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Columbia Energy Exchange features in-depth conversations with the world’s top energy and climate leaders from government, business, academia and civil society. The program explores today’s most pressing opportunities and challenges across energy sources, financial markets, geopolitics and climate change as well as their implications for both the U.S. and the world.
 
The energy world is in the midst of its greatest upheaval in a generation, redefining long-held geopolitical relationships with profound impacts on the global economy and environment. How do we balance the priorities of economic growth, energy security, and environmental sustainability? The Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University is a leading resource for research and discussion that gets beyond the polarization that threatens to overwhelm the energy debate. In each episode of ...
 
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In a 6-3 decision in West Virginia v. EPA, Supreme Court justices determined that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) overstepped its authority in regulating carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. Since the Thursday decision, several environmental groups have called the monumental ruling devastating to the Biden administration’s efforts …
 
This week, Columbia Energy Exchange brings you an episode of another podcast called Catalyst. It’s a weekly show hosted by climate tech veteran Shayle Kann about the future of decarbonization. Each week, different experts, researchers, and executives come on to unpack the latest hurdles to decarbonization and advancing new climate tech solutions. T…
 
President Biden is heading to Saudi Arabia next month amidst a global energy crisis. The trip is nothing new. For decades when faced with an oil crisis, presidents from both political parties have turned to Saudi Arabia. That’s because it’s one of the key players in the global oil market, producing about 10% of the world’s oil. For a deep dive into…
 
The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) continues to influence global energy systems, despite challenges to its unity and market share. Just this year, global leaders called upon OPEC to increase output to bring down oil prices. But the organization comes under tremendous scrutiny for many of the decisions it makes, with some argui…
 
Earlier this year, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed new regulations that would require publicly-traded companies to estimate their greenhouse gas emissions and disclose certain climate risks. The mandated rules around disclosure would be unprecedented in the United States and come at a time when investors are increasingly co…
 
Oil refiners are currently seeing a big boom in business – but how long will it last? The process of turning crude into usable products has been plagued for years by low profitability and overcapacity, and the pandemic took a toll on many refineries which in some cases shut their doors permanently. And now climate action, the potential for an econo…
 
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is responsible for safeguarding U.S. nuclear infrastructure, maintaining energy security, fostering technology innovation, and guiding the country towards a green energy transition. Today, the DOE is facing converging crises: climate change, global supply chains still impacted by the pandemic, and the Russian inv…
 
Europe is at a crossroads over nuclear power. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has pushed Europe to reconsider its energy mix. Migrating away from Russian supply chains has become a priority, and Europe is looking at nuclear as one possible alternative. But opinions about nuclear energy vary throughout the European Union, where a quarter of all electri…
 
Despite some setbacks, Europe is considering a ban on Russian oil, a major step toward energy independence from Russia. Meanwhile, Russia’s demand that buyers pay for its natural gas in rubles has put European consumers in a tough spot and has led Russia to cut off gas exports to Bulgaria and Poland. All of this puts Europe in the middle of an ener…
 
A rocky pandemic recovery, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and increasing social and consumer pressure to move away from Russian commodities have led to a spike in oil, natural gas, and even coal prices. For a look at how commodities should be regulated and how policymakers think about energy supplies in a fractious geopolitical environment, host Jas…
 
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has sent oil and natural gas markets for a loop. But less attention has been paid to the implications of the war for global energy and food security, particularly for the world’s least developed countries (LDCs). For a deep dive into whether Western nations can still fulfill the climate finance promises made to LDCs in …
 
Around the world, natural gas prices continue to tick upward, surging to levels not seen in more than a decade. Russia’s war on Ukraine is largely to blame for high energy prices in Europe as the continent competes with Asia for already tight supplies of non-Russian gas. And the scramble for alternatives to Russian gas has reached the US, where pri…
 
Russia’s oil and natural gas commodities get a lot of attention, but the country’s critical metals and minerals supplies – which include steel, titanium, nickel, cobalt and lithium – are also cause for concern. Moscow’s military invasion of Ukraine could disrupt the global supply of these materials, which can be found in every corner of our lives. …
 
Wildfires, extreme heat and particulate matter from fossil fuel power plants are increasingly affecting the well-being of people in the U.S. and other countries. In this episode, host Bill Loveless visits with Dr. Renee Salas about the adverse impacts of climate change on public health. As a leading public health researcher and emergency medical do…
 
Earlier this month, a delegation of senior U.S. officials made an unexpected visit to South America to meet with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. The visit caused a flurry of speculation. Will the United States consider easing oil sanctions on Venezuela to replace Russian crude? Such a move could have huge ramifications for Venezuela’s oil expo…
 
Heavy Russian airstrikes continue in Ukraine with no end in sight. As the conflict escalates, rising oil prices are causing alarm about the future of global energy markets. So far, sanctions issued by the European Union have spared Russia’s energy exports, but some European Commission officials have started to call for an oil embargo. To make sense…
 
An increased demand for energy following COVID-19 lockdowns created a severe energy supply crunch in Europe this winter. And now, decisions from corporate executives and government leaders to reduce or outright ban the purchase of Russian oil has forced energy prices even higher. For a look at how energy markets can be leveraged to end Russia’s war…
 
Russia’s continued military aggression towards Ukraine has become a full-blown humanitarian crisis. At the same time, energy prices are soaring as markets react to Russian oil and gas disruptions, including President Biden’s announcement today to ban US imports of Russian oil. The global energy ramifications of the conflict are profound. As a major…
 
Delegations from Kyiv and Moscow met in Belarus yesterday for the first round of talks which resulted in no resolution. At the same time Russian rockets battered Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, killing and wounding dozens, and leaving much uncertainty on what’s to come next. Sanctions have been the primary tool by the West to deter Russian …
 
Silicon Valley is giving greater attention to potential business opportunities in clean energy and climate. It’s also seeing enormous potential for growth when it comes to battery storage, geothermal, electric vehicles, solar, and more. But there are still questions about how the private sector can effectively fund these new technologies and ventur…
 
The conflict between Ukraine and Russia is intensifying and President Biden has warned that Putin could send troops into Ukraine any day. NATO countries, including the US, are sending military equipment to Ukraine in preparation for the worst. But Germany is holding back. With gas prices at an all-time high, the future of Nord Stream 2 in limbo and…
 
In February 2021, Winter Storm Uri pushed the Texas power grid to its limit, leading to widespread blackouts across the state. At its peak, the storm left 4.5 million homes and businesses without power, causing an estimated 250 deaths and $90 billion in damages. As extreme weather worsens, experts worry that the current regulatory system is not eno…
 
Elevated ocean temperatures are rising sea levels, inundating coastlines, sinking island nations, bleaching coral, and creating more dangerous hurricanes. But oceans also act as a buffer against global warming. Climate scientists are increasingly turning their attention to oceans. For a deep dive into the science shaping our understanding of the Ea…
 
The most abundant element in the universe, hydrogen seems – at least in theory – to be a good source of energy. But because of the high costs and other barriers associated with hydrogen power, the real story is more nuanced. For a deep dive into how the world can harness the power of hydrogen and what role it will play in the geopolitics of the ene…
 
How can the US and Canada cooperate to meet international and domestic climate targets? To try and answer that question, host Jason Bordoff spoke with Catherine McKenna – the former Canadian Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and former Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change. McKenna, who recently joined the Center on Global En…
 
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