U.S. Energy Diplomacy report, additional news related to U.S. global energy policy

New York (March 1, 2018)—The Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University released a report focused on United States Energy Diplomacy. CGE is a grantee of the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation. Click here to read the report on U.S. Energy Diplomacy.

The oil and gas boom has turned the U.S. energy landscape upside down, with ripple effects throughout the world. This transformation has given rise to discussions of how Washington can leverage these newly found assets to its advantage internationally. The emerging consensus seems to be that major benefits accrue to those nations that produce massive amounts of hydrocarbons but, too often, misses a clearly defined starting point for analysis (e.g., the division of labor between public and private actors).

The Obama administration was the first to have this “tool” in its diplomatic toolbox and made repetitive claims about how American resources were going to be used to help allies (e.g., Europe). The transition to the Trump administration has seen numerous policy changes, including on the diplomatic front. This report examines the history of U.S. energy diplomacy and how the U.S. oil and gas boom has altered it.

Click here to read the report on U.S. Energy Diplomacy.

This news summary also includes the following reports related to and that influence U.S. global energy policy. The first document focuses on emissions trading in China. CGEP scholars Noah Kaufman and Jonathan Elkind explore whether China’s national CO2 emissions trading system (ETS) is likely to drive significant emissions reductions. 

Click here to read the report on China CO2 emissions trading system.

The next document reviews the continuing crisis in Venezuela. On December 4, 2017, CGEP hosted a second expert roundtable to explore the crisis in Venezuela. 45 experts from the oil and financial industries, academia, think tanks, consultancies, and multilateral organizations participated. This paper summarizes those discussions.

Click here to read the report on the crisis in Venezuela.

Richard Nephew, an expert on sanctions, writes on the consequences of a possible decision by President Trump to de-authorize the extension of sanctions waivers that permit the JCPOA to function.

Click here to read the report on consequences to withdrawing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran. 

Lastly, fellow James Stock examines a package of legislative renewable fuel standards (RFS) reform proposals, outlining their interactions and collective economic consequences in order to better understand how the United States might update and improve the RFS.

Click here to read the report on renewable fuel standards.

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