The US Humanitarian Intervention in Iraq: The Oil and Water Angle

August 16, 2014 by Amy Myers Jaffe

The success of stated limited U.S. humanitarian goals for the latest intervention in Iraq could hinge on more than the fate of minorities trapped on top of the Mount Sinjar. That is because the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has taken control of critical water and oil infrastructure including the Mosul Dam.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'The Flood May Just be a Trickle'

June 25, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Iraq Chaos and Oil Markets

As the situation in Iraq continues to develop, oil market bulls and bears are currently battling over the degree to which the worst sectarian violence since United States troop withdrawal will exert upward price pressure and lead to other market changes and risks.[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]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Very, Very Safe'

June 13, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Iraq and Energy Risks

Analysts and traders have their eyes trained on Iraq, where an Al Qaeda splinter group known as the Islamic State in Iraq in the Levant seized control of Mosul – the country’s second largest city – and have reportedly made advancements toward a strategic oil refining center.[read more]

Syria Today Is A Preview Of Veterans Day, 2030

November 14, 2013 by Joseph Romm

Climate Change and Resources

The worst direct impacts to humans from our unsustainable use of energy over the next few decades will, I think, be dust-bowlification and extreme weather and food insecurity: Hell and High Water. But all of the impacts occurring at once will have an even more devastating synergy.[read more]