Amy Myers Jaffe

Amy Myers Jaffe

Amy Myers Jaffe is the Executive Director for Energy and Sustainability at the University of California, Davis, with affiliation at the Graduate School of Management and the Institute of Transportation Studies.

New Interior Fracking Rules Might Help Ease Ban Momentum

Industry would do well to embrace the new US Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM) rules for hydraulic fracturing on public lands. Stronger regulation and compliance in the sector is the industry’s best avenue to roll back an increasing trend for localities to seek outright bans. Twenty four US states currently have municipal […]  More »

Natural gas heavy duty trucking fleet could benefit US economy and security, but not necessarily climate

The decision by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries’ (OPEC) decision to favor a market-share approach rather than defend prices – and the subsequent fall in oil prices– has prompted a drop in drilling activity in the United States and layoffs in the oil and gas sector. While the U.S. economy benefits from falling oil […]  More »

Oil’s Mixed Signals

Oil prices stabilized last week amid reports that the US rig count has fallen close to 25 percent from its peak in October 2014. Yet even with some positive news about oil demand trends in December, analysts are assessing the surplus in oil markets for the first quarter of 2015 to be 2.5 million b/d […]  More »

New Year’s Message to Congress on U.S. Energy Independence and Exports: Do No Harm

When asked about the Republican agenda for 2015, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) is promising a “full-throated” debate on national energy policy. That worries me because ultimately, our energy situation is already moving in the right direction. U.S. oil imports have tumbled to their lowest levels in 16 years, with oil from the […]  More »

Commentary: Reading tea leaves of Saudi 2015 budget

The kingdom has historically missed the mark between budget making and actual oil prices.  More »

GCC Next Generation Leaders and the Price of Oil

This post was written by Jareer Elass, a Washington-based consultant and previous Mideast editor for Energy Intelligence Group. After several years of simmering disunity, members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are showing strong signs of strategic alignment. After a tumultuous year for the organization, highlighted by the dramatic move in March 2014 when Saudi […]  More »

Run up to OPEC meeting (amid Russian paranoia): Is Canadian heavy oil a Key Saudi Target?

This post was written by Jareer Elass, a Washington-based consultant and previous Mideast editor for Energy Intelligence Group. U.S. oil imports have tumbled to their lowest levels in 16 years this month, with oil from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) losing significant market share. Nigeria’s crude oil exports to the U.S. have been […]  More »

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 partners paid inadequate attention to oil conflict diplomacy in Iraq […]  More »

The Politics of EPA Bashing Counter-productive To Industry’s Safety Goals

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce joined in the chorus today 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 their voice in Washington.”  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a premiere organization […]  More »

Worldwide Push to Improve Vehicle Fuel Economy: Key Near-Term Strategy to Reduce Global CO2 Emissions

This post was written by Lew Fulton, co-Director of the Next STEPS program at University California, Davis. A shift to low-carbon fuels such as electricity, hydrogen and biofuels will be necessary to decarbonize transportation over the next several decades. However there is another important near-term strategy that can also produce enormous benefits: improving conventional vehicle […]  More »

Everyone loves a good comeback story. Could hydrogen fuel cell vehicles be one?

This post was written by Joan Ogden, C0-Director of the Next STEPS program at the Institute of Transportation Studies, University California, Davis. Are hydrogen powered fuel cell vehicles (FCV) ready for the big stage? We seem to be tantalizingly close to the beginning of a hydrogen transition. Of course, energy decision-makers have heard this before. […]  More »

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 control of critical water and oil infrastructure including the Mosul Dam.  Flooding […]  More »

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 northern border with Iraq with more military hardware and […]  More »

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 and needs to be carefully heeded. The West and China have undoubtedly benefited from cheap […]  More »

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 standpoint of a person who believes that the shale oil and gas revolution is […]  More »
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