Category: ‘ Oil ’

 

Report Warns of Capex Crisis for Oil Majors

Crude oil prices tumbled this month on the heels of historically high U.S. oil production and a downwardly revised global energy demand outlook. The conventional economic wisdom is that the market requires high oil prices for inte...

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...

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...
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