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Off The Charts Energy Podcast
44 minutes | Nov 22, 2021
The Future of Oil & Gas on Federal Lands
The federal oil and gas leasing process plays a critical role in deciding whether, where and when oil and gas resources on public lands are developed, the revenue the government takes in, and the extent to which the local environment is protected. But the process is due for an update. Recognizing the need for reforms, President Joe Biden temporarily suspended oil and gas lease sales in January while his administration could review the program—a review that is still ongoing. On November 15, EPIC hosted Interior Deputy Secretary Tommy Beaudreau for a conversation on the future of oil and gas drilling on federal lands, moderated by The Washington Post’s Juliet Eilperin. Harris Public Policy’s Ryan Kellogg, who provided recommendations to reform the process with Booth scholar Thom Covert earlier this year, joined the conversation.
18 minutes | Nov 18, 2021
Pollution Talks: A Conversation with Indian Member of Parliament Gaurav Gogoi
Air pollution is the single greatest threat to human health globally, having a more devastating impact on life expectancy than communicable diseases like tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, behavioral killers like cigarette smoking, and even war. According to recent data from EPIC’s Air Quality Life Index, or AQLI, people living in the most polluted regions of the world could see their lives cut short by 5 years or more. To dive deeper into the problem of air pollution and what policymakers are doing to confront it, EPIC will occasionally feature conversations with the AQLI’s director, Ken Lee, and various government officials, advocates, health experts and others dedicated to reducing air pollution in the countries where they live. For our first conversation in this series, Lee talks with Gaurav Gogoi, an Indian member of Parliament who has been a vocal advocate for clean air.
48 minutes | Nov 3, 2021
Where do Americans Stand on Climate and Energy Policy?
Climate change is a top priority for President Joe Biden as he prepares to meet the world at the next international climate summit, COP26, in November. But how big of a priority is it for the American public? How much would they pay out of their own wallets to confront climate change? And, where do they stand on key issues? On October 26, EPIC hosted a conversation with the 2021-2022 Visiting Fellows in Policy Practice Carlos Curbelo and Heather McTeer Toney. Curbelo and McTeer Toney dug into the results of an EPIC/AP-NORC poll conducted to track opinions on central topics shaping the energy and climate landscape in the United States. EPIC Director Michael Greenstone joined the conversation, which was moderated by The Atlantic’s Rob Meyer. Read more about the event: https://epic.uchicago.edu/events/event/where-do-americans-stand-on-climate-and-energy-policy/
22 minutes | Aug 13, 2021
The Roadmap: Do Energy Efficiency Programs Work? Lessons for Policymakers
You’ll be hard pressed to find a climate agenda that doesn’t include policies to encourage energy efficiency. It makes sense. Reducing energy consumption while lowering households’ electricity bills and greenhouse gas emissions at the same time—a win for everyone, right? While the concept of doing more with less energy is appealing, research is piling up that these policies often don’t deliver as promised and can be expensive ways to reduce carbon emissions. This as the Senate’s infrastructure bill provides an historic investment into one of the central energy efficiency programs researchers have pointed to as underdelivering. Today, I’m talking with Harris Public Policy assistant professor Fiona Burlig about this line of research and ways policymakers could improve the programs. https://epic.uchicago.edu/area-of-focus/making-energy-efficiency-work/
36 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
The Roadmap: A Clean Energy Economy Requires A Just Transition from Coal
Meeting the Biden administration’s goal of transitioning to a carbon-free power sector will mean accelerating a shift away from coal that is already on its way. In our fourth episode in the series, Rob talks with Mark Templeton, the director of the University of Chicago Law School’s Abrams Environmental Clinic, about the many levers that could be used to accelerate the transition from coal and ensure coal communities aren’t left behind during this transition.
