Amy Myers Jaffe

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

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 »

Believe it or not, Social Responsibility and Green Advocacy Can Improve Oil Company Stock Performance

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 […]  More »

Why Shale Could Rebalance the Economic Scales with China

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 […]  More »

Energy Debate Scorecard: Gasoline Prices…What the Candidates Should Have Said

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 […]  More »

China Straddling a Dangerous Fence in Persian Gulf

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 […]  More »

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

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 […]  More »

America’s Real Strategic Petroleum Reserve – Is relying on Saudi Arabia in times of war a smart tradition or future folly?

As oil prices ticked above $115 per barrel last week, a White House leak revealed that President Barack Obama may dip into the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), the United States’ 695 million barrel stockpile of emergency fuel supplies. The leak might have been a signal that Washington wants Gulf countries to take action to lower […]  More »

As the Number of Americans with Driver’s Licenses Declines, So Should Oil Use

This post was written by James Coan, Research Associate at the Baker Institute Energy Forum. New research shows that the percentage of Americans with driver’s licenses continues to decline, further justifying the often-repeated argument that U.S. gasoline consumption has peaked. Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute found that […]  More »

Will a New Energy Reform be Possible with the Coming Back of PRI’s Bosses?

This post was written by Isidro Morales, Professor at the Santa Fe campus of the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) in Mexico City. Most probably, on December 1st, Mr. Enrique Peña Nieto (EPN), the presidential candidate of PRI party, will become the new Mexican president for a six year term. The PRI […]  More »
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