Category: ‘ Energy Security ’

 

Then and Now: Are We More Energy Secure? (Part 1 of 2)

Earlier this week, Daniel Yergin was awarded the first ever James Schlesinger Medal for Energy Security. In his acceptance speech, Yergin echoed one of Schlesinger’s observations on U.S. energy policy: That we toggle between pan...

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...

Oil Prices Out of Sync with Geopolitical Realities

Oil prices are sitting at a 4-month low this week in response to oversupply in West African and Atlantic markets, combined with weak seasonal demand. While traders fret over what to do with this recent glut of crude, however, real...

Hurricanes Pose Continued Threat to Gulf of Mexico Fuel Production

As summer heats up, more Americans spend time venturing into the great outdoors. So many, in fact, that 41 million people traveled 50 miles or more during the Fourth of July holiday, a 2 percent increase over last year. As vacatio...

Russia-Ukraine: Effects of New Sanctions on American Energy Security

When the United States announced its first sanctions on Russia in response to the uproar over the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, many began to wonder what effects the new restrictions would have on multinational oil co...

Black Market for Black Gold

A fascinating new dynamic has emerged in recent weeks: a growing black market for oil and petroleum products across the Middle East, revenues from which are bankrolling ISIS, Libyan militias, and the Kurdish Autonomous Region ...

Oil Exports Hold Key to Kurdish Sovereignty

The Kurdish people have aspired for independence for over a century, and now, they are hoping the uncertainty surrounding the insurgency of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) against the Iraqi government provides a windo...

Mullen & Hannah Offer Insight on Geopolitics & Energy Security

A transportation sector powered by multiple, diverse energy sources enables the United States to protect itself from an often-volatile oil market, while freeing foreign policy from reliance on a resource with important implica...

Oil Security Index Update: Spare Capacity in Focus

Today, SAFE is releasing the most recent update to its Oil Security Index, the only quantitative tool designed to enable policymakers and the general public to measure and compare the relative oil security of different countries a...

Understanding Crude Quality in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve

With ISIS militants targeting Baghdad and possibly Basra, the threat of a significant disruption to Iraqi oil supplies is very real. Given OPEC’s current razor-thin spare capacity, SAFE’s latest issue brief finds that a major ...
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