Archive for March, 2014

 

Video of the Week: Galveston Oil Spill Closes Shipping Channel

Earlier this week, an oil barge collided with another vessel in a shipping channel between Galveston and Houston, Texas. The barge leaked as much as about a fifth of its cargo into the Houston Ship Channel, one of the world's busi...

Natural Gas Stocks Critically Low

In the wake of the Crimean crisis, there has been much debate about whether the United States should increase exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG).An important and unfortunate detail has been largely overlooked in this conversat...

Ret. Admiral Dennis Blair Testifies on the Geopolitics of Shale

This morning, Admiral Dennis Blair of SAFE's Commission on Energy and Geopolitics testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, for a hearing entitled, "The Geopolitical Implications of the U.S. ...

Not all lithium-ion batteries are created equal

There’s a common perception that the lithium-ion batteries that power electric vehicles are not characteristically different from those that power our cell phones and laptops. While much of the technology is the same, there’s ...

Interview with Libya Expert Matthew M. Reed

Matthew M. Reed is a Washington, D.C. based analyst for Foreign Reports, a consultancy focused on oil and politics in the Middle East. His views on Libya have been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and published in Foreign Policy....

Video of the Week: The Strategic Petroleum Reserve

In light of this week's announcement to conduct a "test release" of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), this week's video is an analytical look at the history of the SPR, including why differing economic viewpoints on the SPR's...

Releasing the SPR: A Threat, with What Goal?

Earlier this week, the Department of Energy announced that it was conducting a “test” release of crude oil from the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). Five million barrels, roughly 1 percent of collected supplies, w...

Will Panama Canal Delays Throw a Wrench in LNG Exports to Asia?

Last week, we wrote about how American natural gas won’t be finding its way to Europe any time soon, and is far from a total antidote to the threat of Russia shutting  down natural gas supplies. The key reasons essentially boil...

Rising Gasoline Costs Drive Demand for Public Transit

The American Public Transit Association’s (APTA) annual report, released yesterday, finds that use of public transit in the United States has reached its highest level since 1956. By the numbers: Public transit ridership is ...

Layers of Energy Insecurity in Venezuela

When Hugo Chavez died in March of last year, oil markets barely reacted—a somewhat surprising development considering that Venezuela’s national oil company, Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), was completely under the thumb of th...
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