Archive for February, 2015

 

Could a refinery strike cause a gasoline price spike?

Three of the largest U.S. oil refineries went offline this week in the wake of a month-long labor dispute—the longest in over 35 years. More than 6,500 United Steelworkers Union (USW) members, representing 15 refineries, have ...

The Cost of Driving

Since oil prices began falling in mid-2014, there has been widespread observation of an apparent shift in consumer purchasing habits away from efficient and alternative fuel vehicles and back to gas guzzlers. According to the Wall...

Pinning the Blame on Crude in Trains

Another train derailment and explosion, this time in West Virginia, is an unexpected reminder that although low oil prices might have taken the wind out of the shale boom’s sails, safety and security concerns linger. The acciden...

Medium Term Oil Market Report: An Oil Market Transformed

On February 10, during a pivotal time in oil markets, the International Energy Agency released its latest oil market outlook for the next 5-7 years—four months in advance of its normal publication schedule. The Medium Term Oil ...

Study Shows the Unexpected Benefits of Autonomous Vehicles

It’s Monday morning, and you’ve just arrived at work. You step out of your car and tell it to “Go home.” It follows the instruction, then takes your children to school, picks them up at the end of the school day, brings th...

SAFE Releases Latest Energy Security Fact Pack

Today, SAFE released its fourth quarter update to the Energy Security Fact Pack, a powerful repository of the most recent trends affecting American energy security and the global oil market today. This update examines current oil ...

The Year of the DC Fast Charger?

One of the most significant barriers to successful widespread adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) lies not with the car, but with the plug. Getting quick charge—a top-off in a matter of minutes—requires specialized equipment t...

2015: A “Game Changing” Year for EVs?

Last month, General Motors did something big. Following the success of its popular Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, the Detroit automaker announced plans to release its first mass market battery electric vehicle (...

Lessons from Venezuela’s Dangerous Slide

Venezuela is a petroleum giant. In addition to holding the world’s largest proven oil reserves, it is the second-largest net oil exporter in the Western Hemisphere (behind only Russia, who straddles both hemispheres) and a major...
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