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Tue, Mar 24, 2020

The implications of the coronavirus crisis on the global energy sector and the environment

The current drop in oil demand—caused, in large part, by severe reductions in travel due to the coronavirus—combined with the Saudi-Russia oil price war has simultaneously, if temporarily, lowered greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). However, the drop in GHG emissions is likely to be unsustainable in the long term, and the currently low cost of oil has raised questions about the future of clean energy deployment and climate action.

New Atlanticist by Jennifer T. Gordon

Coronavirus Energy & Environment

Neil is a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center. He is a managing director at KKR and member of the KKR Global Institute and Infrastructure teams, where he works at the intersection of geopolitics and finance and specializes in global energy and infrastructure, span. Neil’s work on energy transition and diversification draws on his more than eight years as senior staff member of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, working under Senator Richard G. Lugar (R-IN). In that capacity, Neil led work on global energy security and governance. Neil authored legislation enacted in 2007 that resulted in creation of the Energy and Natural Resources Bureau at the State Department and advanced efforts to enhance US diplomacy to counter Russian gas manipulation in Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia, among other international and domestic initiatives. Neil is a volunteer board member at The Lugar Center, and Columbia University Energy Journalism. A born Iowa farmer, he attended Harvard College and Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar.