Amy Myers Jaffe

Views from the University of California at Davis' Amy Myers Jaffe.

Foreign Policy Considerations Should Be Central To U.S. Oil And Gas Export Discussion

Foreign policy considerations should be central to the discussion of U.S. oil and natural gas export policy. Barriers to energy trade and investment between major oil and gas rich regions and consuming countries can harm the global economy, leave the U.S. and its allies subject to energy blackmail, and create artificial shortages of vital energy […]  More »

Lessons from the Boston Marathon Attack: Rule of Law is No Conspiracy

As the media swirls with speculation about the motivations of alleged Boston Marathon Bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, I am struck by how much the discussion misses a relevant ponit for those striving for political reform in the Middle East. The more important lesson of the Boston Marathon attack and subsequent operation to capture the alleged bombers […]  More »

Don’t Like How Big Oil Invests? Blame Wall Street

Wall Street is unhappy with the performance of ExxonMobil’s share price. In the race of Big Oil share prices, Chevron is clearly winning. The discussion of relative share price performance is recently focusing on two things that distinguish the two oil giants. Unlike ExxonMobil, Chevron opted to stay out of Iraq and hasn’t yet purchased […]  More »

Jaffe: OPEC starts to react to US shale boom with new strategy

The first signs are emerging that key Persian Gulf members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) are adjusting their strategies to cope with the growing threat that North American shale oil is making to their long-term dominance in global energy markets.  More »

US Oil and Gas Exports and National Power

Earlier this month, the US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a hearing on US natural gas exports. Republicans championing exports say LNG exports will create jobs and raise revenue for the federal government. Democrats worry that exports will undercut the resurgence in US manufacturing. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore) led the charge arguing […]  More »
In 2007, former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who died in 2013, nationalized oil assets in the Orrinco heavy crude belt. ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips quit the country and filed arbitration claims. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Commentary: Is Venezuela turmoil good for oil sector?

Chávez extracted high rents from oil companies, investment in the sector has fallen and production in the oil-rich Orinoco Belt has stagnated. A government shakeup could bring positive change.  More »

National Oceans Policy Is About Streamlining

This blog was written by Dr. Amber Mace,  Associate Director, Policy Institute for Energy, Environment & The Economy, University of California, Davis. Prior to joining UC Davis, Dr. Mace served as assistant secretary for coastal matters at the California Natural Resources Agency. Soon President Obama will release his final National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan. With […]  More »

Saudi Shifts Governor of Eastern Province

The Saudi royal family has long been noted for its practical resilience and the recent replacement of the long-standing governor of the East Province, Prince Muhammad Bin Fahd, is a case in point. The change in governors came in the aftermath of a renewed wave of protests set in motion by the shooting of an […]  More »
(AP file photo/Hadi Mizban)

Opinion: Oil’s divisive influence in Iraq

It has long been speculated that oil can be a driver for civil conflict, and one needs to look no further for evidence than the sectarian power politics that is threatening the possible devolution of the Iraqi state.  More »

Shell In the Arctic: Why Ecological Services Valuation Needs to be Part of E & P Investment Analysis

The 2013 New Year’s holiday did not start out smoothly for the oil industry with news that Royal Dutch Shell’s ice-reinforced hull Kulluk oil-drilling ship, which is carrying 150,000 gallons of diesel and about 12,000 gallons of lube oil and hydraulic fluid, had run aground as it was being towed to avoid an Arctic storm […]  More »

Bullish On America

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 […]  More »

Geopolitics Likely to Trump Economics In US LNG Export Question

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 […]  More »

Back to the Future: New Middle East Looking Less “New”

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 […]  More »

Saudi Cabinet Shuffle Could Be Prelude to Larger Challenges

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 […]  More »

Energy and the Obama Re-election: Good for Energy Independence but Clean Tech Path Needs Revamp

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 […]  More »
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