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Energy can be a constructive part of solving climate change. While many aim to group oil and gas and the energy sector as a whole as culprits of climate change, the truth is many within the industry are working just as hard, or even harder, to solve the challenges of establishing a low-carbon future. The industry isn’t alone.

The Environmental Defense Fund’s (EDF) energy program works to find ways “to generate energy more cleanly, with less carbon, so that energy can be a constructive part of transitioning us to that zero-carbon future that we really want,” according to Mark Brownstein, senior vice president, energy, at EDF. Unlike many advocacy groups, EDF has a long history of pointing to science, economics and law to address the most pressing environmental challenges of our time.

EDF has worked with industry and other partners, such as Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, to monitor methane, establish carbon capture technology, establish low-carbon trends and expectations among industry and consumers, and to lobby and establish congressional proposals. It is among the oldest environmental advocacy groups in the world

Brownstein recently joined Cornerstone Government Affairs’ Jack Belcher for this edition of Energy Policy Watch to discuss those topics and more.


  • About the EDF (1:14)
  • Methane emissions/field studies (2:18)
  • Teaming with Jeff Bezos and World Resources Institute (4:10)
  • Utilizing satellite methane data (5:41)
  • Cooperative efforts with oil and gas producers (7:59)
  • Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (10:02)
  • Low-carbon efforts of national oil companies (11:51)
  • CCUS and decarbonization efforts (13:11)
  • Congressional proposals and incentives (15:43)
  • Lower carbon alternatives (20:31)
  • Emerging sensibilities on emissions (21:45)
  • ESG Performance (25:01)

Energy Policy Watch is a partnership between Hart Energy and Cornerstone to bring regular video updates on legislative and regulatory actions affecting the energy industry. Guests range from key representatives or congressional staff to relevant cabinet-level officials and executive branch personnel. View More Energy Policy Watch Episodes Here.