COVID-19 Media Briefing: Energy and Environment

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has had a destructive effect on the oil industry, but may give lawmakers and policy experts a chance to do some productive, environmentally friendly long-term energy planning, three Duke experts said.

Meet the experts:

Kate Konschnik is director of the Climate & Energy Program at Duke’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. She specializes in the Clean Air Act and its application to clean energy and climate goals. Konschnik has worked with state governments on climate and energy policy, and she has deep knowledge of upstream oil and gas operations, particularly on impacts to air, water and land resources.

Brian Murray is director of the Duke University Energy Initiative. He specializes in the design of economic policies to address a range of environmental problems, with a focus on climate change policy. This includes the design of cap-and-trade systems; price containment mechanisms; and emissions offsets generated by the agriculture, forest and land-use sectors.

Drew Shindell is a professor of earth science. He researches how climate emissions and air pollution affect human health and food security globally. Shindell has testified before Congress and chairs the science advisory panel to the international Climate and Clean Air Coalition; was lead author on the UN’s 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report.

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