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David G. Victor

Has the time come for climate engineering?

News / March 19, 2009
David Victor and several co-authors write in the current issue of Foreign Affairs about the controversial topic of climate engineering, a strategy for addressing the earth's warming climate.
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The big winner is coal

Commentary / January 5, 2009
Coal is looking like the energy winner in the current economic crisis, David Victor and Varun Rai say in Newsweek. Declining coal prices coupled with a crippled world economy means more countries are pushing ahead for energy extracted from coal. The implementation and further development of clean coal technology is also at a standstill due to a lack of investment capital and falling CO2 prices.
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Natural gas could become a significant percent of the fuel mix in China

News / November 25, 2008
China's need to lower its carbon and sulfur dioxide emissions could steer its energy demand towards natural gas. However, this shift would be contingent on financial reforms in particular. This study delves deeper into the geo-political factors behind the potential for this energy source in three major urbanizing regions in China.
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Newsweek: Victor looks at problems with Mexico's national oil company, effect on oil markets

Commentary / April 18, 2008
What to do about Mexico's oil company, Pemex, may seem like a parochial issue of interest only to Mexicans and a few oil industry executives. But the matter should be of concern to anybody who is wondering when oil will come down off its near-record highs.
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The Energy Trap: Why the United States is doomed to be an energy outlaw

Commentary / March 3, 2008
Democrats voting in Ohio and Texas may well decide the shape of the U.S. presidential election. Regardless of who they choose to run against Sen. John McCain, the all but certain Republican candidate, it is likely that energy issues will figure more prominently in the election than at any time in the last generation.
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Asia's Achilles Heel

Commentary / February 28, 2008
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Book chapter on post-Kyoto architecture for carbon markets

News / September 20, 2007
The timely contribution by David Victor titled "Fragmented carbon markets and reluctant nations: implications for the design of effective architectures" appears in the book Architectures for Agreement: Addressing Global Climate Change in the Post-Kyoto World.
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BP Foundation awards $7.5 million to Stanford for research on energy markets

News / June 21, 2007
The BP Foundation has awarded a five-year, $7.5 million grant to Stanford University's Program on Energy and Sustainable Development to support research on modern energy markets. The foundation is funded by BP, one of the world's largest energy companies.
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Victor, Cullenward discuss climate change in Boston Review

News / February 13, 2007
In Boston Review's January/February 2007 issue, PESD Director David Victor and PESD researcher Danny Cullenward discuss why pursuing technologies that burn coal more cleanly is the "only practical approach" to stopping global warming. Their proposal is part of a larger forum on climate change led by MIT meteorology professor Kerry Emanuel.
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Journal of Climatic Change editorial weighs in on dam debate

Commentary / April 26, 2006
There is growing evidence that some hydro dams in tropical regions emit large quantities of greenhouse gases, but the results have been intensely controversial. PESD researchers Danny Cullenward and David Victor comment on the controversy and outline a plan, modeled on the IPCC, for getting to the bottom of the matter.
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PESD director David G. Victor advises how to manage our oil addiction

Commentary / April 17, 2006
The Brazilian government is declaring victory in its decades-long struggle to become self-sufficient in the supply of oil. The milestone is cause for celebration in a country that has long paid a high price for imported energy.
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Nuclear power for India is good for us all, says PESD director David Victor

Commentary / March 17, 2006
Victor's opinion piece supports, on environmental grounds, the recent deal to expand India's commercial nuclear program. He argues that country's carbon emissions will be lowered by allowing India to opt for nuclear power instead of coal. However, care is still needed to tame the risks of proliferation and also to fix the chronic financial troubles of India's electricity sector.
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PESD working paper published by Global Environmental Politics

News / March 7, 2005
A PESD Working Paper by David Victor and Lesley Coben entitled, "A Herd Mentality in the Design of International Environmental Agreements?", has been published by Global Environmental Politics.
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Council on Foreign Relations publishes new book on America's climate change policy

News / September 7, 2004
PESD Director David Victor has authored a new book that presents, in the form of presidential speeches, three different visions for America's climate change policy.
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In op-ed, Victor and House advocate independent management of U.S. oil reserve

Commentary / August 23, 2004
In an Aug. 22 op-ed published in the Los Angeles Times and an Aug. 25 commentary on Marketplace on NPR, CESP researchers David G. Victor and Joshua C. House argue that an independent panel should be given control of the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve. The power to buy and sell the stockpiled oil currently rests with the Department of Energy, which passes the decision on to the president, effectively politicizing oil supply decisions.
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The brewing trade battle over GM crops will cost America dear, say Victor and Runge

Commentary / May 15, 2003
In an article appearing in The Financial Times, David Victor and C. Ford Runge argue that the pending WTO case over genetically modified foods will do the U.S. more harm than good.
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