What Experts Say About the Future of the Energy Industry

Source: the Challenges for the Energy Industry, by Alina Tugend, October 15, 2017, the New York Times

This week, the 38th annual Oil & Money Conference was held in London, gathering over 500 executives, policy makers, financiers and experts from the international oil and gas industry. The following summarizes what experts say about the future of the energy industry.

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[번역/요약] 트럼프 행정부의 청정전력계획 폐지

Source: Trump Is Repealing the Clean Power Plan. Here’s What It Means, by the NYT Climate Team, October 10, 2017, the New York Times / EPA Announces Repeal of Major Obama-Era Carbon Emissions Rule, by Lisa Firedman and Brad Plumer, October 9, 2017, the New York Times

트럼프 행정부와 미 환경보호청(EPA) 스콧 프루이트는 청정전력계획(Clean Power Plan, CPP)을 폐지할 계획이다. CPP 폐지가 의미하는 바는 무엇일까?

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[번역/요약] 트럼프, 에너지 혁신 프로그램 예산 대폭 감축 예고

Source: “Trump Budget Proposes Deep Cuts in Energy Innovation Programs,” By Brad Plumer and Coral Davenport, May 24, 2017, the New York Times

트럼프 행정부의 2018년 예산안을 보면, 석유와 가스 자원으로부터 수백억 달러의 일회성 소득을 노리는 반면 장기적으로 유리한 미래 에너지 기술 연구 예산은 대폭 감축하는 등 국내 에너지 정책에 큰 변화가 있을 것으로 보인다.

최근 발표된 트럼프 대통령의 예산안에 따르면, 향후 10년간 국유지에 석유와 가스 채굴을 허용하는 등의 방안을 통해 미 정부가 약 360억 달러 이상의 소득을 벌어들일 것이다. 반면 에너지부 주관의 에너지 연구 프로그램에 31억 달러의 예산 삭감을 단행하여 작년에 비하여 18% 감소될 전망이다.  전기차 배터리 기술이나 석탄 및 가스 화력발전소의 탄소 포획 기술 등 온실가스 배출량을 줄이고 기후변화에 대처할 기술 개발이 이러한 프로그램의 주요 목적이다. 이에 청정에너지 산업에서 미국이 주도권을 놓칠 수 있다며 비판하는 목소리가 높다.

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[Summary]Measuring the progress and impacts of decarbonising British electricity

  • Title:  Measuring the progress and impacts of decarbonising British electricity
  • Date: December 2016
  • Author: Staffell, I.
  • Published: Energy Policy

Most advanced economies around the world are striving to cut its greenhouse gas emissions through a diversity of policies. But how could one measure the progress? This paper gives a good example of examining which data sources to look into, how to calculate carbon emissions from different sources, and what uncertainties are.

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More Action, No Delay: the Obvious Tasks of the U. S.’s Climate Change Policy

Many speculate what would happen to the U. S.’s pledges to curb greenhouse gas emissions after Donald J. Trump takes control of the White House. The U. S. promised not only to cut its own emissions through its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) but to help poor countries under the Paris Agreement. Unfortunately, the President-elect has openly vowed to leave this landmark deal, which intends to limit the global temerature increase to 2 degrees Celsius. So, what if the U. S. cannot meet, or even abandon, the INDC? Alternatively, if it somehow manages to deliver its promise, does it mean the worst-case climate scenario averted?

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Redefining National Interest: Debates Over Keystone XL Pipeline

One of the hottest environmental issues during the Obama Administration has been the Keystone XL pipeline. In January 2012, President Obama exercised his veto power against the proposed project. The 875-mile long pipeline and related facilities were supposed to transport up to 830,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil from Alberta, Canada and the Bakken Shale Formation in Montana [1]. Once constructed, the pipeline that would go across the entire North America is expected to last for over 50 years.

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