Archive for September, 2014

 

Oil Security and China’s Engagement in South Sudan

Earlier this month, China announced plans to deploy one battalion, or 700 troops, to join United Nations peacekeeping operations in the newly independent, war-torn nation of South Sudan. In its byline, the Wall Street Journal said...

Consumer Gas Spending Near All-Time High in 2013 Despite Oil Boom

SAFE's analysis of the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics finds that despite record domestic oil production, U.S. consumer spending on gasoline remained near all-time highs last year. Recent data from the Consumer...

Oil and Water

When most people think of oil production, they imagine a gush of crude oil emerging uninterrupted from the ground. While this scenario is occasionally true when conventional oil fields are first drilled, it rarely lasts for long...

Heavy Duty Vehicle Fuel Economy Matters to All Americans

Earlier this year, President Obama announced a plan to bolster the fuel economy of the nation’s medium- and heavy-duty trucks. The new rules, to be prepared by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Tr...

Understanding Inelasticity of Transportation Demand

Last week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its latest numbers on consumer spending for 2013. Drawing from the updated figures, we did a write-up of the burden of gas prices on American households, particularly its lowest e...

Oil’s Role in the Scottish Independence Movement

Control of resources is often central to the question of national sovereignty. Oil, composing around 40 percent of global energy demand, lies at the heart of many a peoples’ struggle for independence—look no further than the K...

Research Roundup: EV Reports from EEI and UBS

Two new research papers released in recent weeks shed light on the real potential of electric vehicles to upend traditional energy systems as we currently know them. The first report, from Edison Electric Institute, lays out an...

Latin America, Heavy Crude, and Resource Nationalism

Mexico nationalized its oil industry in 1938, expropriating foreign assets and forming a decisive monopoly around exploration, production, refining, and distribution. In 1975, Venezuela did the same thing while retaining the r...

Americans Remain Burdened by Gasoline Spending

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released the 2013 Consumer Expenditure Survey, an important resource which sheds important light on the burden of gasoline prices on American consumers. There is some good news. Oil spending...

Electric Vehicles: August 2014 Market Snapshot

This month, SAFE and the Electrification Coalition are excited to release our first monthly market snapshot, which covers the latest data on electric vehicle sales, charging infrastructure, fuel prices, and more. Click the infogra...
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