Cynthia Quarterman

  • Time is Running Out: The Case for US Investment in its Energy Infrastructure

    As Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful ever recorded, leaves Florida battered in its wake, US energy infrastructure continues to bear the strain of long-term planning neglect. The damage wrought by the storms and the impact on the energy sector demonstrates that the time is right to prioritize infrastructure, particularly pipeline infrastructure planning.

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  • Drones in the Energy Sector: Soaring into the Future?

    On December 2, 2016, an expert panel joined the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center for a conversation about the practices, risks, and benefits of drone use in the energy industry. The panel deliberated whether regulations currently under development impede or facilitate the emerging role for drones. They also discussed the huge potential for drone technology in the energy industry to generate $82 billion and 100,000 new jobs for the US economy. This technology, while still in its infancy, is already being used to monitor pipelines, electricity lines, solar panels, and wind turbines, as well as to respond to energy-related incidents. The panelists made clear that international and domestic regulators are beginning to set rules on drone use and harmonize standards across national borders. The federal government, electric utility industry, oil and gas industry, and aviation companies are all playing a role in this process.

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  • Can Fracking Survive?

    Extraction process seen causing oil prices to slide

    On May 11, the same day panelists converged at the Atlantic Council to debate the future of hydraulic fracking technology, news broke of a pessimistic report by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) predicting that oil prices would remain well below $100 per barrel for the next ten years—and that in the best-case scenario, a barrel of crude would cost only $76 in 2025.

    Such a scenario has led to much hand-wringing in the US fracking business, the explosive growth of which over the last five years has produced today’s glut on the world oil market. Many say the industry has become a victim of its own success.

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  • Quarterman on the Recent Oil Train Derailments

    The Wall Street Journal quotes Global Energy Center Distinguished Senior Fellow Cynthia Quarterman on the recent oil train derailments in the United States and Canada despite newer and sturdier railroad tanker cars:

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  • Quarterman on the Recent Derailments of Crude Oil Trains

    USA Today quotes Global Energy Center Distinguished Senior Fellow Cynthia Quarterman on the recent derailments of crude oil trains and what can be done to increase safety measures:

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  • Quarterman's Crude Oil Trains Plan Under White House Review

    Reuters highlights Transportation Department plan to reinforce crude oil trains promoted by Global Energy Center Distinguished Senior Fellow Cynthia Quarterman:

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  • Bright Northern Lights, Big Energy Decisions

    US President Barack Obama in January made two widely criticized energy decisions relating to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas leasing.  Significant hay has been raised about their deleterious effects, especially on Alaska.  The president’s actions, however, have silver linings, and perhaps no clouds, but those have been lost so far in the splendiferous aurora borealis. 

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  • Quarterman on Energy Policy and Trends

    Global Energy Center Distinguished Senior Fellow Cynthia Quarterman joins Platts Energy Week to discuss government policy for the changing US energy picture: 

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  • Richard Morningstar Named Founding Director of the Atlantic Council’s New Global Energy Center

    The Atlantic Council today named Richard Morningstar―diplomat, businessman, lawyer, and scholar―as the founding director of its new Global Energy Center. Morningstar is the latest addition to an expert team the Council is assembling to build its groundbreaking energy initiative, including former Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs David Goldwyn as the chair of the center’s advisory board, and Cynthia Quartermann, who joins the Council as a distinguished senior fellow following her tenure as the administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. The Council also recently welcomed Daniel Poneman, the former deputy secretary of energy, and Carlos Pascual, a two-time US ambassador, to its board of directors, rounding out a world-class team of energy experts.

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