January 19, 2021

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will come to office in January with the most ambitious climate plan of any U.S. President in history. But domestic and international observers alike are waiting to see how big an impact the Biden administration...

Columbia Energy Exchange Podcast

The attack on the U.S. Capitol may have obscured for the moment the traditional transfer of power that will take place with the inauguration of Joe Biden as president. But even amid the ongoing turmoil in Washington, efforts to set agendas in the...

Columbia Energy Exchange Podcast

In this first edition of Columbia Energy Exchange in 2021, host Bill Loveless is joined by Rachel Kyte, the dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University.

China and US of America flags on metal gears.

In a new commentary, Aimee Barnes, Dr. Fan Dai, & Angela Luh take a close look at the Biden-Harris presidential platform with respect to climate action and China.

Dr. Fan Dai

Dr. Fan
Director of California-China Climate Institute


Dr. Fan Dai is the director of California-China Climate Institute, and adjunct faculty at Energy and Resource Group, University of California, Berkeley. She previously served as special advisor on China to Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., where she chaired the state’s China Interagency Working Group and acted as the state’s liaison on its critical climate and environment initiatives with China. Dr. Dai received her BS in law from Beijing Forestry University, her master of law from Berkeley Law, University of California, and her doctoral degree on environmental policy and economics from State University of New York at Syracuse.

Photo of powerlines

Together with the NYU School of Law’s Institute for Policy Integrity, this report explains steps the federal government could take to facilitate the development of a future grid that is capable of supporting a reliable, affordable, and increasingly zero-carbon power sector.

Columbia Energy Exchange Podcast

Host Jason Bordoff is joined by Christy Goldfuss, co-chair of the Climate 21 Project, Senior Vice President for Energy and Environment Policy at the Center for American Progress, and former managing director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) during the Obama administration. 


In his latest column in Foreign Policy, Jason Bordoff examines what Biden's making climate change a top national security priority will mean for global energy markets and how the use of foreign policy tools—in areas as diverse as international trade, development assistance, multilateral finance, nonproliferation, and diplomacy—can give a boost to clean energy and U.S. firms and technologies.


Climate change is a public health issue. The 2020 Report of the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change published in The Lancet medical journal brings together experts from across the globe to track how climate change is affecting our health, including Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy Dr. Melissa C. Lott who examines the impacts of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the energy sector.

Global Energy Dialogue

On September 17, 2020, Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) held a virtual workshop about environmental performance in the oil and gas industry. This is a summary of that workshop.