Category: ‘ Oil ’

 

Heavy Duty Vehicle Fuel Economy Matters to All Americans

Earlier this year, President Obama announced a plan to bolster the fuel economy of the nation’s medium- and heavy-duty trucks. The new rules, to be prepared by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Tr...

Latin America, Heavy Crude, and Resource Nationalism

Mexico nationalized its oil industry in 1938, expropriating foreign assets and forming a decisive monopoly around exploration, production, refining, and distribution. In 1975, Venezuela did the same thing while retaining the r...

The Growing Connection between Oil and Terror

This week, it was announced that Algeria's In Amenas natural gas facility, which grabbed international headlines in January 2013 when Al-Qaeda-linked terrorists from Libya took hundreds hostage in a prolonged standoff resulting in...

Harsh Arctic Conditions Test Industry’s Capabilities

Federal regulators this week received Royal Dutch Shell’s application to bore an exploratory well in the Arctic waters of the Chukchi Sea. Although the company has not made any final decisions, the application, filed with th...

The “Oversupply” Narrative: Behind the Headlines

Last week’s moderate price slip, in which Brent Crude oil dropped to nearly $101 a barrel (from recent highs of $113 in June), and West Texas Intermediate fell to $93 per barrel (from $105, again in June), caused a flurry of pre...

Exports, Renewable Fuels Drive Questions on Larger Energy Challenges

Emboldened by the recent decision enabling Enterprise Product Partners and Pioneer Natural Resources to export unrefined condensate, a form of extremely light crude oil, producers are doubling down on efforts to enable broader ref...

Russia Sanctions: Plenty of Wiggle Room

The latest round of sanctions from the European Union and United States have observers wondering what effects they will have on Russia’s oil production. There are differences of opinion from commentators, investment banks, and t...

All Eyes on ISIS

With Islamic State (ISIS) forces approaching the Kurdish Autonomous Region, the Obama administration authorized air strikes on ISIS positions around Erbil. The city, which lies near a number of oil wells, is the capital of the Kur...

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 ...
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