Columbia opens energy policy center with A-list speakers

Columbia University wants a bigger presence in the energy game.

The New York school launched its Center on Global Energy Policy on Wednesday with a collection of high-profile speakers from the industry, including corporate executives and oil and gas experts.

The center’s mission is to help policymakers navigate the energy sector through its independent analysis and perspective. New technology, the ability to reach oil and gas resources, and climate change are among the talking points. Jason Bordoff, a Columbia professor of professional practice in international and public affairs, has been tapped to be director of the new center. He previously worked as a special assistant to the president and senior director for energy and climate change at the National Security Council.

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Among the speakers at Wednesday’s launch event: Columbia President Lee Bollinger, author and energy expert Daniel Yergin, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and ConocoPhillips Chairman and CEO Ryan Lance. An Energy Department official also was on the list of speakers.

A roundtable discussion on new directions for energy policy at home and abroad was on the agenda.