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Obama Proposes Drilling Along Atlantic Coast
Paul Bledsoe, January 28, 2015
Paul Bledsoe, a former Interior Department official under the Clinton Administration and a senior fellow of Energy and Society at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, examines the Obama Admi
Testimony for the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats
Neil Brown, January 22, 2015
In broad terms, Central Asian energy is the playing field for two major forces. China, in its global quest for the raw materials necessary to fuel economic growth, uses its financial clout to access C
Congress' Energy Role in The Ukraine Crisis
Neil Brown, January 22, 2015
Congressional leadership is critical to rebalance the energy terms of engagement in Europe. Energy is at the heart of the ongoing crisis. President Putin relies on oil and gas revenues to pay for his

About The Energy & Society Program

GMF’s Energy & Society Program advances transatlantic leadership on scalable policy and business solutions to reduce the risks of climate change and achieve a low-carbon, secure, and affordable energy future, while conserving natural resources.

The Program works to support transatlantic cooperation on U.S. and EU domestic climate and energy policies and international climate and energy cooperation more broadly. GMF believes that transatlantic cooperation on these issues is both mutually beneficial and essential for global leadership to avoid dangerous climate change. GMF seeks to inform the debate with objective data and the best examples of successful policies that could be shared across the Atlantic or more widely. Finally, GMF believes that international progress on climate and energy policy depends on the broadening of the debate away from a narrow focus on environmental policy to something that informs all social, economic, and foreign policy.

Through transatlantic dialogues, policy briefs and longer publications, and study tours, the Energy & Society Program engages policymakers, business leaders, academics, and members of the NGO community from both sides of the Atlantic.

Natural Gas in the Palestinian Authority
Simon Henderson, March 28, 2014
This policy brief makes the case for the exploitation of the Gaza Marine natural gas field.
Can New Energy Supplies Bring Peace?
Brenda Shaffer, March 11, 2014
This policy brief argues that recent gas discoveries in the Eastern Mediterranean are not large enough to truly be game-changing. 
Transatlantic Energy Priorities and Avenues for Cooperation
December 15, 2014
Washington, DC
On December 11, 2014, the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) hosted a workshop in Washington, DC, as part of the Central and Eastern European Energy Security Forum (CEE ESF) project titled “Transatlantic Energy Priorities and Avenues for Cooperation.”
Regional Strategies for Energy Security: Europe’s Energy Security in light of the Ukrainian Crisis
December 08, 2014
The event focused on challenges to energy security for Ukraine and for the European Union in the context of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, and featured speakers and participants from Ukraine, Russia, EU Member States from the region, the United States, and the European institutions, including business, think tank and government representatives.
In 8 Minutes or Less: How Smart Wire Grid Uses Technology to Address Energy Security Issues
November 02, 2014
Tessa Paganini, program officer of the Energy and Society Policy Program at GMF, sat down with Jim Davis, CEO of Smart Wire Grid, to discuss the role of new technologies in addressing transatlantic energy security issues.
China's Efforts to Reduce Air Pollution
Paul Bledsoe March 08, 2014
Biz Asia America's Philip Yin is joined by Paul Bledsoe, President of Bledsoe & Associates to discuss how successful are China's efforts to shut down factories to reduce air pollution.

Energy & Society Program Initiatives

Energy Transition Forum

The Energy Transition Forum was created in 2012 to provide a regular venue for open, structured, and fact-based dialogue among senior leaders from the private and public sectors in the United States and Europe about the market conditions and policy frameworks needed for a timely transition to a secure, affordable, and low-carbon energy future. Its intention is to bring together a coalition of leaders to produce new thinking on how to address the key challenges facing the energy system.

Central and Eastern European Energy Security Forum

GMF’s Central Eastern Europe Energy Security Forum brings together the most experienced and relevant analysts, government officials, and opinion makers from the wider region (including the EU Institutions and the United States, as well as other interested stakeholders) in a regular, data-informed discussion on issues of energy policy that are relevant for the region and the broader transatlantic policy community. The Forum reflects the increasing interest of U.S. as well as European companies in exploring new unconventional sources of energy in that region, the U.S. strategic interest in promoting European energy security, the ongoing debate about reforms in the EU energy market, and the long-term goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in both Europe and the United States.


Eastern Mediterranean Energy Project

GMF’s Eastern Mediterranean Energy Project addresses the political and economic implications, risks and opportunities of the recent energy discoveries in the Eastern Mediterranean region. Major discoveries of natural gas off the shores of Israel and Cyprus — and potentially elsewhere — could bring to the region the benefits of energy security, economic gains, and a cleaner environment. But the region’s energy choices are fraught with political risks and policy dilemmas.

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