Rudolph Atallah, senior fellow in the Atlantic Council’s Michael S. Ansari Africa Center, testified at a House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing on “The Growing Crisis in Africa’s Sahel Region.”
On the heels of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s visit to the United States, Energy & Environment Program Associate Director Mihaela Carstei joins CTV to discuss the Keystone Pipeline project that would transport tar sands oil from Canada and the northern United States to refineries in the Gulf coast of Texas.
The Atlantic Council's Energy and Environment Program released a report entitled: "Impact of Municipal, Industrial, and Commercial Water Needs on the Energy Water Nexus: Challenges, Solutions, and Recommendations," which highlights the issues that were brought to light in the June 2012 workshop Water and Watts: the Potential to Save Energy and Water in the Municipal, Industrial and Commercial Sectors. Contributors to this publication include: Gen. Richard L. Lawson, USAF (Ret.), vice chairman, Atlantic Council; John Lyman, director, Energy and Environment Program; and Blythe Lyons, senior fellow, Energy and Environment Program.
In the public’s eye, water may be an invisible component, but it is nonetheless crucial to provide the heat and electricity used throughout the American economy. Energy is also an invisible but essential component for making water available for municipal, industrial, and commercial users.
Even if not front and center in public discourse, there is an unbroken chain of energy for water and water for energy. Today, however, this circle may be broken if certain realities are not taken into account. The summer of 2012 highlighted some of these realities: Droughts lowered water levels in the Mississippi so that barges carrying transportation fuels went aground; floods damaged power-supply lines; and high temperatures warmed waters so much that some power plants had to reduce electricity production.
This report builds on the Council’s analysis in “Energy for Water and Water for Energy” and “Fueling America and the Energy Water Nexus: How and Why it Impacts the Nexus and What Next.” These reports examined both power production and transportation fuels connection to the nexus. This report expands on that work and examines the municipal, commercial, and industrial drivers behind the looming water crisis, namely, how water is used in each of these sectors and what impacts these operations have on water quantity and quality.
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On May 22, the Atlantic Council's Cyber Statecraft Initiative will hold a discussion on the history of cyber critical infrastructure protection in recognition of the 15th anniversary of Presidential Decision Directive 63 (PDD-63).
On May 23, the Atlantic Council’s Middle East Peace and Security Initiative at the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security is hosting a panel discussion on new developments in security cooperation among the United States, its European allies, and the Gulf states, and how they are likely to evolve in the coming years.
On May 30, the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center will release a new issue brief, The Kaleidoscope Turns Again in a Crisis-Challenged Iran, a discussion of Iran’s upcoming presidential elections.
From June 13-14, the 2013 Wrocław Global Forum will bring together over 350 top policy-makers and business leaders to explore the region’s impact as an actor in Europe, as well as its crucial role in the transatlantic partnership and on the global stage.