Category: ‘ Oil Production ’

 

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 ...

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...

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...

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 ...

Saudis to OPEC: This Isn’t a Democracy

Yesterday, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries’ (OPEC) decision to leave its production ceiling unchanged at 30 mbd was the latest indicator that politics and strategy within the “cartel” aren’t quite what th...

Low oil prices: Help or hindrance for the P5+1 and Iran?

Next Monday, November 24, is the deadline for negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 (the United States, United Kingdom, Russia, China, and France + Germany) regarding Iran’s nuclear program. The recent plunge in oil prices ha...

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

In part of one of this piece, we looked at ways in which the United States is more energy secure than ten years ago. Now, it’s worth looking at ways in which our energy security has failed to improve, or in some cases, worsen...

“A Good Sweating” for Oil Producers

As oil prices have continued their recent slide, speculation is growing about the implications for the oil majors, OPEC, and consumers. Saudi Arabia has already stated that it is unwilling to cut production again this year, and la...

Oil Security and China’s Engagement in South Sudan

Earlier this month, China announced plans to deploy one battalion, or 700 troops, to join United Nations peacekeeping operations in the newly independent, war-torn nation of South Sudan. In its byline, the Wall Street Journal said...
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