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California’s Clear, But Strenuous Path To Doubling Its Energy Savings By 2030

by Dian Grueneichvia Eureka
Friday, March 20, 2015

In January, Governor Jerry Brown announced a goal for Californians to double the planned level of savings from energy efficiency improvements in existing buildings by 2030 and develop cleaner heating fuels. Hitting these very high targets in just 15 years “will take great thought and imagination,” the Governor said, and “require enormous innovation, research and investment.”

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The Nuclear Dilemma

by James Goodbyvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The world's nuclear stockpiles are shrinking. But that doesn't mean the world is a safer place. 

Analysis and Commentary

A Reagan Approach To Climate Change

by George P. Shultzvia Washington Post
Friday, March 13, 2015

The trend of disappearing summer sea ice in the Arctic is clear even though there is always some variability from year to year.

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The War That Must Never Be Fought

by George P. Shultzvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, March 12, 2015

Nuclear weapons are the gravest threat to humanity’s survival.

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The Eureka Podcast – “Jerry Brown, Environmental Visionary?”

interview with Carson Bruno, Jeremy Carl, Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Monday, March 9, 2015

California’s governor sets ambitious new goals for the state’s energy future.

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Stanford Professors Urge Withdrawal From Fossil Fuel Investments

quoting George P. Shultzvia The Guardian
Sunday, January 11, 2015

Faculty members call on university to recognise urgency of climate change and divest from all oil, coal and gas companies.

Analysis and Commentary

Why New York Is Wrong About Fracking

by Jeremy Carlvia CNN
Saturday, December 20, 2014

(CNN) -- "I consider the people of New York my patients," acting New York Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said this week as he cited health-related reasons for recommending New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ban hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," to develop natural gas resources in the state.

A More Balanced Approach to Climate Change Policy

by Thomas F. Stephensonvia Analysis
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Our country urgently needs a more balanced approach to the global warming and climate change issue. On its own, it is a major policy problem, and it has also come to dominate discussions over our country’s broader energy strategy.
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Reagan Man Gone Solar Is Hint Of A Thaw in U.S. Climate Debate

with George P. Shultz, Admiral Gary Rougheadvia Bloomberg
Monday, December 1, 2014

As Ronald Reagan’s secretary of state, George Shultz faced off against Muammar Qaddafi, the Soviet Union and Chinese communists.

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Stanford Roundtable Talks Climate Change

quoting George P. Shultzvia Stanford Daily
Monday, October 27, 2014

Raising the cost of water, taxing companies for the use of carbon and making global warming a more personal issue were some ideas to combat society’s indifference towards climate issues discussed in this year’s Roundtable.


Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow
Senior Fellow
Research Fellow
Leonard and Shirley Ely Senior Fellow
Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow
Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow
Paul H. Bauer Senior Fellow
Visiting Fellow
Senior Fellow
Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow
Robert and Marion Oster Distinguished Military Fellow
W. Glenn Campbell Research Fellow
Research Fellow / National Security Affairs Fellow 2010-2011
George P. Shultz Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy and National Security Affairs, Emeritus
Senior Fellow
George P. Shultz Senior Fellow in Economics

The Hoover Institution's Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy addresses energy policy in the United States and its effects on our domestic and international political priorities, particularly our national security.


As a result of volatile and rising energy prices and increasing global concern about climate change, two related and compelling issues—threats to national security and adverse effects of energy usage on global climate—have emerged as key adjuncts to America’s energy policy; the task force will explore these subjects in detail. The task force’s goals are to gather comprehensive information on current scientific and technological developments, survey the contingent policy actions, and offer a range of prescriptive policies to address our varied energy challenges. The task force will focus on public policy at all levels, from individual to global. It will then recommend policy initiatives, large and small, that can be undertaken to the advantage of both private enterprises and governments acting individually and in concert.