2018

Renewable Energy
The Digital Revolution Is Transforming Energy—Whether It Slows Climate Change Is Up to Policymakers

This post is about a new book, “Digital Decarbonization: Promoting Digital Innovations to Advance Clean Energy Systems,” edited by Varun Sivaram. It is available as a paperback or e-book on Amazon, a…

Wind power station and global communication concept.

December 21, 2009

Forests and Land Management
Deforestation and Greenhouse-Gas Emissions

Loss of forests is a major contributor to greenhouse-gas emissions. Plans to devise a policy tool for using trees for carbon dioxide sequestration are now under way.

September 14, 2006

United States
U.S. Companies and Greenhouse Gas Regulations

Although it seems clear the United States will not change its current position and sign onto the Kyoto treaty, some U.S. companies are starting to push for mandatory federal regulations on greenhouse…

March 29, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: EPA Proposes Greenhouse Gas Limits on New Plants

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed limits for carbon dioxide emissions of new power plants (NYT). The rules will require future power plants to restrict emissions to less than 1,000 p…

Carbon capture test project at a West Virginia power plant of American Electric Power (AEP).  The project was co-funded by the Department of Energy, but halted last year (AEP/Courtesy Reuters).