A New Era of Energy Jobs

Posted by Mollie Simon

Energy jobs are powering our homes, our businesses, and our economic growth. Data released this week from the Department of Energy shows that from 2015 to 2016, the energy sector saw employment rise about 5%, adding over 300,000 jobs and accounting for 14% of the nation’s total job growth.  All while U.S. CO2...


The Utility Cyber Attack that Wasn’t, for Now

Posted by Christina Simeone

As 2016 came to a close, the Washington Post reported on December 31 that malware programming code from a Russian hacking operation (called Grizzly Steppe) had penetrated the U.S. electricity grid through a Vermont Utility company. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case. Later, the Washington Post heavily edited the article...


Update on Energy Threats and Responses in Cyber War

Posted by Christina Simeone

Back in June, I wrote a short blog about cyberattacks on the energy sector. The blog emphasized spear phishing and ransomware as contemporary cyber espionage concerns for energy companies, with disruption of critical energy infrastructure as a real, but lower probability threat. Threats and responses to protect...


Change is Money in Climate Change

Posted by Yann Manibog, Guest Contributor

In 2015, the private sector funded only $25B in project-level equity of the $391B in global climate finance. The balance either flowed through government budgets and the multilaterals that use these funds, or balance sheet financing, which tends to support the lowest risk investments. This pales in comparison to the $...


Will Pennsylvania Quake from Oil and Gas Wastewater Disposal?

Posted by John Quigley, Senior Fellow

On November 6, 2016, several dozen buildings in Cushing, Oklahoma sustained "substantial damage" during a 5.0 magnitude earthquake. The event was the latest of thousands of earthquakes that have hit The Sooner State in the last two years alone.  Oklahoma has, in fact, surpassed California as the most earthquake-prone...


Inconsistencies in Trump’s Fossil Fuel Strategy

Posted by Christina Simeone

During his campaign, President elect Donald Trump developed an energy agenda that focused on expanding production of fossil fuels.  He has presented ideas to open up federal lands to energy production, relaxing or ending regulations pertaining to energy production and pollution, and facilitating and increasing energy-...


Discussing the Future of PA’s Environment

Posted by John Quigley, Senior Fellow

President-elect Trump has promised an environmental policy agenda that includes, among other things: Pulling the U.S. out of the Paris climate deal, placing in peril international cooperation to combat climate disruption, to say nothing of future generations. Dismantling and de-funding the U.S. Environmental...


The World Needs a New Gas Technology Center—How About Philly?

Posted by William Hederman, Senior Fellow

The Kleinman Center for Energy Policy welcomes Dr. Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), to Penn's campus on Nov. 17. This is an event for our entire city and region to celebrate.   Dr. Birol will receive the second annual Carnot Prize award. The first award went to Pulitzer Prize...


What Will Happen to the Fight to Save the Climate Under President Trump?

Posted by John Quigley, Senior Fellow

President–elect Donald Trump has vowed to quickly remove the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate and bring back the glory days of coal in the United States. What will that mean for the global fight against climate disruption? What will it mean for Pennsylvania? Now, to be sure, many observers think that...


Trump’s Energy Aspirations

Posted by Christina Simeone

During campaigns, politicians make a lot of promises about what they will achieve. The realities of political, legal, and other constraints often prevent realization of these promises. That being said, it is useful to understand a new leader’s aspirations, which will serve as to guide their policy agenda. Here is a...


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