energy policy

Gasoline prices are displayed on a sign at a Shell gas station as an image of Donald Trump appears on a billboard nearby April 24, 2006 in San Francisco, California.

The Myth of U.S. Energy Independence Has Gone Up in Smoke

Attacks on Saudi Arabia prove that, when it comes to oil, Washington still isn’t close to being master of its own fate.

Strong winds blow sand at a wind farm in the Coachella Valley on May 6, 2019 in Palm Springs, California.

The Limits of Clean Energy

If the world isn’t careful, renewable energy could become as destructive as fossil fuels.

A cattle farmer and director of the local wind farm talks with a regional historian on Aug. 8, 2013, on Pellworm Island, northern Germany, where a shift toward a zero-carbon future has been driven by locals, not energy companies.

The Public Can Solve Climate Change if We Let It

The most efficient way of spreading renewable energy? Getting local communities involved.

The sun sets at the Summer Palace in Beijing on Oct. 8, 2005.

China Is Winning the Solar Space Race

The United States should be leading on the energy of the future—but it keeps blowing its chances.

A derrick pumps in an oil field in Kuwait on Jan. 15, 2003.

The United States’ Antitrust Laws Can’t Match Saudi Aramco

Congress should pass NOPEC to give America a fighting chance against oil cartels.

Local students hold a sign that reads “Save Lamu Women's Movement” in Swahili at a poetry competition in Lamu Town to raise awareness about the effects of coal on the environment on Nov. 29, 2017.

When Coal Comes to Paradise

As China pushes clean energy policies at home, it is exporting its high-pollution coal industry to pristine places like Kenya’s Lamu Island—with Nairobi’s seal of approval. Local residents fear it will destroy the environment they depend on.

Tanks at the Saudi Aramco oil facility in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, on Nov. 23, 2007.

Oil’s Power Players

The United States may be a growing force in energy markets, but national oil companies still reign supreme.

The U.S. Capitol building in Washington is pictured on Nov. 7, 2018.

U.S. Senate Threatens Sanctions Over Russian Pipeline

Washington and Berlin face off again over Nord Stream 2 as European ships are targeted.

A view of an 800-hectare solar farm in Pirapora, Minas Gerais state, Brazil, on Nov. 9, 2017. (Carl de Souza/AFP/Getty Images)

Brazil Was a Global Leader on Climate Change. Now It’s a Threat.

Jair Bolsonaro’s government could roll back decades of progress on clean energy and reducing deforestation.

An Iranian oil facility on Kharg Island in the Persian Gulf on March 12, 2017. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Energy Security Is the Real Way to Put America First

Looming Iran oil sanctions pose challenges for U.S. energy policy.

Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant on Aug. 21, 2010. (IIPA via Getty Images)

In the Middle East, Soon Everyone Will Want the Bomb

The region is at risk of a nuclear arms race. Washington needs to stop proliferation before it starts.

Donald Trump at a rally May 5, 2016 in Charleston, West Virginia. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Iran Policy Is Blowing Up His Energy Agenda

The U.S. president wanted to be energy independent, but he’s forcing his country to get more deeply involved in the global oil market.

A voter casts her ballot in the referendum to end the guerrilla war between the FARC and the Colombian government in Bogotá on Oct. 2, 2016. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Here’s How the United States Can Help Colombia Thrive

As an era of peace approaches, both countries should take practical steps to strengthen the relationship.

The reflectors at the PS10 solar tower plant sit at Sanlucar la Mayor outside Seville on April 24, 2007 in Seville, Spain. (Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Can’t Stop the Shining

Solar power is the world’s most promising clean energy solution, but governments must abandon outdated policies for it to succeed.

Vladimir Putin signs a natural gas pipeline in the Russian Far East city of Vladivostok on September 8, 2011. (DMITRY ASTAKHOV/AFP/Getty Images)

The Trojan Horse of Russian Gas

Energy resources aren’t just a commodity – they’re a vehicle for Russia’s political ambitions.

Workers building pipes in the production hall at the Nord Stream 2 facility at Mukran on Ruegen Islandon  in Sassnitz, Germany on Oct. 19, 2017. (Carsten Koall/Getty Images)

What’s Good for Russian Gas Is Good for America

Washington's opposition to a gas pipeline connecting Russia and Germany has never made sense.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks during a joint press conference with Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray in Mexico City on Feb. 23, 2017.
(Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images)

Tillerson Praises Monroe Doctrine, Warns Latin America of ‘Imperial’ Chinese Ambitions

The secretary of state kicks off his multicountry tour trying to get the region to rally behind Trump.

A U.S. Marine in a combat training exercise in Afghanistan on August 27, 2017. (Wakil Koshar/AFP/Getty Images)

The Only Force That Can Beat Climate Change Is the U.S. Army

America’s military is the only institution that can break the partisan deadlock on the worst threat the nation faces.

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Out With The Old: New Books on Collusion, Civil War, Doomsday, and Other Happy Tidings

FP staffers learn how democracies die and why Mussolini wrote a bodice ripper.