39 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
The Roadmap: Boosting Clean Energy to Achieve a Carbon-Free Power Sector
In our third episode in this special series, The Atlantic's Rob Meyer talks with Steve Cicala and Michael Greenstone to take a hard look at the barriers that today’s fragmented grid imposes on the growth of renewables, and what steps the government can take to remove those barriers. But taking those steps will likely not be enough, and many in Washington are supporting a Clean Electricity Standard—though not everyone agrees on what qualifies as “clean.” https://epic.uchicago.edu/area-of-focus/decarbonizing-the-us-economy-with-a-national-grid/
45 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
The Roadmap: Fuel Economy Standards—The Other Transportation Policy
Where does climate and energy policy go from here? In the new podcast miniseries The Roadmap, The Atlantic's Rob Meyer joins EPIC scholars to take a deep dive into timely climate and energy issues and the evidence behind needed policy changes, as described in the U.S. Energy & Climate Roadmap. For our second episode, Rob talks with EPIC Executive Director Sam Ori and Harris Public Policy's Koichiro Ito about transportation emissions. While new proposals to boost electric vehicles have dominated much of the Biden administration’s transportation agenda, the predominate policy tool to reduce carbon emissions in this sector has historically been fuel economy standards—and they’re due for an update. Rob, Sam and Koichiro explore what they are, where they came from, and where we go from here.
33 minutes | May 26, 2021
The Roadmap: The Case for a Carbon Price and How to Prevent Leakage
Episode 1 : The Case for a Carbon Price and How to Prevent Leakage For the first episode, Rob talks with EPIC Director Michael Greenstone and UChicago Law’s David Weisbach about one of the most important and political issues in climate policy: carbon prices. They also discuss one of the biggest questions surrounding carbon pricing, which is how to impose a carbon price without driving industry overseas and without exporting carbon emissions—a phenomenon called carbon leakage. https://epic.uchicago.edu/us-energy-and-climate-roadmap/
1 minutes | May 24, 2021
Miniseries: The Roadmap (Trailer)
Over the coming months, The Atlantic's Rob Meyer will join EPIC scholars to take a deep dive on timely climate and energy issues and the evidence behind needed policy changes laid out in the U.S. Energy & Climate Roadmap. Up first, David Weisbach will talk more about border tax adjustments and his recommendations to prevent carbon leakage. He'll be joined by EPIC Director Michael Greenstone for a larger conversation on carbon pricing.
48 minutes | Mar 17, 2020
A Conversation with Former Energy Advisor to President Trump Michael Catanzaro
Having served in several senior energy and environmental policy positions in the House of Representatives, Senate, EPA, and the White House—including most recently as special assistant to President Trump on energy and environmental issues—Michael Catanzaro knows both energy policy and the complicated politics behind it. The Atlantic’s Rob Meyer, a journalism fellow at EPIC, recently interviewed Catanzaro, who is now president of the consulting firm CGCN Group and a policy fellow at EPIC. The two talked about how a potential Biden administration might think about climate and energy policy, what to look for in a second Trump administration, and what steps Congress could take on these issues.
43 minutes | Feb 27, 2020
The Challenges of Decarbonization: A Conversation with Former CARB Economist Emily Wimberger
As the former chief economist for the California Air Resources Board, Emily Wimberger has spent her career at the intersection of critical energy and environmental issues, ranging from air pollution to fuel economy to carbon markets. The Atlantic’s Rob Meyer, a journalism fellow at EPIC, recently interviewed Wimberger, who is now a climate economist at the Rhodium Group and a policy fellow at EPIC. The two talked about the challenges of decarbonization, including the economics and politics surrounding fuel economy standards, where Jeff Bezos should spend the $10 billion he’s promised to the climate fight, and how a second-hand Honda Civic led her to a career in environmental economics.
57 minutes | Nov 15, 2019
Oil, Security and Geopolitical Risk: Lessons from the Saudi Oil Attacks
On November 6th, EPIC and The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts convened a conversation about energy geopolitics and their economic implications, with a specific focus on the lessons learned from the Abqaiq attack. The event featured Robert McNally, the president of The Rapidan Group and a former senior director for international energy at the White House National Security Council; Suzanne Maloney, Senior Fellow and Deputy Director for Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution; and Harris Public Policy Professor Ryan Kellogg, an EPIC affiliated scholar who studies the economics of oil markets. The event was moderated by Robinson Meyer, EPIC’s Visiting Fellow in Journalism and a reporter for The Atlantic.
76 minutes | Nov 15, 2019
A Conversation with Senator Lisa Murkowski
In an era of divided government, there has been concern over Congress’s ability to reach compromise and pass legislation. With Democrats in the majority in the House of Representatives and Republicans in control of the Senate and the White House, progress has been limited. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is one of only five women Republican Senators and is considered by many to be a key leader for forging compromise in this environment. Senator Murkowski has time and again made headlines for key votes on everything from healthcare to climate policy.
