Issue Brief Governments spend more money on subsidies for fossil fuels than on efforts to fight climate change. But a new financial instrument—subsidy phase-out and reform catalyst, or SPARC, bonds—gives governments a way to tackle the tough politics of subsidy reform by leveraging billions from private investors.
Report Nations can grow their economies and protect the climate through international cooperation on fuel-economy standards.
Issue Brief Four strategies the Obama administration can employ to attract new investments in clean energy and maintain American leadership in this growing sector.
Issue Brief The United States and India should aggressively pursue opportunities to curb energy waste in the building sector in order to reduce their greenhouse gas pollution, enhance their energy security, and grow their economies.
Peter Ogden is a Senior Fellow and the Director of International Energy and Climate Policy at American Progress. From 2012–2013, he served on the White House National Security Staff as director for climate change and environmental policy. Prior to that, he served on the White House Domestic Policy Council as senior director for energy and […]
The G8 cannot afford to turn a blind eye to the extreme security risks that climate change will pose to the international community, write John Podesta and Peter Ogden.
Robust U.S.-Sino cooperation must be an integral part of any successful energy and climate strategy in the 21st century, write Peter Ogden and Matt Rogier.
In the run-up to the United Nations climate change conference in Bali, businesspeople implored political leaders to take bold steps to combat global warming. They insisted that their ability to undertake effective long-term planning was undermined by uncertainty about the future cost of carbon emissions. Yet their calls for action were ignored. Perhaps the outcome […]
Report The United States must confront the reality of its energy circumstances. Consumers and industry are facing the prospect of a continued rise in the real price of oil and natural gas as conventional reserves are depleted. The increased reliance of the United States and its partners on imported oil—a large proportion of which comes from […]
In terms of the effects of climate change, the future is becoming increasingly clear. The expected greenhouse gas emissions scenario developed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) portends a world in which people and nations will be threatened by massive food and water shortages, devastating natural disasters, and deadly disease outbreaks. No foreseeable […]
Report John Podesta and Peter Ogden contribute a chapter on the security challenges of climate change to the new report, "The Age of Consequences."
Report China’s remarkable economic growth over the past two decades has enabled it to achieve social progress, has strengthened its geopolitical position, and has served as the lynchpin of the leadership’s domestic political strategy. For the foreseeable future, China’s leaders will continue to make economic growth a top priority. As expected, this economic expansion has been […]
Combating climate change and promoting energy security go hand in hand, says Peter Odgen, which is why “Energy Security in the 21st Century” is a must-read.
Mr. Secretary: Although most of your attention is focused on immediate circumstances in Iraq, there is another, long-term challenge you must now face: How to increase the size of the U.S. Army and Marine Corps most effectively. Read more here.