Category Energy Policy

What the Caspian Sea’s New Legal Status Could Mean for Global Security

Ethan Steakley, MPP Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives  The Caspian Sea is the world’s largest landlocked body of water and its fourth largest oil and natural gas reserve. In August 2018, after more than two decades of legal dispute, the five nations with Caspian coastline signed the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian […]

Reducing Negative Externalities of Natural Gas Production: Exploring Regulatory Alternatives

Jessica Blackband, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives A recent Pew study found that Americans perceive climate change as one of the top global security threats, second only to ISIS. Ancipicating significant long-term costs to human and natural communities, regulatory agencies wrestle with how to best manage climate risks. While advances like hydraulic fracturing are thought […]

Computer Vision and the Energy Sector

Charles Landau, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Image recognition and computer vision have come a long way in recent years. Computers and Artificial Intelligence tools have gotten better at identifying all kinds of objects, from people to road signs to hot dogs, but these new technologies can also be used to connect customers with opportunities […]

GW WonkCast S3E11-1: Below the Fold: Tariffs with China, Sacramento Police Pay District Attorney Following Killing, and a Rollback on Methane Regulation

Our three stories follow policy news hidden beneath the headlines. co-Host Eli Richman digs into tariffs on Chinese products. What does a trade deficit mean and why are folks upset about it? co-Host Gabe Moss explains that following the killing of Stephon Clark in Sacramento, the Sacramento Police Officers Association paid the District Attorney. Lastly, […]

GW WonkCast S3E5-1: Below the Fold: NYC Turnstile Jumping and Nuclear Waste Storage

This week’s Below the Fold covers policies toward turnstile jumpers in the NYC subway and a petition for assurance that nuclear fuel will be stored safely for 1,000 years. co-Hosts Natalia Abrahams and Erik LaDue weigh policy options on both topics with last week’s guest and Editor-in-Chief of the International Affairs Review Ian Hutchinson. Our […]

Why Energy Experts are Excited about Batteries

Charles Landau, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives The U.S. is increasingly investing in a future where more of our energy comes from renewable sources. Because these sources such as wind, solar, and hydroelectric power are intermittent and unreliable, energy innovators also need to invest in creating batteries that can store renewable energy when society’s needs […]

Beating Europe’s Addiction to Russian Oil and Gas

Matthew Dotzler, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives The fight for the soul of Eastern Europe has continued since the fall of the Iron Curtain and the rise of the Russian Federation. The former Soviet states have come far since being released from the shackles of the USSR, but their independence and freedom is always under […]