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former Congressman Carlos Curbelo

Former Congressman Carlos Curbelo Joins Columbia Center on Global Energy Policy

As a Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Curbelo will focus on the nexus of energy and climate policy and support the center’s carbon tax research.

by |January 7, 2019

Renewable Energy: What’s True, What’s False

A short, handy new guide from the Earth Institute cuts through the noise about renewable energy to lay out the facts about this politically charged subject.

by |January 7, 2019
Abigail Ross Hopper

What’s In Store for U.S. Solar Energy in 2019?

A new podcast episode explores what’s next for solar power amidst increasingly ominous reports about climate change and ongoing debates over the role of federal and state policies.

by |January 2, 2019

The Climate Talks Struggle While California Forges Ahead

The contrast between the climate talks in Poland and progress by California is illuminating and provides a clear indication of how the climate crisis will actually be addressed.

by |December 17, 2018
wind farm on cloudy day

How Climate Impacts Solar and Wind Power Supply

New research shows that long-term weather patterns could have a huge effect on the success of renewable energy

by |December 11, 2018

American Geophysical Union 2018: Key Events From the Earth Institute

The American Geophysical Union fall meeting takes place Dec. 10-14 in Washington, D.C. Here is a guide to key talks and other events from Columbia’s Earth Institute.

by |December 3, 2018

A New Primer on Climate Change

A Q&A with Jason Smerdon, coauthor of the newly revised Climate Change: The Science of Global Warming and Our Energy Future.

by |November 14, 2018
two men talk at a table

What U.S. Midterm Elections Mean for Energy, Environment

A new podcast episode explores the federal policy landscape looking out to 2020, as well as key referenda at the state level, including carbon fees and restrictions on oil and natural gas drilling.

by |November 12, 2018
new york state capitol building

New York State Should Catch up to California’s Decarbonization Program

Bold leadership and dramatic action is required to counter the backward-facing energy and environmental policy we see in Washington.

by |November 12, 2018

Hope for a Decarbonized Future

A recent lecture offered an optimistic forecast for wind and solar energy, showing a glimpse into a future that doesn’t depend on fossil fuels.

by |October 30, 2018