Energy

Alaska: Leading the Way on Climate Change Policy

How can Alaska, with its oil-dependent economy, address climate change and plan for a transition to a clean-energy economy? It’s a major challenge. In this edition of Wilson Center NOW, Lt. Governor Byron Mallott explains the state’s response to climate change through the work of the Climate Action for Alaska Leadership Team, charged with developing a recommended climate action plan and policy by September 2018.

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U.S.-Ukraine Energy Cooperation: A Discussion on Strengthening Ukrainian Energy Security

Section 257 of the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act stipulated the development of a plan to support strengthening Ukrainian energy security. While the sanctions act developed a framework for short-term U.S.-Ukraine collaboration, there are still questions about how collaboration between both the U.S. and Ukrainian energy sectors will develop in the future. Is there a path forward for greater cooperation in the energy sector and if so, what might it look like?

Assuring Energy Security with a Modern NAFTA

As negotiations reach the go/no go point for a revised North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), President Trump should recognize the agreement’s impact on one of his top priorities: U.S. energy dominance.  While the United States has been strengthening its domestic energy sector, Mexico and Canada have become our two most important energy partners.  Securing and expanding those partnerships benefits the U.S.

How Low (on Energy and Carbon) Can Buildings in China and the U.S. Go?

Cities consume 70% of global energy, with building construction and operation creating the largest energy footprint. Buildings are energy hungry in both the United States and China, using 40% and 20% of urban energy, respectively. In the United States and China, the real estate and construction sectors generate 40% of each country’s carbon emissions.

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