Archive for June, 2014

 

Highway Trust Fund Needs Immediate Intervention

The Highway Trust Fund (HTF), the federal government’s primary account for funding the nation’s highways, is going broke. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) estimates that the fund’s balance will drop to zero by lat...

The Need to Know on Condensate Exports

Oil and gas producers have been pulling out all the stops in recent months, pushing on all fronts for Congress and the President to reverse the ban on crude oil exports imposed in the aftermath of the 1973 OPEC oil embargo. Th...

Ukraine, Russia’s Gas, and the EU’s (lack of) Options

After the seventh round of trilateral negotiations fell through, Russia acted upon its earlier threats and cut off gas to Ukraine at 10:00 a.m. Moscow time on Monday, June 16.  Gazprom announced that it will now “supply Ukrai...

Understanding Crude Quality in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve

With ISIS militants targeting Baghdad and possibly Basra, the threat of a significant disruption to Iraqi oil supplies is very real. Given OPEC’s current razor-thin spare capacity, SAFE’s latest issue brief finds that a major ...

Iraq Could “Send Economic Forecasters Back to the Drawing Board”

One month ago, Iraq—OPEC’s second largest oil producer—was seeing steady gains production prompting hope that the country would finally begin to realize the its potential as the holder of the world’s fifth largest oil rese...

Natural Gas Wins Big in Power Plant Rules

Much has already been said about the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s recently proposed plans to lower greenhouse gas emissions over the next three decades. Under the EPA’s proposed mandate, power plants must achieve a ...

Venezuela: A Stumbling Oil Giant

When it comes to oil production, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela are in completely different leagues—the former is first in global production at 11.5 million barrels per day (mbd), while the latter’s comparatively paltry 2.7 mbd is...
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