'Off the Charts' Podcasts
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The U.S. is producing more oil than ever before and starting to export it abroad, all thanks to the shale oil boom. This boost in production has led to greater economic payoffs for the U.S. than energy independence ever would, Harris Public Policy's Ryan Kellogg wrote recently in Forbes. Kellogg sat down with 'Off the Charts' host Jeff McMahon to dig deeper into the dynamics at work and what it all means for the United States and the global oil market.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has played an important role in the Trump administration, rejecting a proposal from the Department of Energy to subsidize coal and nuclear plants and largely staying true to its independent roots. Recently, EPIC’s Steve Cicala, an assistant professor at the Harris School of Public Policy, got the chance to sit down with one of the agency’s past chairmen, Jon Wellinghoff. They talked about the NOPR decision, what makes FERC’s culture unique, and the changing dynamics underway for electric utilities as distributed generation becomes a more important part of the U.S. energy mix.
On the heels of the Trump administration’s call for massive infrastructure spending, EPIC hosted three experienced leaders in government and industry to talk about the future of energy infrastructure. Former FERC chairman Jon Wellinghoff, CEO of the transmission developer Anbaric Ed Krapels, and a VP from pipeline operator Kinder Morgan Allen Fore discussed the opportunities and challenges facing development of U.S. energy infrastructure, and how policymakers and markets can overcome barriers to development. The panel was moderated by Steve Cicala, assistant professor at the Harris School of Public Policy.
One year in, President Trump’s climate policy agenda has largely focused on rolling back any progress started by his predecessor—from suspending a rule to limit methane leaks from oil and gas operations on federal land to beginning the process of repealing the Obama Administration’s signature climate change regulation, the Clean Power Plan, and withdrawing from the Paris Agreement. Central to the President's success in rolling back these efforts is a figure called the social cost of carbon. Host Jeff McMahon talks with UChicago Law's Mark Templeton and Roberto Borgert about the legal challenges surrounding the social cost of carbon that may undermine President Trump's efforts.
What is the conservative case for confronting climate change, especially in the current political environment? ‘Off the Charts’ host Jeff McMahon recently talked with Jim Connaughton, the chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality under President George W. Bush. Connaughton gave his take on the first year of the Trump administration and how Republican control of all three branches of the government has played out for the environment.
What are the implications of the Trump Administration's policies to expand fossil fuel development on federal lands? On January 24, 2018, EPIC hosted a conversation with Tommy Beaudreau, former Chief of Staff at the Department of Interior and the first-ever Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. The conversation was moderated by Mark Templeton, director of the Abrams Environmental Law Clinic at UChicago Law School.
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology has long been considered a necessary part of the energy mix if we are to reduce carbon emissions enough to avoid the worst consequences of climate change. But it has so far proven to be financially infeasible without a set price on carbon, with recent efforts failing to get off the ground. Enter a new venture: NET Power. Instead of burning fossil fuels and capturing the carbon dioxide as a separate process after the fact, NET Power has designed an innovative power generation process that uses carbon dioxide to turn turbines, generating low-cost electricity while virtually eliminating all air emissions. 'Off the Charts' host Jeff McMahon sat down with NET Power CEO Bill Brown.