Mr. Trump has presented himself as someone who seeks conflict, not conciliation, a fighter, not a peacemaker. And he has lived up to his self-image at a perilous time.
Jason BordoffQuite the lede by @peterbakernyt. “With a nation on edge, ravaged by disease, hammered by economic collapse, divided over lockdowns & even face masks & now convulsed once again by race, Trump’s first instinct has been to look for someone to fight.”
Extreme measures to fight the coronavirus have raised activists’ hopes for similarly drastic action on global warming. Here’s why they’re wrong.
Jason BordoffSeeing reports of mask-less revelers in NYC parks & Stillwater, OK residents rebelling against mask requirements reminded me of this I wrote just a month ago. Hard to solve problems that require collective action and public understanding & buy in.
Planet of the Humans deceives viewers about clean energy and climate activists.
Jason BordoffMichael Moore’s new film has raised quite a furor among many in the climate community. For a thoughtful and analytic explanation of the film’s flaws, this is the piece you want to read. @leahstokes
Jason Bordoff"The administration is also considering taking financial stakes in exchange for some loans, and some firms might be asked to reduce production." I wonder how industry would feel about what it may be asked to do if administration changes & feds have a stake
Jason Bordoff“Perhaps what’s most remarkable about Saudi Arabia and Russia delivering one of the largest supply cuts ever is that the person who brought them back together and pressured hardest to cut was historically OPEC’s harshest critic, President Trump.”
The Trump administration has finalized new fuel efficiency standards, lowering expectations from 54 miles per gallon by 2025 to 40 miles a gallon by 2030.
Jason BordoffAt exactly the moment when a historic oil price collapse that is causing widespread economic pain in US should remind us that true energy security comes not from how much we produce/export but from reducing oil intensity of the economy, Trump goes backward
The oil price collapse has sent shockwaves through financial markets. But the geopolitical earthquake could reach even farther.
Jason BordoffIn my latest essay for @ForeignPolicy, I examine the causes and consequences, economically and geopolitically, of this historic oil price collapse--for Saudi Arabia, Russia, OPEC, and American producers, consumers and economy.
Jason BordoffUnderappreciated in events of last 24 hrs is point in this piece that Russia's motivations were not just oil-related, but geopolitical, esp its anger w US over sanctions. Trump's foreign policy is boomeranging to hurt shale--and help drivers at the pump
A bill introduced last week by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) that Rep.
Jason BordoffAs article says, this bill is Sanders making good on campaign pledge to ban fracking. It’s getting lot of attention. But the takeaway from it should be reminder of how limited the president’s authority actually is without congress to keep it in the ground
Show PBS NewsHour - Full Show, Ep January 25, 2020 - PBS NewsHour Weekend full episode - Jan 25, 2020
Jason BordoffListening to @NewsHour while cleaning, & perked up when they went deep into wind energy. Then @mclott turns out to be the expert on the show! Can’t keep track of all the cool things @ColumbiaUEnergy scholars are doing these days 👍
CGEP Founding Director Jason Bordoff spent the past few days participating in the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Jason BordoffI attended #WEF2020, which seemed at times almost like a climate change conference this year. Yet despite the welcome focus on climate, significant gaps remain between rhetoric & reality that prevent stronger action. My reflections on this year’s #Davos.
Qassim Soleimani, leader of Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s foreign wing, was killed in a strike in Iraq, according to Iraqi State TV, PMF Officials.
Jason BordoffThis is a seismic event in the region. This is how US-Iran tit-for-tat spirals out of control. Iran's response will be severe & deadly. And certainly may include escalating attacks on energy infrastructure--Abqaiq was just the beginning.
In three years, the administration has diminished the role of science in policymaking while disrupting research projects nationwide. Experts say the effects could be felt for years.
Jason BordoffEven if one’s view is to reduce govt regulatory burdens, we should all be able to agree that it’s in the national interest to understand issues better w the best data & science. Loss of talent among civil servants will take years to repair.
Shale drillers made the U.S. the globe’s top producer, but the boom is showing cracks as the decade ends.
Jason BordoffAmazing to think back to Obama’s 2011 SOTU. Rather than succumb to same hyperbole of oil independence as so many past presidents, we tried to be realistic—pledging based on best data we had to cut oil imports 1/3 by 2025. And now we’ll be net exporter 2020
Retailers and consumers have made strides in reducing the amount of plastic packaging used. But easy wins distract us from the real climate crisis
Jason BordoffPublic misunderstanding about climate is stunning. “AT Kearney asked 1,500 Germans what had the strongest impact on reducing CO2 footprint. Of the 7 choices listed, 22% thought cutting out plastic bags had the biggest impact, more than any other option”
Right now, if the lights go out, cars and trucks generally keep moving. That may change in the future, says WSJ Energy Expert Jason Bordoff.
Jason BordoffCalifornia’s decade of planned blackouts should serve as a wake-up call to regulators everywhere to redouble efforts to boost reliability & resilience of the electricity system to support a transition to a low-carbon & more electrified economy. My latest