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Petropolitics

OPEC Announces First Cut Since 2008: Implications for Prices, Credibility, and U.S. Shale

Lack of details announced alongside the new production cap reveals that many internal fissures persist. Those fissures didn't stop oil prices from rallying nearly 6 percent after the announcement. Read More

topics: Algiers, Doha, IEF, Oil Prices, Oil Supply, OPEC
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Energy Innovation

An Evolved Oil Market and New Vehicle Technologies Have Major Implications for Light Duty Fuel Economy

If it can be verified that the use of autonomous vehicles will improve overall fuel economy and reduce GHG emissions, the agencies should explore ways to maximize the benefits as soon as feasible. Read More

topics: autonomous vehicles, Electric Vehicles, EPA, Fuel Economy, NHTSA, Oil Consumption, Oil Demand, Oil Price Volatility, Oil Prices
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The Docket

Energy Issues on the Periphery of First Presidential Debate

With the country enjoying a period of energy abundance and low prices at the pump, voters aren’t as concerned about what’s happening in the global oil market. That showed in the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Read More

topics: Climate Policy, Donald Trump, Election 2016, Federal Regulations, Fracking, Hillary Clinton, Presidential Race
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Autonomous Vehicles

Chinese Bullish on Autonomous Vehicles, But Infrastructure and Regulations Are Big Obstacles

With autonomous cars, China has to deal with some of the same hurdles as the U.S., but so far surveys show a greater willingness among the public there to use the new technology. Read More

topics: Autonomous Vehicle Policy, autonomous vehicles, China, Ridesharing
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Oil and the Economy

SEC Investigation of ExxonMobil a Watershed Moment

Exxon has dismissed the probes of its accounting practices as unwarranted and politically motivated, but they could mark a watershed moment for the oil and gas industry. Read More

topics: Climate change, Divestment, Electric Vehicles, ExxonMobil, Oil and gas reserves, Oil Majors, Regulations, SEC, Upstream Investment
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Autonomous Vehicles

Who Benefits from NHTSA’s New Autonomous Vehicle Policy?

Industry and government often find themselves in a somewhat counterproductive relationship in which companies aggressively oppose regulations. However, given the newness and many uncertainties around driverless car technology, the need for policy at the federal level has become clear. Read More

topics: Autonomous Vehicle Policy, Autonomous Vehicle Policy Guidance, autonomous vehicles, General James Conway, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, NHTSA, safety
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Petropolitics

Traders Mixed on Outcome of Upcoming OPEC Meeting

OPEC, along with Russia, will take another stab at figuring out a strategy to support prices at an informal meeting in Algiers next week, and traders are split on what the outcome will be. Read More

topics: #OOTT, Iran, Low Oil Prices, OPEC, Saudi Arabia, Trading
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Autonomous Vehicles

Deloitte: Transition to Autonomy to Occur Quicker Than Expected in Urban Areas

Smartphones, cell phones, and the Internet aren’t perfect proxies for extrapolating penetration of autonomy, but they can provide a basis for discussion about what might happen with self-driving technology. Read More

topics: autonomous vehicle technology, autonomous vehicles, Deloitte, Shared Transportation, VMT
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Petropolitics

What Have We Learned About ISIS Oil?

Two years into strikes against the ISIS oil machine have yielded results, but the caliphate continues to draw revenue from other sources. Read More

topics: Analysis, Coalition Airstrikes, ISIS, ISIS Oil, oil, Oil Funded Terror, Oil Prices, Terror
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Energy Innovation

Vincentric’s Hybrid Vehicle Analysis Omits the Best Economic Opportunity: Commercial Trucks

A new study casts doubt on the savings provided by hybrid cars, but commercial trucks are a different story given the miles driven, longer service life, and lower base mpg. Read More

topics: Commercial Trucks, Hybrid Cars, Hybrid Drivetrains, Opinion, Vincentric, XL Hybrids
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Energy Innovation

Business Leaders Tout the Use of Natural Gas in the Transportation Sector

Experts say that relatively low prices for natural gas and high domestic production provide the right conditions to bring about a greater penetration of NGVs in the country’s automobile fleet. Read More

topics: autonomous vehicle technology, FedEx, Fred Smith, natural gas prices, Natural Gas Vehicles, Nitrogen oxide, T. Boone Pickens
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Autonomous Vehicles

Increased Worker Productivity One More Benefit of Autonomy

Many consumers, once they see the benefits of giving up the steering wheel, will embrace the extra time for themselves or for work. Autonomous vehicles have the potential to significantly increase productivity for Americans as they are on the road. Read More

topics: autonomous vehicle technology, autonomous vehicles, Congestion in America, MIT
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Energy Innovation

Chart of the Week: Global Oil Supply and Demand Balance, 2012-Present

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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Autonomous Vehicles

Michigan Autonomous Vehicle Law Shows Why Federal Leadership Is Needed

Although some states like Michigan have adopted policies to advance autonomous vehicles, it’s clear that a patchwork of regulations could emerge, reinforcing the need for leadership at the federal level. Read More

topics: Autonomous Vehicle Policy, autonomous vehicles, California, Google, Michigan, NHTSA
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Energy Innovation

Surge in EV Sales Bucks Cheap Gasoline, Broader Auto Industry Trends

Although gasoline prices remain low and total auto sales are down, consumers have significantly increased their purchases of electric vehicles this year. Read More

topics: Car Sales, Electric Vehicles, Gasoline Demand, Gasoline prices, OPEC
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Oil and the Economy

Oil and Gas Industry Dealing With an ‘Unprecedented’ Decline in Investment

Even as renewables are playing a larger and ever-expanding role in global electricity markets, oil still dominates the transportation sector and will continue to do so for some time, making today's upstream spending cuts worrisome. Read More

topics: Capex, Electricity Generation, International Energy Agency, Low Oil Prices, Renewables, Upstream Invesment
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Petropolitics

No, You Can’t Simply “Take the Oil”

The practical, legal, and moral hurdles involved in Trump's promise to "take the oil" then and now make his campaign promise laughable. Read More

topics: Donald Trump, Election Tracker, Energy, Energy Policy 2016, Foreign Policy, Iraq, ISIS, Military
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Autonomous Vehicles

Commission to Establish Best Practices for Testing and Deployment of Driverless Cars

An expert commission has been established by Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) that will recommend best practices for testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles. Read More

topics: Autonomous Vehicle Policy, autonomous vehicle technology, Securing America's Future Energy, Vehicle Safety
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Petropolitics

Ecuador Begins Rainforest Drilling in Effort to Avoid Venezuela's Fate

With the beginning of production, Ecuador has added 20,000 b/d to its output, with plans to raise this to 40,000 b/d by year-end, all at production costs said to be under $12 per barrel. Read More

topics: Ecuador, Oil Prices, Oil Production, OPEC, Venezuela, Yasuni-ITT
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Oil and the Economy

Emerging Shale Plays in Oklahoma Threatened By Earthquakes

While this past weekend’s earthquake in Oklahoma will not likely bring drilling to a halt, it could usher in a new era of heightened oversight on fracking in a state that has seen increasing investment from shale companies in recent years. Read More

topics: Earthquakes, Oklahoma, Regulations, Shale Oil Producers, Shale Oil Production