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Policy Brief - Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

Implementing Negative Emissions Technologies (NETs): An Innovation Note

| July 2019

The author explores approaches to effectively managing innovation of negative emission technologies (NET), as a means to contribute significantly to alleviating climate change and its impacts. He notes that “The greatest challenge to climate change innovation is how to manage the transition of technology from the R&D stage to deployment. For a new solution such as NET to gain policymaker approval and resources needed to develop and deploy a practical operating system, advocates must come forward with a design-of-innovation program.

Amplifying the Oil Boom By Liberating U.S. Exports


Analysis & Opinions - The Wall Street Journal

Amplifying the Oil Boom By Liberating U.S. Exports

| August 12, 2015

With U.S. oil production on a long-term uptick, the long-standing ban on direct exports of crude should be abolished. Bills in both houses of Congress propose to do just that, and on July 30 the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee sent one of them, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s Energy Policy Modernization Act, to the Senate floor for a vote.

Let’s hope the export ban is lifted with broad bipartisan support. The result will increase U.S. jobs and increase the country’s influence in world oil markets, with little risk of higher gasoline prices for consumers.

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Report - U.S. Department of Energy

Secretary of Energy Advisory Board: Report of the Task Force on Nuclear Nonproliferation

The Secretary of Energy on December 20, 2013 established the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB) Task Force on Nuclear Nonproliferation (TFNN) and charged it to “advise the DOE on future areas of emphasis for its nuclear nonproliferation activities by addressing the following questions:

1. What are the current and likely future challenges to nuclear nonproliferation?

2. What should DOE be doing to help the United States Government prepare to meet those challenges?

3. What are DOE’s current areas of emphasis in nuclear nonproliferation?

4. In what ways should DOE’s nuclear nonproliferation efforts be modified and/or expanded?

5. What obstacles stand in the way of making the recommended changes in DOE’s nuclear nonproliferation activities, and how might they be overcome?”

Inaccurate Senate Report Endangers U.S. Security

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Analysis & Opinions - Politico

Inaccurate Senate Report Endangers U.S. Security

| December 9, 2014

Today the Senate Intelligence Committee released reports from the majority and minority concerning CIA detention and interrogation activities following the 9/11 attacks. Americans and their friends should not welcome the report of the majority members of the Senate Intelligence Committee. It is inaccurate, it endangers U.S. security, and it is unfair to administration officials, members of Congress and intelligence officers.

Analysis & Opinions - The Wall Street Journal

Obama's Second-Term Energy Policy Is Working

| August 19, 2014

"President Obama has put energy and the environment at the top of his second-term agenda. The focus has been on climate change, and on exploiting the unexpected plenty of North American oil, gas and energy technology. The administration's progress has been notable...," writes John Deutch.

"The president's highest priority is to reduce the carbon-dioxide emissions of existing electricity generating power plants....The projected CO2 reductions—about 30% below 2005 levels by 2030—are reasonable and shouldn't significantly increase industry or consumer costs."

Analysis & Opinions - The Wall Street Journal

Made in America, and Everywhere Else

| March 13, 2013

The president's new manufacturing technology initiative understandably stresses the potential advantage to U.S. firms and workers, write John Deutch and Edward Steinfeld. However, they argue, "It doesn't acknowledge the growing global character of manufacturing, especially in high-technology fields, or the difficulty of designing assistance programs that target 'inside the U.S.' activities only."

Analysis & Opinions - The Wall Street Journal

The U.S. Natural-Gas Boom Will Transform The World

| August 15, 2012

"Two summers ago, natural gas cost $4.50 per thousand cubic feet, which was less than half what it had cost two summers earlier. Today the price is under $2.50," writes John Deutch, former director of teh C.I.A. and a member of the Belfer Center's International Council. "A United States hopelessly dependent on imported oil and natural gas is a thing of the past. Most energy experts now project that North America will have the capacity to be a net exporter of oil and natural gas by the end of this decade."

A U.S. soldier of 101st Airborne Division patrol in the outskirts of Bagram in north of Kabul, Afghanistan, March 8, 2009. U.S President Barack Obama ordered 17,000 more troops to Afghanistan to bolster the record 38,000 American forces already there.

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Analysis & Opinions - The Wall Street Journal

The Real Afghan Issue Is Pakistan

| March 30, 2009

Mr. Obama took a giant step beyond the Bush administration's "Afghanistan policy" when he named the issue "AfPak" -- Afghanistan, Pakistan and their shared, Pashtun-populated border. But this is inverted. We suggest renaming the policy "PakAf," to emphasize that, from the perspective of U.S. interests and regional stability, the heart of the problem lies in Pakistan.

Hoses connected to a gasoline tanker truck deliver fuel to an Exxon station in Little Rock, Ark., June 16, 2008.

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Priority Energy Issues

| September 12, 2008

John Deutch, MIT professor and member of the Belfer Center’s Board of Directors and International Council, testified on September 12, 2008 before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources’ Senate Energy Summit on the importance of taking several simultaneous energy-related actions to achieve a sustainable future.

Deutch noted that the U.S. economy is not meeting the three great energy challenges the country faces – moving away from a petroleum based economy, reducing CO2 emissions, and managing foreign policy consequences of energy dependence.  He proposed seven priority actions the country should take - ranging from establishing a charge for greenhouse gas emissions to expanding the use of commercial nuclear power.