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Russia and the Ukraine: The Energy Angle Part 2

Prior to Russia’s invasion of the Crimea, the United States tried to re-engage Russia as a strategic partner in the Middle East. Moscow has at least one concrete interest that is the same as Washington: radical Islamic jihadism is a national...

Posted April 15, 2014    

New Geopolitics Means Arctic Oil, Mega-Projects' BAU Could be Uphill

Western oil leaders may be worrying that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions in the Crimea will lead to a ban on international investment in the Russian Arctic, but if it does, that would be doing US companies a favor. The prospects that such...

Posted March 27, 2014    

Russia and the Ukraine: The Energy Angle

Even with all the speculation and debate about Vladimir Putin’s nationalistic motives for Russia’s annexation of the Crimea, there still seems to be room for more thoughtful consideration of the oil and gas aspects of the conflict. Putin may be a...

Posted March 20, 2014    

Washington Needs to Embrace the New American Century: More Thoughts on US Exports

I don’t always agree with New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman but his recent column is a must read. In a nutshell, he is arguing that innovation in the United States is driving us to greatness again (shale, the internet of things, 3-D printing...

Posted February 17, 2014    

US Export Bans 101: Markets Defy Artificial Barriers

Environmental advocates weighing in against US oil and gas exports and Keystone XL Pipeline need to be wary. The belief that creating barriers to exports and infrastructure will lock oil and gas under the ground is a misplaced one. Markets will...

Posted February 5, 2014    

Americans Seeking Leadership: The Threats are Real, so a Pep Talk for 2014

I was thinking of doing a year in review blog as would be customary for this time of year but the sense of disorder in the world is so great, it was hard to know where to start. For the energy sector, there are so many factors that could turn into...

Posted January 7, 2014    

Predictions of a Coming Carbon Asset Bubble Overstated

Lately, it has been fashionable to talk of “stranded carbon assets” that will emerge as a risk to investors as pressure to mount a serious global climate policy increases. The thinking behind the carbon bubble analysis, recently presented by Al Gore...

Posted December 16, 2013    

GE White Paper: Age of Gas To Bring Greater Flexibility, Resilience

Denser networks for natural gas will contribute to greater flexibility and improved economics, according to a new white paper released by GE. The paper, called the Age of Gas, argues that the expanding network of natural gas infrastructure expected...

Posted October 21, 2013    

Substitution Effects Capping Future Oil Demand Growth

It is often said that the cure for high oil prices is high oil prices. Kuwait’s oil minister Mustafa Al-Shamali announced today that $100 to $110 a barrel is a fair price for oil but history may prove the minister wrong. History would argue that oil...

Posted October 8, 2013    

OPEC Reacts to US Shale Oil Boom with New Strategy

The first signs are emerging that key Persian Gulf members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) are adjusting their strategies to cope with the growing threat that North American shale oil is making to their long-term...

Posted April 15, 2013    

Could Political Turmoil in Venezuela Be Good for Oil Sector?

This blog was written by Dr. David R. Mares, Baker Institute Scholar for Latin American Energy Studies, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy.News reports indicate that Hugo Chávez remains hidden away in a hospital in Cuba. Venezuelan Vice...

Posted January 28, 2013    

National Oceans Policy Is About Streamlining

This blog was written by Dr. Amber Mace,  Associate Director, Policy Institute for Energy, Environment & The Economy, University of California, Davis. Prior to joining UC Davis, Dr. Mace served as assistant secretary for coastal matters at...

Posted January 21, 2013