Amy Myers Jaffe

Views from the University of California at Davis' Amy Myers Jaffe.
Russia's national gas company Gazprom, touted in this sign on a building in Moscow, has given Ukraine another week to pay a multibillion-dollar gas bill as price negotiations continue.(Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg)

Commentary: Russia and Ukraine — The Energy Angle

Even with all the speculation and debate about Vladimir Putin’s nationalistic motives for Russia’s annexation of the Crimea, there still seems to be room for more thoughtful consideration of the oil and gas aspects of the conflict.  More »

Natural Gas Vehicles: Good or Bad for Climate?

This post was written by Rosa Dominguez-Faus, post-graduate research fellow at the Institute for Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis Private businesses, municipal fleets and state governments are increasingly embracing natural gas vehicles (NGVs) as a cleaner, cheaper alternative to traditional oil-based fuels, gasoline and diesel, but new scientific studies are calling into question the […]  More »

Washington Needs to Embrace the New American Century: More Thoughts on US Exports

I don’t always agree with New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman but his column today is a must read. In a nutshell, he is arguing that innovation in the United States is driving us to greatness again (shale, the internet of things, 3-D printing, etc.) and potentially fantastic job creation but he notes correctly that […]  More »

US Export Bans 101: Markets Defy Artificial Barriers

Environmental advocates weighing in against US oil and gas exports and Keystone XL Pipeline need to be wary. The belief that creating barriers to exports and infrastructure will lock oil and gas under the ground is a misplaced one. Markets will clear, as long as the demand for fossil energy remains.  The United States as […]  More »

Americans Seeking Leadership: The Threats are Real so A Pep Talk for 2014

I was thinking of doing a year in review blog as would be customary for this time of year but the sense of disorder in the world is so great, it was hard to know where to start. For the energy sector, there are so many factors that could turn into negative Black Swans, it […]  More »

Predictions of a coming carbon asset bubble overstated

Lately, it has been fashionable to talk of “stranded carbon assets” that will emerge as a risk to investors as pressure to mount a serious global climate policy increases.  More »

Baker Institute Turns 20 Amid Great Success: Saluting The Honorable James A. Baker, III

The Baker Institute is celebrating its 20th anniversary tonight and there is much to be proud of. The Baker Institute study “Re-engaging the Israelis and the Palestinians: Why An American Role in Initiating Israeli and Palestinian Negotiations is Necessary and How It Can Be Accomplished”http://bakerinstitute.org/research/re-engaging-the-israelis-and-the-palestinians-why-an-american-role-in-initiating-israeli-palestinian/ has made a major contribution to the peace process, with […]  More »

Age of Gas To Bring Greater Flexibility, Resilience, GE White Paper shows

Denser networks for natural gas will contribute to greater flexibility and improved economics, according to a new white paper released by GE. The paper, called the Age of Gas, argues that the expanding network of natural gas infrastructure expected from the gas boom, will enhance deliverability, leading to greater supply resiliency and less price volatility. […]  More »

Substitution Effects Capping Future Oil Demand Growth

It is often said that the cure for high oil prices is high oil prices. Kuwait’s oil minister Mustafa Al-Shamali announced today that $100 to $110 a barrel is a fair price for oil but history may prove the minister wrong. History would argue that oil is a cyclical industry and that prices above competitive […]  More »

Electric Car Charging Etiquette: Can I Unplug Your Car?

As Elon Musk was preparing for his cross-US journey in the new Tesla Model S, he might have been advised also to weigh in on the importance of charging station etiquette, a new UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies study suggests. We all know how to pull into a line and sit in our cars […]  More »

LNG Exports First Step to Depoliticizing Global Oil Market

US manufacturer’s sounded alarm bells last week with the approval of a fourth liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility, this time on the East coast at Cove Point Maryland. At issue is whether LNG exports would “harm” the US economy by raising energy costs. But opponents of US energy exports are missing the point: US […]  More »

Corporate Bets on America: Shortening the Time Horizon or Avoiding Geopolitical Risk?

With war fears still dominating the headlines in the Middle East and the US Federal Reserve slow to end easing, now would seem like a good time to own an oil field coming on line. Global oil prices remain over $100 a barrel with plenty of geopolitical risk around to keep them there at least […]  More »
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