Archive for March, 2015

 

Sovereign Wealth Funds Useful Buffer Against Low Oil Prices

Norway is a unique example among the short list of the world’s most energy-rich states. As the world’s fifth-largest oil exporter—putting $40 billion into the state’s coffers every year—the Nordic country also boasts a v...

Petrobras Scandal Fuels Instability in Brazil

The government of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is embroiled in a heated controversy that implicates the state-owned oil company Petrobras in a wide-ranging corruption scheme. Early last week, prosecutors filed charges ag...

Obama Administration Releases First Fracking Rules in 30 Years

Today, the Obama administration unveiled the first federal fracking regulations in over 30 years, setting rules regarding chemical disclosures, wastewater disposal, and certain well construction standards. The rules, announced by ...

Tesla’s Answer to Range Anxiety

Tesla Motors has drawn significant attention recently with the gradual launch of its “Autopilot” suite of autonomous driving tools for its Model S sedan, designed to relieve owners of some of the tedium of highway driving. In ...

ISIS in Libya

When ISIS began rearing its head and taking broad swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria last year, there were obvious questions about where the group was likely to spread next. Libya was a clear natural vulnerability, given the on...

Natural Gas, Diesel, and the Future of Trucking

California’s Interstate 5 is one of the most important roads in America. The 1,400-mile stretch of highway connects the U.S.-Mexican border in the south to its northernmost terminus in Canada. I-5 is a massive, transcontinen...

Last Contango in Cushing

  This week, there’s been a lot of talk about oil storage—or rather, the lack thereof. Experts are saying that U.S. crude oil storage capacity could be depleted by mid-April of this year, which could result in ev...

Opportunities, and Risks, in Oil Patch Boomtowns

Eighty miles northwest of Laredo, Texas, in the heart of the Eagle Ford shale formation, rests the tiny town of Carrizo Springs. This town of 5,800 was, for years, a quiet ranching and farming community. The shale boom has changed...

New Oil Sanctions for Iran: An Effective Policy Tool?

On Tuesday, March 3, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a rare joint session of the U.S. Congress as part of an invitation issued by Speaker of the House John Boehner. His remarks celebrated the long history of co...

Revisiting the Rig Count

If the first quarter of 2015 will be remembered for anything in energy markets, it will be the precipitous decline of the rig count. When oil prices began dropping last October, everyone believed the U.S. oil rig count would take ...
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