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Energy Innovation

Chart of the Week: Wide Spread in 2017 Oil Price Predictions

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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Petropolitics

Measuring the OPEC Cuts

There are already signs that OPEC is committed to following through with pledges, even if indicators are contradictory and vague at the moment. The oil market has stabilized in the low-to-mid $50s, indicating the group has indeed put a floor under prices for the time being. Read More

topics: Forward curve, Libya, Oil Prices, OPEC, Saudi Arabia
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Petropolitics

Numerous Signs Point to Iraq Detracting from OPEC Cuts

Despite Iraq's commitment to cutting total crude production, its exports are set to rise, and have already registered a sharp uptick to the United States. Read More

topics: Iraq, KRG, OPEC, U.S. crude imports
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Autonomous Vehicles

Transportation Pick Takes Positive Stance on Autonomous Vehicles

One of the biggest issues for the next Secretary of Transportation will be designing a flexible regulatory framework for autonomous vehicles in which the federal government leads while allowing both industry innovation. Read More

topics: Autonomous Vehicle Policy, autonomous vehicles, department of transportation, Elaine Chao
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Oil and the Economy

EIA Forecast Prompts More Confusion than Clarity

Critics of the EIA's long-term projections can cherry-pick through the different scenarios to justify almost any outlook that suits their bias. Read More

topics: EIA, Energy Security, Forecasts, Oil Demand Growth, Shale, Transportation Fuel Demand
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Energy Innovation

Why Fuel Efficiency Is Essential in Reducing Fuel Consumption

Fuel efficiency standards and the long-term saturation of VMT are key factors that could have a major impact on reducing foreign petroleum dependence in the transportation sector. Read More

topics: Fuel Efficiency, Transportation Fuel Demand, VMT
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Autonomous Vehicles

Report on AV Safety and Testing Provides Roadmap for Industry, Regulators

To help guide watchdogs, industry, and lawmakers in this key transition period, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) released its public policy recommendations for dealing with the rollout of AVs in an effort to build public confidence and design a flexible regulatory framework. Read More

topics: autonomous vehicles, Consumer Electronics Show, NHTSA, Securing America's Future Energy
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Oil and the Economy

The Race for Gas Accelerates in the Eastern Mediterranean

The Eastern Mediterranean has not seen dramatic development to date, but the scale of its reserves could be enormous and potentially alter the energy security and trade outlooks for the different countries in the area. Read More

topics: Eastern Mediterranean, Egypt, Energy Security, Eni, Israel, Lebanon, Natural Gas, Zohr gas field
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Petropolitics

Mexico Takes Positive Step by Nixing Fuel Subsidies, But Economic Pain Ensues

Low oil prices and soaring budget deficits have provided motivation for emerging markets to scrap the status quo with regards to fuel subsidies. Despite short-term pain from liberalizing prices, as seen currently in Mexico, longer-run benefits of curbing oil demand growth will emerge. Read More

topics: Fuel Subsidies, Gasoline Exports, Mexico, Non-Opec Supply, OPEC, Pemex
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Oil and the Economy

Is Oil Poised for a Bull Run in 2017?

OPEC has certainly put a floor under the market, but it’s not yet clear how high members can push prices. Oil may simply trade in a range of $45-$60, with shale capping prices on the upside and the cartel's production cuts limiting the downside. Read More

topics: Oil Prices, OPEC, Shale, Speculators
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Autonomous Vehicles

Legal Experts Disagree on Uber’s Actions in San Francisco

Uber seems to be avoiding compliance with laws for driverless vehicles in order to make a statement to California, and any other state that should follow its example with what the ride-hailing service believes are onerous laws. Read More

topics: Autonomous Vehicle Policy, California Department of Motor Vehicles, Driverless Cars, Uber
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Oil and the Economy

Buck McKeon on U.S. Energy and National Security Interests

Howard “Buck” McKeon is a two-term Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and current Chairman of the McKeon Group. He served as representative for California’s 25th District from 1993 to 2015. Earlier this month, he spoke to The Fuse about U.S. energy and national security, and the interplay between the two. Read More

topics: Buck McKeon, China, Energy Security, ISIS, Military
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Oil and the Economy

The Fuse: The Top Ten Stories of 2016

In this past year, news surrounding energy security occurred at a dizzying pace, with the 2016 presidential election, major shifts in transportation amid the growth of autonomous vehicles, and OPEC cutting production the major highlights. We’ve covered these topics and more in a variety of stories, infographics, and videos. Here are 10 standout pieces. Read More

topics: autonomous vehicles, Barack Obama, Ecuador, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Oil Markets, OPEC, Suez Canal
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Oil and the Economy

Can Shale Undercut the OPEC-Fueled Price Rally? 

U.S. independent shale companies are starting to step up their spending plans, eyeing a swift return to the shale patch as oil prices rise. Many have revised their capex upward, added rigs, and hedged production forward. Read More

topics: bakken, Capex, Chesapeake, Goldman Sachs, Low Oil Prices, OPEC, Permian, Shale
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Autonomous Vehicles

2016, the Year Autonomous Vehicles Took Off

Critics may argue that the self-driving car phenomenon is premature, but as choices for drivers and commuters grow, attitudes will eventually shift, particularly with new technology expected to ease congestion, boost efficiency, and reduce traffic accidents. Read More

topics: autonomous vehicles, Michigan, NHTSA, Otto, Ride Hailing, Ridesharing, Tesla, Uber
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Petropolitics

Despite OPEC Rhetoric, Supply Cuts Not Beneficial for Consumers

In just the past two weeks since OPEC announced it plans to cut output, the cartel has significantly altered market sentiment and shifted the oil market outlook for next year. Read More

topics: Low Oil Prices, Mohammad Barkindo, Non-Opec Supply, Oil Price Volatility, OPEC, Saudi Arabia, Shale
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Oil and the Economy

Pipeline Companies See Hostile Environment

The future for pipeline companies could be mixed. A friendlier environment from the federal government is a boon, but a potential minefield of local opposition will also block construction. Read More

topics: Diamond Pipeline, Energy Infrastructure, Kinder Morgan, Pipelines, Plains All American
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Oil and the Economy

The Empire Strikes Back: It's Way Too Soon To Write Oil's Obituary

The past two years have reminded many observers that black gold is tough to beat, no matter what commitments countries make, and that countries like China still have a lot of room to grow. Read More

topics: China, EIA, IEA, oil, Oil Demand, Oil Prices, OPEC
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Petropolitics

How Will Indonesia’s Oil Industry Fare After OPEC Suspension?

Even though Indonesia returned to the OPEC cartel for just one year, the country was able to strategically make its membership work to its advantage by securing large investments in its upstream resources after struggling to do so for some time. Read More

topics: Indonesia, International oil companies, Investment, OPEC
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Autonomous Vehicles

Autonomous Vehicles: Boom or Bust for U.S. Jobs and Economic Growth?

There’s a natural paradox when it comes to innovation—it often brings unexpected benefits to society, but it can also cause disruptions and upheavals, creating particular risks in the labor market. Experts discuss the risks and rewards of autonomous vehicles on the country's economy. Read More

topics: Autonomous Vehicle Policy, autonomous vehicles, Brookings, Ridesharing, Transportation, Uber