Young Americans Are Driving Dramatically Less – Will It Continue?

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

Terrorism and Media: A Britney Spears-Like Symbiosis

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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 […]

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

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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 […]
Categories: Politics/Policy

Wind Power In Trouble on Two Fronts

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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 […]
Categories: Natural gas, Wind

The Cost of $100 Crude

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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 […]

Is It a Jungle Gym or an Electric Charging Station?

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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 […]
Categories: Solar

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

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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 […]
Categories: Electricity
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

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

Iran and Hormuz

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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 […]