51 minutes | Oct 23, 2019
Powering the Future: The Challenges of Building a 21st Century Electric Grid
The U.S. energy landscape is rapidly changing. As the cost of wind and solar power drops, allowing these energy sources to compete against coal- and natural gas-fired power plants, pressure is mounting to develop an electric grid that can sustain more renewables and deliver their power to more homes and businesses throughout the country. In the book “Superpower: One Man’s Quest to Transform American Energy,” Wall Street Journal reporter Russell Gold chronicles Michael Skelly’s mission to improve the U.S. electric grid by building a network of transmission lines to connect solar and wind hotbeds to areas of the country where demand for energy is high. Experts in the field broadly agree that this grid integration is the key to unlocking the clean, affordable grid of the future. The book provides deep insights on the challenges of achieving such a system and the opportunities ahead. Recently, EPIC’s Director Michael Greenstone sat down with Russell Gold to talk about “Superpower,” the characters and lessons it details, and the future of the U.S. electricity grid.
32 minutes | Aug 5, 2019
Building Climate Resiliency into State Planning: A Discussion with Kate Gordon
As director of the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research and senior climate advisor to Gov. Gavin Newsom, Kate Gordon spends a great deal of time thinking about how states can build climate resiliency into their growth plans. We talked with Gordon about mitigation, adaptation, and resilience in one of the country’s largest, most diverse, and most proactive states. Gordon, a co-author of the Fourth National Climate Assessment’s chapter on adaptation, detailed ways California is boosting its economic growth while becoming better able to weather the wildfires, sea level rise, and other climate impacts already affecting the state.
39 minutes | Jul 22, 2019
One State’s Push Toward 100% Clean Energy: A Discussion With Colorado Energy Director Will Toor
Colorado Governor Jared Polis recently announced a roadmap for the state to generate 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2040. At the same time, he signed a suite of legislation to decarbonize the electricity sector, expand energy efficiency programs, and more. Much of the responsibility for delivering these goals will fall on the shoulders of Will Toor, the executive director of the Colorado Energy Office. Toor joined us to talk about these clean energy efforts and others, including work to get more electric vehicles on the road and to reduce emissions from various sectors.
40 minutes | Jun 24, 2019
Energy and Climate Policy: A Discussion With Rep. Sean Casten
A series of extreme weather events, reports warning of the dire consequences of unmitigated carbon emissions and grassroots activism have propelled climate change to a level of importance in Congress not seen in nearly a decade. Axios Energy Reporter and inaugural EPIC Journalism Fellow Amy Harder sat down with freshman Congressman Sean Casten (D-Ill.), a former clean energy entrepreneur and scientist, and EPIC Director Michael Greenstone, during the Congressman's visit to EPIC in late May. The group discussed climate and energy policy solutions, the politics of energy and climate change, defining innovation and more in this edition of 'Off the Charts.'
52 minutes | Jun 10, 2019
Unpacking Climate and Energy Policy in the 116th Congress
On May 29th, Congressman Sean Casten (D-Ill.) joined Axios’ Amy Harder to discuss the outlook for climate and energy policy in the current Congress, as well as the broader outlook for renewables in the United States.
69 minutes | May 29, 2019
Can Cities and States Solve the Climate Crisis?
To explore the ability of non-federal actors in the U.S. to mitigate climate change, the Phoenix Sustainability Initiative hosted a conversation with Chris Wheat, director of strategy and city engagement for the American Cities Climate Challenge at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to a packed auditorium in the Saieh Hall for Economics on the University of Chicago campus. EPIC’s Amir Jina, an assistant professor at the Harris School of Public Policy, moderated the discussion.
38 minutes | Apr 30, 2019
The Economics And Politics of Renewable Portfolio Standards
Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS)are perhaps the best-known state-level policy for addressing climate change, requiring that a certain percentage of a state’s electricity come from renewable sources. New research by EPIC Director Michael Greenstone on the cost and effectiveness of RPS served as the catalyst for an expert panel discussion with EPIC’s 2018-19 Policy Fellows, Melanie Kenderdine and McKie Campbell, moderated by Axios Energy Reporter and EPIC Journalism Fellow Amy Harder.
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