Category: ‘ Economic Security ’

 

Study: Flying Outpaces Driving in Fuel Efficiency

Driving is more energy-intense than flying, a University of Michigan study concluded last week, revealing surprising trends about energy consumption in the United States. Lead researcher Michael Sivak of the University’s Tra...

Going Local with Energy Security: Indianapolis

“The politics of energy is warping diplomacy around the world,” said Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, quoting former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in a presentation he gave today at the 2015 Alternative Clean Transpo...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

Oil Stocks: Searching for the Bottom

Oil stocks continue their slide as American energy firms cut major projects and pay down debts. Billions of dollars have been pumped into exchange-traded funds (ETFs) by investors expecting a plateau in the price of Brent crude oi...

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...
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