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May 11, 2020 at 11:09 AM

Coronavirus Pandemic Highlights Need to Address Mineral Security

by: Senator Lisa Murkowski (R – AK)
United States Senator, State of Alaska
Chairman, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee



Preface from OurEnergyPolicy

In the time since our November 2019 critical minerals discussion, COVID-19 has decimated global supply chains. Factory shutdowns in China, which accounts for 40–50% of the global wind power supply chain, have caused supply shortages of wind turbine components and massive financial losses, threatening current U.S. projects. China’s outsized market share is also affecting the solar market, although some analysts say a U.S. tariff on imported solar panels may have blunted the impact.

“If coronavirus has shown us anything, it’s that we are far too reliant on China and other countries for

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April 6, 2020 at 11:47 AM

Curbing Emissions with Electric Vehicles

by: Joel Levin
Executive Director
Plug In America

Transportation accounts for more greenhouse gas emissions in the United States than any other sector and, within that, light-duty vehicles account for 59% of all transportation emissions. In order to reduce the effects of climate change, we must encourage more Americans to switch to plug-in vehicles. On average, the climate pollution created from driving an electric vehicle (EV) is equivalent to driving a gasoline vehicle that gets 88 miles per gallon. That figure continues to improve as our electric utilities increasingly switch to renewable energy. Electric vehicles also offer other benefits, including utilizing domestic energy, lower fuel and

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March 19, 2020 at 11:42 AM

A Pandemic, a Price War, and the Future of America’s Oil Industry


Travel and business slowdowns across the world, in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, have caused a sharp decrease in global oil demand and the lowest oil prices in 17 years. 

On March 5, members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries attempted to reach a deal that would extend the current 1.5 million barrels per day (MB/D) production cut in an effort to shore up prices. The talks failed, however, when Russian and Saudi energy ministers were unable to reach an agreement. Russian officials subsequently announced significant increases in their production levels, with Saudi ministers following

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March 5, 2020 at 10:12 AM

A Grand Challenge to Commercialize Energy Storage

by: Faith Martinez Smith
Environmental Permitting Specialist
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality; formerly Policy Analyst at ClearPath

Note: At the time of this discussion, Faith Martinez Smith was a Policy Analyst at ClearPath, managing the organization’s energy storage, geothermal, and hydropower portfolios.


Grid-scale energy storage is critical for decarbonizing our economy and merits high-profile attention from our policymakers. Storage is technology agnostic—it can be used with any generation technology, provides ancillary services, and can reduce demand charges. As climate change policy continues to take center stage, the commercialization of U.S. energy storage technologies can play a pivotal role in enabling higher integration of variable renewable resources (wind and solar power) and addressing grid reliability. Thus far, …

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February 3, 2020 at 11:29 AM

Time for a Price on Carbon

by: Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL-22)
U.S. House of Representatives

You don’t have to search hard to find an American community already experiencing, firsthand, the devastating impact of climate change. The question is no longer if, but how to respond. For too long, damaging carbon emissions have been left off the balance sheets of the world’s largest polluters. Instead, we are all paying the price. That’s why we need a market-driven solution that will get us to zero emissions.

I introduced a bipartisan plan—the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (H.R. 763)—to put a price on carbon and send a signal across the economy that it is time to switch

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