Analysis Group Senior Advisor Susan Tierney Discusses Fracking and RGGI at the Energy Policy Institute at The University of Chicago
June 1, 2018
In 2017, Analysis Group Senior Advisor Susan F. Tierney was named one of two inaugural policy fellows at the Energy Policy Institute at The University of Chicago (EPIC), an organization dedicated to translating cutting-edge energy research into practical solutions. Dr. Tierney was recently featured in two events on important issues in today's energy market.
On April 26, Dr. Tierney joined a panel that debated the benefits and costs of hydraulic fracturing. “The Fracking Debate: The Pros, Cons, and Lessons Learned from the U.S. Energy Boom” brought together EPIC director Michael Greenstone and inaugural fellow Jeff Holmstead, Axios reporter Amy Harder, and Dr. Tierney for a wide-ranging discussion of the science, public policy, and political attitudes surrounding this controversial energy source. The participants emphasized the complexity engendered by the economic savings that the technology has generated on the one hand, and the uncertainty about its local health and environmental effects on residents on the other.
On May 7, Dr. Tierney was interviewed by Jeff McMahon for Off the Charts, EPIC's podcast. They discussed the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the nation's first market-based program to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide from existing and new power plants in nine Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. The podcast covered Analysis Group's studies of RGGI's economic effects; comparisons with other carbon markets, both in the US and worldwide; and what China could learn from these programs as it prepares to launch its own emissions trading project later this year.