Energy security, power and technology

A team of journalism graduate students has published a detailed project on energy security, geopolitics and technology that debunks several national myths about oil.

The team of nine graduate students at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism spent three months investigating “vulnerabilities in U.S. energy security policy,” including the large role of maritime security in ensuring steady streams of energy sources.

The project also explored the vulnerabilities of the Houston Ship Channel, the nation’s largest petroleum port.

“In their reporting, the students traveled far and wide,” according to a description on the project website. “Members of the team were embedded in military exercises in the Strait of Hormuz, a key oil choke point in the Persian Gulf; traveled by boat in the Subic Bay, Philippines, to report on tensions in the South China Sea; walked the storied hallways of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to look into cutting-edge fossil fuel research; climbed the hilly slopes of Quito, Ecuador, to investigate U.S. energy ties to Latin America; and documented local sentiments about the Strategic Petroleum Reserve near Baton Rouge, La.”

Read more about the project here, or go directly to the online collection of the team’s journalism work. Here are the team’s findings, as described on their website: