Amy Myers Jaffe

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

Do We Take Canadian Oil for Granted?

In a must-see clip for anyone who both has an interest in US energy policy and watches or plays ice hockey, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last week humorously pointed out the lack of geopolitical risks that come from US dependence on Canadian oil imports. But the Stewart sketch, besides poking fun at politicians […]  More »
Khaled al Otaiby, an official of the Saudi oil company Aramco watches progress at a rig at the al-Howta oil field near Howta, Saudi Arabia in 1997. (AP file photo/John Moore)

The Crux of Saudi Power

OPEC’s lack of consensus is a huge failure for Saudi Arabia, one that has dangerous consequences and needs to be redressed quickly and decisively, writes Mideast expert Amy Meyers Jaffe.  More »
Traders of crude oil and natural gas react during early trading at the New York Mercantile Exchange. (AP file photo/Bebeto Matthews)

What to do when the next oil shock hits

America has no plan for what to do when an oil shock hits, writes James Coan of Rice University’s Baker Institute Energy Forum. Instead, politicians tend to resort to rhetorical policy proposals that accomplish nothing in the short-run for consumers. Yet with a high risk of future volatility in markets, America needs a plan.  More »

Gasoline Prices Weigh on Americans’ View of Economy

This post was written by James Coan, Research Associate at the Baker Institute Energy Forum. Oil prices nosedived by the largest amount in two years on increasing concerns about the U.S. economy. Slower U.S. recovery means lower oil demand and with no additional negative news coming from the Middle East, oil traders have begun to […]  More »

Al-Qaeda, Oil and Summer Air Conditioning

May 1, 2011 marks the death of Osama Bin Laden and hopefully the continued demise of Al-Qaeda and its attacks on innocent Muslims and Americans alike. Since oil is one of the major resources of the Arab world, it is not surprising that oil did not escape the attention of Bin Laden, who was born […]  More »

The Future of Oil in Mexico

Mexico, one of the largest oil exporters to the United States, could become a net oil importer in the next decade if it fails to make sufficient upstream oil field investments utilizing new and advanced technologies, according to a new Baker Institute-Oxford University study being released today in Mexico City. The study event “The Future […]  More »

Macondo’s One Year Anniversary – What Did We Learn?

It is the one year anniversary of the disastrous Macondo offshore oil accident, and people are asking: What did we learn? I think we learned a lot but I cannot say all the lessons are behind us. For sure, Americans have learned more about the technological challenges of oil drilling and energy production in the […]  More »

Global Market Impact Starting to be felt from Japan Nuclear Accident

The global energy market consequences of the devastating earthquake that hit Japan on March 11, 2011 are already starting to be felt, but so far, impacts have been more in spot LNG markets than in oil markets.  That’s because the increased demand for oil to burn for electricity generation will be offset by generally lower […]  More »

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is for BOEMRE

This post was written with help from intern Kathleen Barker and James Coan, Research Associate at the Baker Institute Energy Forum. Regardless of whether or not there is a government shutdown on April 8th, it has become clear that the continuing budget problems in Washington could potentially have a significant adverse effect on the oil […]  More »

Why Americans Hate Gas Taxes

This post was written by James Coan, Research Associate at the Baker Institute Energy Forum. Americans as a whole really hate taxes, but they seem to particularly loath raising the gasoline tax. In December, when Pew asked Americans 12 options to reduce the budget deficit, more Americans (74%) disapproved of raising the gasoline tax than […]  More »

Does the President Realize We’re About to Have an Energy Crisis?

The upshot of President Barack Obama’s latest energy speech is correct. We can reduce one-third of our oil imports by 2025. Ironically, the United States has simultaneously never had a better or worse energy outlook. Improving corporate average efficiency standards will effectively bring America to the president’s target probably by itself. When you add the […]  More »

Japan Energy Impact

The Institute for Energy Economics of Japan (IEEJ) discusses the energy impact of the devastating earthquake that hit Japan on March 11, 2011 in its latest Japan Energy Brief. IEEJ notes that the earthquake and tsunamis, which tragically claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people and devastated cities, towns and villages in a […]  More »