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Video Brief Roundup: Climate Change and Energy

by Newsteam Staff
January 2, 2013


These videos are from a series with CFR fellows on vital foreign policy and national security topics that will face President Barack Obama in his second term. They were recorded during the campaign and originally posted as part of the President’s Inbox, a collection of materials on issues that will face the next president beginning next year.

Michael Levi on Climate Change

The Obama administration will face at least three sets of climate challenges including reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, facing international pressure, and developing climate-friendly technology, says CFR’s Michael Levi. The United States must also be prepared for a potential “clean energy race” to invent new clean technologies and capture the markets for these technologies, Levi says.

Click here to view the video on YouTube.

Michael Levi on Energy

The administration also will face at least three sets of energy challenges, says CFR’s Michael Levi. The president will have to continue to focus on reducing U.S. dependence on oil, he says, in order to make the economy less vulnerable to disruptions in oil markets. At the same time, the recent increase in natural gas and oil production, Levi says, will require the president to facilitate development in a way that maximizes economic payoffs but is also sustainable and addresses environmental concerns.

Click here to view the video on YouTube.

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