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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.”