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Ongoing Discussion
As 2021 begins, the energy sector is readying itself for possibilities, challenges, and uncertainties. Read comments left by OEP experts responding to the questions below about what might be ahead. If you are an energy professional, set up an account and reply to the questions and comments with your own thoughts!
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Question 1: What energy sector actions should the new administration prioritize? Reply

Question 2: What are opportunities for bipartisan energy legislation in the new Congress? Reply

Question 3: How do you think that changes in the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021 will affect the energy sector and energy demand compared to 2020? Reply
What energy sector actions should the new administration prioritize?
"Covid-19 will significantly increase energy use in large cities while creating large incentives to move to the outer suburbs. That will begin to be seen late 2021 but really become evident over the next decade. Energy use patterns will undergo major change. Covid-19 demonstrated that it is impossible today to contain an air-borne virus if that virus is infectious long before people get sick....There are only two ways to stop such pandemics—eliminate fast long distance travel or stop air-borne pandemics with engineering solutions."
- Charles Forsberg, Executive Director, MIT Nuclear Fuel Cycle Project, MIT Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering
"Better measures for climate in ag[riculture] and related sectors may be the easiest path to bipartisan legislation, breaking new ground for other nations to imitate. Back when I worked for Senator Specter, I also heard Senator Lugar’s views, and saw great briefings from USDA people (under the care of the Ag committee) on what USDA could do to create a system of solid measurement to enable rational incentive payments...."
- Paul Werbos, Program Director for Energy, Power and Adaptive Systems, National Science Foundation (retired)
Publications in the OurEnergyLibrary
Rocky Mountain Institute
November 11, 2020
Information Technology & Innovation Foundation
December 21, 2020
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Facts & Figures
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), EIA Today, December 30, 2020, data from Weekly Petroleum Status Report.
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