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.

America’s Resource Renaissance

American oil industry leadership groups such as the National Petroleum Council and the American Petroleum Institute have been meeting in recent months to fashion new frameworks for the industry to ensure best practices for oil and natural gas drilling. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the task at hand is proving highly […]  More »

Syria: To Sanction or Not To Sanction?

This post was written by Keily Miller, Research Associate at the Baker Institute Energy Forum. In response to the ongoing violence plaguing Syrian cities, the Obama administration is toying with a new plan to sanction Syria’s oil and gas industry. The plan rests on two assumptions: first, that sanctioning Syria’s energy industry sector will wreak […]  More »

Can the Shale Gas Revolution Be a Green One?

This post was written by Keily Miller, Research Associate at the Baker Institute Energy Forum. July was a rough month for the shale gas industry. Marcellus shale wells faced permit suspensions for the withdrawal of water from nearby streams, the media issued reports that various toxic chemicals released during production were migrating to America’s water […]  More »

Jaffe: ‘Saudi Oil Price Mojo Stronger in a Recession’

Iran, Venezuela and Iraq may rue the day that they sent Saudi Arabia home empty handed from the June 8 OPEC meeting.  More »

Does the Arab Spring Spell the End for North African Solar?

This post was written by Keily Miller, Research Associate at the Baker Institute Energy Forum. As Algeria tenders its 150-MW solar plant this week, investors should ask themselves: with the Arab Spring making its way into an “Arab Summer,” is the winter of large-scale solar at hand? Over the last few years, North Africa has […]  More »

Troubles Realizing Iraq’s Oil Potential

Does Iraq have what it takes to shake up the global energy market? Oil production capacity growth in Iraq and Saudi Arabia hold the key to future oil market stability, but the outlook for gains in the near to intermediate term looks cloudy, according to a new study by the Baker Institute. Political instability in […]  More »

Shale Gas and U.S. National Security

This post was written by Kenneth B. Medlock III, the James A. Baker, III, and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics at the Baker Institute Energy Forum. Just a decade ago, companies were planning large scale investments that would allow them to import substantial volumes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to all […]  More »

The Arab Spring and Latin America

This post was written by Ronald Soligo, professor of economics Rice University and a Baker Institute Rice Scholar. In the July/August edition of Foreign Affairs, F. Gregory Gause III writes about “Why Middle East Studies Missed the Arab Spring”. In the article Gause mentions two factors that contributed to the oversight and led scholars to […]  More »

Supporting the SPR move

The Baker Institute’s Amy Myers Jaffe writes in support of the administration’s Strategic Petroluem Reserve move, saying the action sqaures with in with the original spirit of the SPR’s creation.  More »

Barnett Shale Still Has Lots of Life

This post was written by Kenneth B. Medlock III, the James A. Baker, III, and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics at the Baker Institute Energy Forum On June 25th, the New York Times published a story regarding the viability of shale gas as a domestic source of supply for the U.S. […]  More »

Automakers’ “Global DNA”

This post was written by James Coan, Research Associate at the Baker Institute Energy Forum. Imagine two car companies. One sold almost three-quarters of its vehicles outside the U.S. Another built 90 percent of its autos sold in the U.S. in America. What are the names of these companies? It may be surprising, but the […]  More »

What Eliminating the Ethanol Subsidy and Tariff Means for Farmers…and You

This post was written by James Coan, Research Associate at the Baker Institute Energy Forum. Action on the Hill over the ethanol subsidy and tariff is heating up. Senators yesterday voted overwhelmingly to eliminate both provisions 73-27, with votes from 40 Democrats and 33 Republicans. We at the Baker Institute have strongly questioned the rationale […]  More »

Do We Take Canadian Oil for Granted?

In a must-see clip for anyone who both has an interest in US energy policy and watches or plays ice hockey, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last week humorously pointed out the lack of geopolitical risks that come from US dependence on Canadian oil imports. But the Stewart sketch, besides poking fun at politicians […]  More »

The Crux of Saudi Power

OPEC’s lack of consensus is a huge failure for Saudi Arabia, one that has dangerous consequences and needs to be redressed quickly and decisively, writes Mideast expert Amy Meyers Jaffe.  More »

What to do when the next oil shock hits

America has no plan for what to do when an oil shock hits, writes James Coan of Rice University’s Baker Institute Energy Forum. Instead, politicians tend to resort to rhetorical policy proposals that accomplish nothing in the short-run for consumers. Yet with a high risk of future volatility in markets, America needs a plan.  More »