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 […]
The ongoing political struggle between the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and the center-right National Action Party (PAN) and the Party of the Democratic Revolution for power and influence has created a drag on President Enrique Pena Nieto’s ambitious vision for energy reform. But as these entrenched career politicians squabble with their own narrow agendas […]
Among the dismal reports coming out of Iraq, a seemingly minor but highly significant item was news that ISIS and the Iraqi government were battling over the Baiji oil refinery near Tikrit. The Baiji oil refinery, news reports noted, could be a key installation in providing fuel. Indeed, back in the day so-called “insurgents” often […]
Russia may appear to some observers to have all the cards in its continued negotiations with Ukraine over their high stakes natural gas pricing dispute, in which European gas supply remains a hostage. But long term trends in global natural gas might not be on Moscow’s side. Russia’s willingness to talk about compromise with Ukraine […]
In a study based on two sets of focus groups conducted in 2011 and 2012, it was revealed that women and men engaged their electric cars differently despite having similar driving experiences.
IPCC Panel: Big Technological Gains in Transport Technically Possible but Threatened by Institutional, Behavorial and Business Challenges
This post was written by Daniel Sperling, Director, Institute for Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) met last week in Berlin to finalize its scientific assessment of solutions to curb greenhouse gases emissions. One of the key take-aways in the report is the opportunity for large […]
Prior to Russia’s invasion of the Crimea, the United States tried to re-engage Russia as a strategic partner in the Middle East. Moscow has at least one concrete interest that is the same as Washington: radical Islamic jihadism is a national security threat in Moscow. This fact created at least a modest synergy on outcomes […]
Western oil leaders may be worrying that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions in the Crimea will lead to a ban on international investment in the Russian Arctic, but if it does, that would be doing US companies a favor. The prospects that such mega-investments will remain profitable over 20 years looks questionable at best, even […]
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.
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 […]