Category: COVID-19

The Biden Administration Has Taken Some Bold Steps on Energy, But More Remains to be Done 5/12/2022

The Biden Administration Has Taken Some Bold Steps on Energy, But More Remains to be Done

Payne Institute Director Morgan Bazilian and Duncan Wood write about how President Biden’s recent invocation of the Defense Production Act (DPA) to include five critical minerals is an important symbolic step toward moving to a low-carbon energy and transport system. The minerals mentioned in Biden’s announcement are those that are especially fundamental to modern batteries for electric vehicles and energy storage for power systems that are increasingly reliant on wind and solar power.  May 12, 2022.

Location, Location, Low-Carbon: How Climate is Changing the Holy Trinity of Real Estate 5/6/2022

Location, Location, Low-Carbon: How Climate is Changing the Holy Trinity of Real Estate

Payne Institute Communications Associate Simon Lomax writes about how the cardinal rule for real estate used to be location, location, location, but now he is confident the new trinity that drives value in the real estate sector: location, location, low-carbon.  Location remains critically important, but for a growing number of real estate firms, so is climate change and speeding up the world’s transition to a zero-carbon energy system.  May 6, 2022. 

Can oil companies use their extra money to ease pain at the pump? It’s complicated. 4/12/2022

Can oil companies use their extra money to ease pain at the pump? It’s complicated.

Payne Institute Director Morgan Bazilian is featured on this podcast about how the cost of gasoline continues to rise across the globe and in the United States due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and continued inflation associated with the global pandemic.  However, lowering the price at the pump isn’t just about big oil making a small amount less.  April 12, 2022.

A New Era of Climate Action Calls for Climate Doctors 2/15/2022

A New Era of Climate Action Calls for Climate Doctors

Stefan Wheat and Payne Institute Fellow Jay Lemery write about how educating this generation of physicians in climate resilience is critical.  Despite years of sobering warnings of this existential threat and the clear human health implications posed by climate change, the medical community has been slow to respond, offering little training in medical schools or early medical career programs on climate-linked illnesses. February 15, 2022.

3 lessons from the energy crisis 12/17/2021

3 lessons from the energy crisis

Payne Institute Researcher Brad Handler and Director Morgan Bazilian write about how understanding the cause of tight supply and high prices is not as simple as blaming Biden, or windmills, or oil and gas producers.  The recent tightening of energy markets and ensuing price spikes are being felt globally. These conditions are driven by a multitude of factors related to fossil fuel demand and supply. Fingers are being pointed at producers, at the transition to clean energy sources, and at government.  December 17, 2021.

THE EMERGING GLOBAL NATURAL GAS MARKET AND THE ENERGY CRISIS OF 2021-2022 12/14/2021

THE EMERGING GLOBAL NATURAL GAS MARKET AND THE ENERGY CRISIS OF 2021-2022

Payne Institute Fellow Alex Gilbert, Director Morgan D. Bazilian, and Samantha Gross write about the the ongoing energy crisis of late 2021 looks sure to move into 2022. It has already had wide-ranging impacts on economics, the environment, and security. This essay considers a few of the tensions arising for government policy, investors, and consumers. The crisis has three distinct elements: COVID-19 and supply chain disruptions, greater interconnectedness of natural gas markets, and signs of energy price
volatility during the energy transition away from fossil fuels. December 14, 2021.

Cop26 made tangible progress with shift to ‘the hows’ in climate action – webinar told 12/8/2021

Cop-26 made tangible progress with shift to ‘the hows’ in climate action – webinar told

Payne Institute Director Morgan Bazilian contributes to this article about how the recent Cop-26 global summit marked a big shift in moving away from words and rules on climate action, to “the hows” on how global warming can be addressed.  Cop-26 delivered real progress and could have gone much worse because of issues such as Covid-19 and the climate finance controversy with failed promises of sustained support for developing countries.  December 8, 2021.

Coal prices are rising, but producers can’t keep up with demand 10/7/2021

Coal prices are rising, but producers can’t keep up with demand

Payne Institute Faculty Fellow Ian Lange contributed to this article about how coal, where supply shortages are pushing prices to record highs as well, has more than doubled in price. But for all its stigma, coal is pretty entrenched. It still generates more than half the energy in China, the world’s second-largest economy.  October 7, 2021.

The Kenyan Connection: Shedding Light on a Global Hub in the Trade of Illicit Gold and Mercury 9/13/2021

The Kenyan Connection: Shedding Light on a Global Hub in the Trade of Illicit Gold and Mercury

Payne Institute Deputy Director Greg Clough is part of the team of Colorado School of Mines researchers working on the IMPACT project that is transforming natural resource management to empower the artisanal gold mining communities in Nairobi.  IMPACT is exploring ways to disrupt the illicit gold supply chain networks.  September 13, 2021. 

Tackling Energy Poverty and Climate Change through Sustainable Power Generation in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq 6/9/2021

Tackling Energy Poverty and Climate Change through Sustainable Power Generation in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Payne Institute Fellow Peri-Khan Aqrawi-Whitcomb and Prsha Abubakr Othman write about how the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) continues to tackle a myriad of socio-economic and political issues, intensified by a global crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These socio-economic and political setbacks are amplified by energy poverty and climate change.  June 9, 2021.