Energy and Climate Change
Energy and Climate Change
- ReportDec 18, 2013
On November 14, 2013, roughly 40 participants from the federal government, industry, and environmental community gathered at CSIS for a three-hour session to discuss two issues: (1) Why electric utilities are interested in small modular reactors (SMRs) and their potential domestic market; and (2) The potential role for the U.S.
- Critical QuestionsBy Edward C. Chow, Prof. Brenda ShafferDec 17, 2013
President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan and a number of Western leaders witnessed December 17 in Baku the signing of documents for the final investment decision (FID) on the Shah Deniz phase II development. Shah Deniz gas exports from Azerbaijan will bring new volumes of natural gas to Europe.
- ReportDec 16, 2013
The United States has long acknowledged the importance of its allies and partners in securing shared interests. More recently, drawdowns in defense spending by the United States and many of its security partners have increased the urgency of leveraging and synthesizing national capabilities where possible. CSIS has launched the Federated Defense Project to assess and recommend
- ReportDec 3, 2013
The United States is at risk of finding its nuclear weapons capabilities severely weakened by the absence of an available capability to enrich uranium. International legal obligations prohibit the United States from using, for military purposes, foreign-produced enriched uranium or uranium enriched here in this country by foreign-source technology. With the closure of the Paducah, Kentucky, plant earlier this year, the United States has no domestic facility that uses U.S.-origin technology to enrich uranium, which, for example, could then be used to produce tritium, a key component in maintaining our nuclear arsenal. Further, existing stockpiles of tritium and enriched uranium produced by U.S.-origin technology are limited. Efforts to deploy a next-generation American enrichment technology must succeed so that our nation has the ability to address the forthcoming shortage of this strategic material. This national security requirement could be met with little cost to taxpayers if the federal government implemented policies that ensure a strong U.S. enrichment industry.
- CommentaryBy Edward C. Chow, Anne HudsonNov 20, 2013
Will Europe reduce its dependence on Russia for natural gas supplies? This question, prompted by the North American unconventional gas 'revolution,' has incited considerable debate.
- ReportBy CSIS Young ProfessionalsNov 15, 2013
New Perspectives in Foreign Policy is published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) to provide a forum for young professionals to debate issues of importance in foreign policy. Though New Perspectives seeks to bring new voices into the dialogue, it does not endorse specific opinions or policy prescriptions.
- CommentaryNov 13, 2013
Over the past decade the world has watched as energy demand growth has shifted away from traditional energy consumers in the developed world to the growing economies in developing regions. No growth has been as dramatic as the demand surge experienced in Asia, where energy demand has grown by 75 percent.
- Critical QuestionsNov 4, 2013
On Friday President Obama issued a new executive order directing federal agencies to coordinate with state and local actors to increase the ability to prepare for the impacts of climate change and to improve the resiliency of communities and infrastructure.
- CommentaryOct 21, 2013Changes in energy technology, and in the way oil and gas reserves are estimated, are beginning to raise serious questions about the level of future US dependence on energy imports and how this will affect US strategy. At this point, some answers are highly uncertain. Much depends on uncertain estimates of how new technologies and reserves will be developed over time.CommentaryOct 16, 2013
This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Arab Oil Embargo. And while certain (and selective) aspects of the event will undoubtedly be commemorated with policy fora and written reflections, it is useful to recall the contributory causes, significant impacts, and resultant policy- and market-induced outcomes in order to view the event in proper perspective.