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Amy Myers Jaffe

Oil’s Mixed Signals

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

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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 […]
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McDermott International has a $1.5 billion-plus contract with Saudia Arabia's national oil company. (AP file photo/John Moore)

Commentary: Reading tea leaves of Saudi 2015 budget

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

GCC Next Generation Leaders and the Price of Oil

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

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

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

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

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

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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. […]
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The US Humanitarian Intervention in Iraq: The Oil and Water Angle

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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 […]
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