Archive for December, 2014

 

2015 Energy Geopolitics: More Chaos Coming Our Way

“EIA estimates that members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), excluding Iran, will earn about $700 billion in revenue from net oil exports in 2014, a 14 percent decrease from 2013 earnings and the ...

2015 Energy Policy Forecast: Make or Break

2014 has, without question, been a watershed year for the intersection of oil markets, geopolitics, and domestic energy security. Within the past 12 months we’ve seen the most dramatic oil price swing since the financial crisis,...

What’s at Risk from Low Oil Prices?

Earlier this week, prices for West Texas Intermediate crude dipped below $60 per barrel, dipping past what many perceived as a line in the sand. Oil prices in the $50 range are nearly a 50 percent decline from their peak early thi...

Washington State Makes Strides Towards Energy Security

Last month, Governor Jay Inslee unveiled a bold new plan to expand Washington State’s impressive fleet of electric vehicles (EVs). Speaking before the Washington Future Energy Conference, the governor said his state would exte...

Guest Post: When Oil Becomes Optional

This blog is a guest post by Carl Pope, former Executive Director of the Sierra Club, and current Principal, Inside Straight Strategies. It originally appeared in Bloomberg View on December 8, 2014.  Is this the beginning of ...

The Hidden Costs of Oil Price Volatility

As recently as a few months ago, an eerie calm had settled over oil markets. Volatility, fluctuations in the price of oil, had dropped to its lowest point since the 1990s, and was remaining low. Prices were moving roughly 3 pe...

Low Gasoline Prices Undermine Efficiency and Alternatives

Gasoline prices have fallen to their lowest levels in years. This is good news for consumers spending, but bad news for efficiency and alternatives, and likely leaves consumers vulnerable once high prices return. In thi...

Hill Event: New Leverage in Iran Negotiations?

Today, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE), in partnership with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), played host to an expert panel discussion in Capitol Hill’s Rayburn House Office Building. The talk, “Ext...

Report: Current oil market dynamics work in P5+1’s favor with Iran

This morning, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) and Roubini Global Economics (RGE) released a report assessing the impact of current global oil market dynamics on Iran and the ongoing negotiations with the P5+1 over the ...

The Need-to-Know on Last Week’s OPEC Meeting

Just when the oil price slide appeared to have stalled, OPEC’s decision last Thursday to leave its production quota unchanged caused Brent Crude futures to collapse 8 percent that day, and fall from $76 on Thursday morning to ...
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