Syria Diplomacy and Oil: Geopolitics May Change Oil Outlook Dramatically Again

August 19, 2015 by Amy Myers Jaffe

As the U.S. Congress gears up to debate the merits of the nuclear deal signed between Iran and the P5+1 powers last July, the Obama Administration is working overtime to get Mideast diplomacy off the ground to prove that the politically controversial deal is paying the way for a better Middle East.[read more]


Growing Middle East Threats to U.S. Energy Security

October 2, 2014 by John Miller

Middle East Conflict and Energy Security

The recent undeclared war on ISIS is in response to increasing terrorist threats against the U.S. Besides increased air strikes and developing a new Coalition against Middle East terrorists, should the Obama Administration also address the increasing risks to U.S. energy security?[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'We are Still Assessing the Outcome of the Attack on the Refineries'

October 1, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Conflict, Funding Sources, and Oil

The US military partnered with Saudi Arabia and the UAE on air strikes that bombed 12 “teapot” refineries in eastern Syria reportedly used as part of ISIS’ underground oil operations. These small modular refineries are major sources of funding for the extremists.[read more]

Expect Dire Consequences if Syrian Contagion Spreads to Oil

June 23, 2014 by Amy Myers Jaffe

Among the dismal reports coming out of Iraq, a seemingly minor but highly significant item was news that ISIS and the Iraqi government were battling over the Baiji oil refinery near Tikrit. The Baiji oil refinery, news reports noted, could be a key installation in providing fuel.[read more]

What Is The Most Dangerous Impact Of Climate Change?

January 26, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Climate Change Impacts

What is the most dangerous climate change impact? That is a question Tom Friedman begins to get at in his NY Times column, “WikiLeaks, Drought and Syria.” The piece is about a “WikiLeaks cable that brilliantly foreshadowed how environmental stresses would fuel the uprising” in Syria.[read more]

How Falling Oil Imports Doubled the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve

September 23, 2013 by Geoffrey Styles

The deal between the US and Russia defused the threat of an attack on Syria, along with the risks to Mideast oil exports. But, as the Wall St. Journal observed, US oil production and weaker US energy demand have boosted the effectiveness of US oil inventories.[read more]

Conflict Could Be Good for Energy Investors: Interview with Casey's Marin Katusa

September 16, 2013 by Jim Patrick

Marin Katusa is the chief investment strategist for the energy division of Casey Research. A regular part of his due diligence process for Casey Research includes property tours, visiting hundreds of mining and energy producing and exploration projects all around the world.[read more]

Oil and Gas Limits Underly Syria's Conflict

September 12, 2013 by Gail Tverberg

Energy Consumption

If oil depletion is becoming an increasing problem, I am afraid we can expect increasing conflict in the Middle East, regardless of whether the US chooses to intervene in Syria, because of increased oil depletion. A shortfall in one country can ripple to the next country, on and on.[read more]

The Smart Grid Builds Energy and Climate Security

September 11, 2013 by Christine Hertzog

As American citizens debate intervention in Syria, it’s important to remember one of the main reasons why we’re involved in this turbulent region. One word – energy. We’re there to protect shipping lanes that transport oil from producing countries to consuming countries.[read more]

Arab Summer: Warming-Fueled Drought Helped Spark Syrian Civil War

September 10, 2013 by Joseph Romm

Warming and Syrian Unrest

Warming-worsened drought is causing problems all around the Mediterranean, especially Syria, and it is now increasingly clear that the climate models that had been predicting the countries surrounding the Mediterranean would start to dry out were correct.[read more]

Is There A Better Way to Use Strategic Petroleum Reserve Oil Now?

March 9, 2012 by Geoffrey Styles

With US gas prices rising rapidly to record levels for this time of year, it was inevitable that some politicians would start calling for a portion of the oil in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to be released in hopes of moderating high oil prices, which are mainly responsible for the current gas price spike. A narrow majority of...[read more]

Syrian Oil: To Sanction or Not To Sanction?

August 10, 2011 by James Coan

In response to the ongoing violence plaguing Syrian cities, the Obama administration is toying with a new plan to sanction Syria’s oil and gas industry. The plan rests on two assumptions: first, that sanctioning Syria’s energy industry sector will wreak havoc upon state finances, and second, that the ensuing havoc will debilitate every last shred of legitimacy that the Assad regime still holds. In the increasingly complex network of Middle Eastern interdependence, however, forces at play seem to render these two assumptions implausible.[read more]