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The Marshall Institute’s Energy Policy program focuses on examining the political, economic and social ramifications of energy policy in the United States and the world. The Institute supports research into all aspects of current and future energy use; society benefits when all technological options are fully evaluated and decisions can be made on an informed basis.

Latest Energy Policy Articles

Commentary: Fossil Fuels are the Solution, Not the Problem

The George C. Marshall Institute has recently released a study on fossil fuels and the economic well-being, http://marshall.org/energy-policy/fossilfuel-energy-and-economic-wellbeing.   It describes why energy is an essential input to economic activity. Because fossil fuels are such a large part of the world’s energy supply, they play a dominant role in enabling people everywhere to enjoy a […]

Fossil Fuel Energy and Economic Wellbeing

The George C. Marshall Institute is pleased to announce the publication of a new study by Dr. Michael Canes, Fossil Fuel Energy and Economic Wellbeing. Executive Summary. Today, fossil fuels supply better than 86 percent of the marketed energy used worldwide. The proportions of oil, gas and coal vary by region but basically these three […]

U.S. Energy Exports Are Fundamental Global Energy Security

Very rarely does Congress put the level of effort and attention into one topic as they have in debating domestic energy exports. But rightfully so. The shale oil and natural gas revolution has dramatically changed the U.S. energy portfolio in ways most could not have predicted and our current policies tuned to the notion of […]

The Reemergence of the Club of Rome

In the early 1970s a group called the Club of Rome published Limits to Growth, which based on a complex computer model predicted the exhaustion of natural resources and mass starvation resulting from population growing faster than food production. All of these catastrophic events were to take place before the century.  Of course, none did. […]

What We Are Reading

Has renewable energy hit hard times?

Just last summer, renewable energy was considered a booming industry. Stock prices were on an upswing, investors like Hewlett-Packard, Berkshire Hathaway, and Dow Chemical were coming to the table, and President Barack Obama announced a plan to triple renewable energy capacity in federally subsidized housing and make wind and solar energy more accessible to low- and middle-income households. But optimism is fading alongside sinking oil and gas prices.

Russia’s Move in Syria Threatens Energy Deals With Turkey

Extracurricular activities in Turkish airspace have brought the once promising relationship to a standstill. Not that Russia was ever a slouch, but there’s no denying the recent uptick in activity. As we approach the juicy middle of President Vladimir Putin’s third term, Russia is extending, and fighting for, its interests in nearly every corner of the globe. Somewhat lost amid the bombing in Syria – though hardly unaffected – is Russia’s Turkish gambit.

UA To Lead New Cybersecurity Center to Protect Nation’s Energy Grid

Thanks to a multimillion dollar award from the U.S. Department of Energy, the University of Arkansas will lead a new national center that will focus on upgrading and protecting the nation’s energy grid from cyber-attacks. University officials said the new educational venture is made possible by a $12.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, augmented by $3.3 million in matching funds from research partners.

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