Varun Sivaram

Energy, Security, and Climate

CFR experts examine the science and foreign policy surrounding climate change, energy, and nuclear security.

Two Roads for Energy Innovation

by Michael Levi Monday, November 8, 2010

Shifting the focus of climate policy to investment in energy innovation has long been touted as a way to cut through international bickering over who should shoulder the cost of cutting emissions. Recent squabbling between the United States and China over whether Chinese government support for clean energy technology violates trade rules, though, should wake us up to the fact that life is not so simple. Read more »

Cap-and-Trade Didn’t Kill the Dems

by Michael Levi Friday, November 5, 2010

There’s been a lot of back and forth about whether cap-and-trade hurt the Democrats this past Tuesday. It’s mostly spin, with people focusing on whatever results they think bolster their case. But the debate matters: as Chris Horner of CEI points out, the fact that people attributed the 1994 bloodbath in part to Democrats’ attempt to pass a Btu tax is a big part of what killed anything along those lines for a generation. Read more »

Vacation Reading

by Michael Levi Monday, November 1, 2010

It’s time for another installment of holiday reading. What holiday, you say? Mine. Yep, I’ve been away since last Thursday, and you haven’t even noticed. (I’ll be back this Thursday.) But as my absence stretches into its fifth day, I grow warier of prescheduled posts: how embarrassing would it be if my software had just automatically posted something precooked about how the UN negotiations are a mess, despite an earth-shattering treaty having been agreed to yesterday? Read more »