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PREVENTING A NUCLEAR MELTDOWN IN THE MIDDLE EAST

U.S. geopolitical and nuclear nonproliferation objectives are on a potential collision course as Saudi Arabia seeks to join the Middle East’s growing nuclear power club by soliciting bids for the construction of two reactors. An agreement between the two countries to allow U.S.-supplied nuclear technology to flow to the kingdom must limit nuclear weapons potential and serve geostrategic objectives.…
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THE UNITED STATES REQUIRES AN ENERGY TECHNOLOGY STRATEGY

The Trump Administration’s energy and climate policies are evolving, although few specifics have been proposed to date. Let’s focus on what we do know: The Administration has stated its intent to stimulate increased production and consumption of fossil fuels through policies typically supported by Republicans. In general, these fuels contribute to public health, air quality…
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KEEPING AN EYE ON THE ENERGY AND CLIMATE BALL

A debate is underway in the Trump Administration regarding the future of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. According to news reports, one side advocates an immediate US withdrawal from the agreement. On the other side are those concerned that withdrawal would have adverse effects on US relationships around the world. History suggests that this…
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A FEW THOUGHTS ON A PATH FORWARD FOR U.S. ENERGY AND CLIMATE POLICY

There is great concern about the direction the Trump Administration and Republican Congress will take on climate policy. Its first consequential decision on the international front could be what to do about the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The Administration’s pronouncements about Paris have been ambiguous, but many fear it will scuttle the treaty. We…
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