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Amy Myers Jaffe

Bullish On America

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The fiscal cliff notwithstanding, the shale boom is making people bullish about America. Roger Cohen put it very elegantly, “…the self image and economic prospects of an energy independent United States are going to see a sharp uptick.” And cheap energy isn’t the only thing we may have going for us. We also have a […]
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Geopolitics Likely to Trump Economics In US LNG Export Question

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Last week, U.S. Gulf of Mexico natural gas exports took a step closer to reality with the release of NERA Economic Consulting’s study for the U.S. Department of Energy concluding that the economic benefits (including wealth transfer affects) from liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports from the U.S. Gulf coast will outweigh the losses from “reduced […]
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Back to the Future: New Middle East Looking Less “New”

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For much of 2012, turmoil in the Middle East has provided a major support to international oil prices. But the inclination to diplomacy that gripped the center stage of several conflicts in the last week or two may be signs that oil market supply and demand fundamentals might reassert themselves, potentially bringing lower prices in […]
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Saudi Cabinet Shuffle Could Be Prelude to Larger Challenges

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Saudi Arabia’s commitment to keep oil markets amply supplied has been keeping a lid on prices this autumn, together with concerns about the health of the U.S. and global economy. What might have been considered a minor cabinet shuffle in the kingdom this week was largely ignored by oil traders, but perhaps mistakenly. Earlier this […]
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Energy and the Obama Re-election: Good for Energy Independence but Clean Tech Path Needs Revamp

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The reelection of President Barack Obama is good news for the U.S. pursuit of energy independence. That’s because the President is unlikely to take any major steps to ban shale drilling operations in the United States but is more likely than contender Mitt Romney to stay the course on accelerated time lines for higher efficiency […]
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Believe it or not, Social Responsibility and Green Advocacy Can Improve Oil Company Stock Performance

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Oil and gas companies that speak out against environmental regulations and sustainability values might want to think twice about whether such actions are actually promoting shareholder value, especially if they are based in “blue states.” Companies that make frequent corporate responsibility disclosures and high corporate political campaign contributions provide higher shareholder returns, a new study […]
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Why Shale Could Rebalance the Economic Scales with China

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As the Presidential candidates exchange barbs over whose policy will be a stronger bulwark against a rising China, the American oil industry may in the end accidentally provide the best solution. Growing North America shale resources look poised to strengthen the US economic and diplomatic position vis a vis China just as it has already […]
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Energy Debate Scorecard: Gasoline Prices…What the Candidates Should Have Said

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Surprisingly, gasoline prices were front and center in last night’s Presidential debate –surprisingly, because gasoline prices would seem to be one of those issues that are largely out of a President’s hand. The single largest variable that influences gasoline prices is the price of crude oil and it is hard for the United States to […]
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China Straddling a Dangerous Fence in Persian Gulf

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China’s Foreign Ministry released yet another statement yesterday reiterating its opposition to sanctions against Iran, arguing that sanctions will further worsen and escalate the problem. China says it prefers “negotiations” to resolve the issue but has not, to date, played a leading diplomatic role. A new paper from the Baker Institute Energy Forum argues that […]

Fuel Economy Standards: Is the Most Important Energy Policy of Obama’s Administration at Risk?

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This post was written by James Coan, Research Associate at the Baker Institute Energy Forum. Yesterday, President Obama announced the most important energy policy of his administration, finalizing fuel economy standards through model year (MY) 2025 that should roughly double the efficiency of new vehicles as compared to when he took office. This highly popular […]