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Autonomous Vehicles

Report Provides Comprehensive View on the Cost and Benefits of Self-Driving Technologies

A new report estimates that autonomous vehicles will add between $3 to $6 trillion in cumulative consumer and societal benefits to the U.S. economy by 2050. Read More

topics: Autonomous Vehicle Policy, autonomous vehicles, Securing America's Future Energy
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Oil and the Economy

Permian Bottlenecks, Labor Constraints Force Shale Companies to Look Elsewhere

With the Permian possibly falling short of expectations, the U.S. shale boom may not be the panacea to keep prices relatively low at a time OPEC is restraining supply and geopolitical risks threaten more supply disruptions. Read More

topics: OPEC, Permian, Pipeline Infrastructure, Shale, Shale investors
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Petropolitics

OPEC Mulls Output Increase, Prices Could Swing Either Way in Response

OPEC members are split over whether to change strategy, as global oil markets are trading just under $80 per barrel and consuming countries are pressuring producers to increase output. Read More

topics: Iraq, Oil Markets, OPEC, Russia, Saudi Arabia
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Energy Innovation

Public Charging Infrastructure Network Developing as States, Utilities Take Initiative

With EV sales continuing to rise and more fleet operators seeing the economic benefits of electrification, governments are increasing their public charging infrastructure investments. Read More

topics: autonomous vehicles, California, Charging Infrastructure, EV Charging
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Energy Innovation

Chart of the Week: Light Truck Sales Continue to Accelerate

Stay on top of the latest developments in oil markets, geopolitical risk, and alternative fuel vehicles with the SAFE policy team's Chart of the Week. Read More

topics: Capital expenditures, Gasoline, Household Spending, Iran, oil, Oil Price Volatility, Oil Prices, Oil Production, Saudi Arabia, Upstream Investment
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Oil and the Economy

China Races for Arctic Dominance

Unrestricted access to Arctic sea routes will further link China’s developing economy with some of the world's most advanced markets, including the United States, Canada, and Norway. Read More

topics: Arctic, China, Oil Trade Flows, Russia
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Oil and the Economy

Oil Industry Cautious Ahead of Mexican Presidential Election

The frontrunner in Mexico's upcoming election, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, fervently opposed the historic energy reforms when they were passed several years ago. Read More

topics: Gasoline Exports, Mexico, Pemex
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Autonomous Vehicles

SAFE to Release Groundbreaking Study on Autonomous Vehicles and the Labor Force

A new report from SAFE estimates that total annual benefits of autonomous vehicles could possibly reach as high as $800 billion by 2050. Read More

topics: autonomous vehicles, Dennis Blair, Employment, JD Vance, Securing America's Future Energy
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Energy Innovation

The Differences Between Ride-Sharing and Traditional Taxis

A new business structure enhances the ability of ride-hailing drivers to offer lower prices, attract more riders, reduce empty-vehicle driving time, and enhance utilization. Read More

topics: Mobility, Ride Hailing, Ridesharing, Taxis, Transportation Solutions, Uber
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Oil and the Economy

U.S. Gasoline Spending on Pace to Surpass 2014 Levels

Consumers will spend more than $400 billion on motor fuel by the end of September on an annualized basis, up 36 percent from two years ago. Read More

topics: Gasoline Demand, Gasoline expenditures, Gasoline prices, U.S. Economy
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Petropolitics

OPEC’s Relevance Grows Despite Shale

In today's global oil market, price movements, in either direction, are largely dependent on OPEC's actions and verbal intervention. Current political and market dynamics make it clear that shale was never a panacea. Read More

topics: Oil Prices, OPEC, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Shale, The Vienna Group
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Energy Innovation

Global Automakers Face New Challenges With China’s Electric Vehicle Mandate

The mix of support for domestic industrial policy and local infighting poses a threat to international automakers in China's market. Read More

topics: China, Electric Vehicle Sales, Electric Vehicles
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Energy Innovation

Emerging Technologies: Renewable Propulsion for Marine Transportation

Looming IMO regulations, as well as the perpetual precariousness of relying on petroleum for marine transportation in a volatile world market, have prompted shipping fleets to take a fresh look at renewable-powered propulsion. Read More

topics: bunker fuels, Diesel, Global Oil Demand, International Maritime Organization, LNG, Renewable Energy
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Oil and the Economy

Worker Protests in Brazil Threaten Oil Sector

Higher diesel prices in Brazil have led to nationwide protests and have become a major political issue ahead of this year's presidential election. Read More

topics: Brazil, Diesel, Non-Opec Supply, Petrobras
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Energy Innovation

Report: Electrification in Trucking Sector to Grow Quickly

Battery electric trucks are not the choice for every application and market, but they will likely have an increasing role in the commercial vehicle market and in freight transportation in the coming decades. Read More

topics: Diesel demand, Electric Trucks, electrification, FedEx, Trucking
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Oil and the Economy

Higher LNG Prices Spur Interest in New Export Projects

Rising imports from China are helping to reduce the large surplus of supply, and LNG prices are rising again, marking an end to a several-year downturn in the market. Read More

topics: Cheniere, China, LNG, LNG Markets, US LNG exports
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Energy Innovation

Sharing Economy, Part 3: How Do Smartphones Unlock Ride-Hailing?

Smartphones interact with the other pillars of the sharing economy—excess capacity and urbanism—to facilitate the use of ride-sharing and other services in cities. Read More

topics: Ride Hailing, Ridesharing, Sharing Economy, Uber, Urban Mobility
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Oil and the Economy

U.S. Consumers Grapple With High Gasoline Prices Heading Into Summer Driving Season

American consumers plan to change their driving habits throughout the summer due to increased gasoline prices. Read More

topics: Fuel Economy, Gasoline prices, OPEC, Shale
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Energy Innovation

Venture Capitalists Pour Money Into Urban Mobility to Solve ‘Last-Mile’ Issue

With the “last-mile” problem having vexed urban dwellers for decades, venture capitalists are seizing the opportunity to fund projects that could fill in gaps that public transit cannot meet. Read More

topics: Bikesharing, Car2Go, Electric bikes, Electric scooters, Sharing Economy
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Oil and the Economy

Crosspost: Fuel Economy Decision Takes Center Stage as Prices Rise

Iran and the status of international sanctions on the country’s oil exports are one of the clearest indicators of the intrinsic links between U.S. oil dependence and foreign policy. Read More

topics: CAFE Standards, Donald Trump, Gasoline prices, Iran Sanctions, OPEC