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The Spoils of War: US Diplomacy Must Focus on Conflict Resolution Over Oil Revenues

In the recent debate about what mistakes the United States has made in the Middle East and new air strikes on Syria, more attention needs to be given in the follow up to military action to oil conflict diplomacy. The United States and its coalition...

Posted September 25, 2014    

The Politics of EPA Bashing Counter-Productive to Industry's Safety Goals

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce joined in the chorus recently with a new twitter feed bashing the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The chamber says its members, who comprise 3 million businesses across the U.S., can “count on the Chamber to be...

Posted September 16, 2014    

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

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...

Posted August 15, 2014    

Are You Driving the Right Car for an Oil Crisis?

With further escalation in hostilities in Iraq as the militant group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) tries to lock down more oil and gas assets, it is hard not to worry that an oil crisis might be looming. Saudi Arabia has fortified its...

Posted July 31, 2014    

The Energy Angle: Why Hillary Clinton is Right about Putin

Both energy companies and consuming countries who still think appeasing Russian President Vladimir Putin will solve their long term problems need to think again. Hillary Clinton’s tough talk about why we must stand up to energy fascism is spot on...

Posted July 29, 2014    

Do We Still Need Alternative Fuels?

As the Obama administration struggles to come up with a solution to the dysfunctional renewables fuel standard (RFS), many in the industry are asking the question: do we actually need alternative fuels? In this blog, I tackle that question from the...

Posted July 15, 2014    

Mexico (and the World) Doesn't Have the Luxury of Politics of Usual

The ongoing political struggle between the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and the center-right National Action Party (PAN) and the Party of the Democratic Revolution for power and influence has created a drag on President Enrique...

Posted July 1, 2014    

Expect Dire Consequences if Syrian Contagion Spreads to Oil

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...

Posted June 23, 2014    

Does a Future Gas Glut Shape Russian Decision Making in Russia-Ukraine Conflict?

Russia may appear to some observers to have all the cards in its continued negotiations with Ukraine over their high stakes natural gas pricing dispute, in which European gas supply remains a hostage. But long term trends in global natural gas might...

Posted June 11, 2014    

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