Amy Myers Jaffe

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

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 »

US LNG Exports May Not Have Large Price Impact, But Could Create Significant Commercial Risks for Companies

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. US domestic price impacts of LNG exports have been overblown and their commercial risks understated, a new report by the Baker Institute concludes. The report […]  More »

Will the Drought Also Cause the Renewable Fuels Standard to Shrivel?

This post was written by James Coan, research associate at the Baker Institute Energy Forum. In the wake of the record drought affecting much of the country, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released on Friday an extremely pessimistic paper projecting much lower production of corn and soybeans this year. The report is sure to […]  More »

North Dakota Overtakes Alaska

This post was written by James Coan, Research Associate at the Baker Institute Energy Forum. While we’re in Alaska, we keep hearing the same joke that if Alaska were split in two, Texas would be the third largest state. It turns out that when it comes to oil production, there’s a new state that’s fallen […]  More »

Portugal Pursues Strategic Vision Beyond Austerity

As a continent, Europe has been a global leader in climate policy, international conflict resolution, and global security. But Europe now stands at a difficult crossroads: it faces the task of revitalizing faltering economies and resolving a global debt crisis. Portugal, a global leader in renewable energy, is a particularly interesting case in which national […]  More »

Iran and (Temporarily) Lower Gasoline Prices

As Memorial Day and the summer driving season approach, American drivers can take to heart –albeit temporarily – that gasoline prices are slightly lower than they were at this time last year. Gasoline prices are also less than they were at this time in 2008, the year when prices spiked above $4/gallon. The AAA Daily […]  More »

The Spoils of Oil – Oil’s Divisive Influence: The Case of Iraq

The future economic security of Iraq rests upon the management of its natural resources, but a festering dispute between the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan and the central government in Baghdad threatens to destabilize more than just Iraq’s economy, according to an article published in The Majalla last week on “Oil’s Divisive Influence: The Case […]  More »
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