Petroleum Companies Need a Credible Climate Plan
Published November 2018
DEBORAH GORDON, STEPHEN D. ZIMAN
Calls for tighter limits on greenhouse gas emissions have put petroleum companies in the driver’s seat. It’s time for them to develop transparent systems based on standardized, verifiable climate plans.
Oil Shake-Up: Refining Transitions in a Low-Carbon Economy
Published April 2018
DEBORAH GORDON, MADHAV ACHARYA
It is critical to assess how shifting to a low-carbon economy will impact oil refining—piecemeal or isolated policy efforts could lead to unintended consequences.
Advancing Public Climate Engineering Disclosure
Published May 2018
DEBORAH GORDON, SMRITI KUMBLE, DAVID LIVINGSTON
The idea that climate engineering provides a get-out-of-jail-free card is fraught with risk. More transparency is needed to help ensure it successfully addresses climate change.
Corruption in the Oil Industry
Published September 2017
Guest host Deborah Gordon is joined by Carnegie Senior Fellow Sarah Chayes, dean of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and author Steve Coll, and Nigerian anticorruption activist Olarenwaju Suraju to discuss how corruption can become an inextricable part of an economy and how civil society and the U.S. government can work to prevent it.
Smart Tax: Pricing Oil for a Safe Climate
Published June 2016
Because of the growing chemical and geological diversity of the new oils, the lack of alternative liquid fuels for transportation, and the size and global scope of oil production and trade, a tax is most needed in the oil sector.
Deborah Gordon on Unconventional Oils and the Oil Climate Index
Published OCTOBEr 2016
The world of oils is becoming increasingly complex. Compared to a decade ago when there were very few types of oils, new technologies such as fracking have allowed around 300 new oils to come on-stream. Figuring out which oils are the most carbon intensive—depending also on how they are refined and used—has become very complex but also very important for investors and regulatory agencies. Tom Carver, vice president for communications and strategy at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, sat down with Deborah Gordon to discuss the ways the OCI describes the new world of unconventional oils.
Oil Innovations to Reduce Climate Impacts
Published OCTOBEr 2016
DEBORAH GORDON, JEFFREY FELDMAN
Reducing emissions through innovation is technically feasible, and despite a regulatory focus on other fossil fuels, oil will increasingly offer ways to mitigate climate change.
Know Your Oil: Creating a Global Oil-Climate Index
Published March 2015
With a shift from the production of conventional oil to unconventional oil, the world is at a key moment to determine the future energy balance between oil and low-carbon alternative fuels.
Managing China’s Petcoke Problem
Published May 2015
Petroleum coke (petcoke), a by-product of petroleum refining that is high in contaminants, has quietly emerged in China as an inexpensive, but very dirty, alternative to coal. A significant share of the petcoke used in China is imported from the United States, where it is generally considered waste. The Chinese government is committed to reducing coal consumption for environmental reasons, but petcoke is not yet well-known to the country’s policymakers. Still, its use and resulting emissions must be addressed if efforts to reduce air pollution and climate change are to be effective.
The Carbon Contained in Global Oils
Published December 2012
Policy guidance is needed to strike a balance between exploiting new energy assets from unconventional oils and protecting the climate.
The Role of Transportation in Driving Climate Disruption
Published December 2010
Supporting a new, low-carbon, location-efficient, productive, and high-growth economy for the twenty-first century will be key to maintaining U.S. leadership in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.