Amy Myers Jaffe

Views from the University of California at Davis' Amy Myers Jaffe.
Industry and environmental interests are debating whether efforts to reduce smog would increase greenhouse gas emissions.  (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Guest Column: Vehicle emissions standards are a regulatory success story

Recent estimates from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) show that emissions of air pollutants that harm human health in the Houston region are falling dramatically.  More »

Wind Developers Have Same Problems as Keystone XL

This post was written by Lavanya Sunder, who worked as an at the Baker Institute Energy Forum and is now a senior at Lamar High School. One of the most prominent arguments against expanded oil and natural gas drilling and major infrastructure projects like Keystone XL is that the United States should for environmental reasons […]  More »

Opportunities and Challenges Lie Ahead for Liberia’s Nascent Oil Sector

The recent announcement of the discovery of oil off the coast of Liberia has spurred widespread public interest and international engagement. Re-elected for her second term in January 2012, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the first female president in Africa and a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011. Much is at stake for […]  More »

Expand the SEMATECH Approach to Solar

I participated last week on a panel at the New York Times Energy For Tomorrow conference in New York City. My session, the Closing Plenary, which you can watch here, focused on the issue of energy subsidies. Our session chair, Joe Nocera, queried whether it made sense to subsidize all of our different energy sources. […]  More »

Smart Parking Solutions to Reduce Congestion and Oil Use

This post was written by Kathleen Barker, intern at the Baker Institute Energy Forum The days of free parking may be numbered. In a world where rapid urbanization and climate change are raising awareness of the high costs of traffic congestion, Citibank and IBM announced this week that they are joining forces to provide financing […]  More »

Young Americans Are Driving Dramatically Less – Will It Continue?

This post was written by James Coan, Research Associate at the Baker Institute Energy Forum. Americans under 40 are driving dramatically less, according to data from the National Household Travel Survey. The question is: Is car culture in America waning generationally or is this a temporary phenomenon linked to the recession? The recession hit younger […]  More »

The US and Saudi Arabia: A Renewed Partnership on Oil Markets?

On gasoline prices, President Obama is starting to learn the lesson of his predecessors. The quickest way to lower gasoline prices is by calling on Saudi Arabia. For three decades, US presidents have called on Saudi Arabia to get them out of an oil price bind. Saudi Arabia helped President Ronald Reagan get a leg […]  More »

Terrorism and Media: A Britney Spears-Like Symbiosis

Reports that the French gunman responsible for this week’s heinous terrorist crime was wearing a video camera raise disturbing new questions about the future of ongoing symbiotic links between terrorism and media. In her play Our House, the playwright Theresa Rebeck (creator of the new hit show Smash) offers a bold and possibly insightful explanation […]  More »

Gasoline at $4/Gallon, but It May Feel Like $7/Gallon

This post was written by James Coan, Research Associate at the Baker Institute Energy Forum Gasoline prices may be edging up to $4/gallon but that is not how Americans “experience” the hike. Along with the Brookings Institution, the Baker Institute found that a $70/month increase in gasoline costs corresponded to a decline in American feelings […]  More »

Wind Power In Trouble on Two Fronts

This post was written by Lavanya Sunder, who interned at the Baker Institute Energy Forum and is a student at Lamar High School Wind power is being squeezed on two fronts. Natural gas prices remain low, limiting the financial incentive to install wind capacity. Meanwhile, the Chinese government continues limit the supply of rare earth […]  More »

The Cost of $100 Crude

This post was written by Keily Miller, Research Associate at the Baker Institute Energy Forum. Saudi Oil Minister Ali Al-Naimi’s statement in mid-January that $100 constitutes a “fair” price for a barrel of crude appears to have been met with uncharacteristic agreement across OPEC member states. In an interview with Austrian newspaper Kurier at the […]  More »

Is It a Jungle Gym or an Electric Charging Station?

This post was written by James Coan, Research Associate at the Baker Institute Energy Forum. Public electric vehicle charging stations are starting to pop around Houston and other cities in a noticeable fashion. According to eVgo, nine are currently operational around town (six of which are in parking lots of Walgreens stores). Recently, while driving […]  More »

Why Is the Nissan Leaf Selling Faster than the Chevy Volt?

This post was written by Yvette Loch, who interned at the Baker Institute Energy Forum and is a student at Awty International School. With the high gas prices we are facing today, the popularity of the fuel-efficient car is seeing its inevitable increase. Two of the fiercer competitors of this type of car are the […]  More »
Natural gas drilling in the United States has led to far cheaper prices here than in Asia. Photo: Matt Nager / HC

Forecasting the future of natural gas

What’s ahead for U.S. natural gas? What potential does this energy resource hold and what challenges are likely?  More »

Iran and Hormuz

Escalating tensions over Iran’s threat to block the Strait of Hormuz have contributed to a several dollar rise in the price of oil over the past two weeks, portending an even higher oil price security risk premium that could emerge – were Iran to become a nuclear power. Analysts are already predicting a large oil […]  More »