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The Docket

Trump Lays Out His Energy Philosophy – ‘Open It Up’

Trump threw his full support behind fracking and said that if the U.S. were to ban it, the country would be “back into the Middle East begging for oil again.” Read More

topics: bakken, Donald Trump, Election Tracker, Energy Policy, Energy Policy 2016, OPEC, Shale, Willison
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Energy Innovation

Chart of the Week: Hybrid and Plug-In Electric Vehicle Sales from Year of Introduction

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

Oil Major Debt at Record Level as Companies Refuse to Cut Dividends

The oil majors are living off of yesterday’s discoveries, and choosing to pay shareholders at the expense of future growth. Read More

topics: BP, Corporate Finance, Debt, Dividends, Earnings, Eni, ExxonMobil, oil, Oil Majors, Oil Prices, Shell
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Petropolitics

OPEC Meeting Unlikely to Lead to Change in Strategy, But Cartel Is Not ‘Dead’

Although OPEC is not taking action to shore up prices in the current environment, the situation is likely to be more in OPEC’s favor in the medium to long term. Conditions will change to give it more market share and influence over prices in the coming decades. Read More

topics: Crude inventories, EIA, IEA, Iran, Oil Prices, Oil Production, OPEC, Saudi Arabia, Shale Oil
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Oil and the Economy

EPA Targets Methane in New Regulations

Even though the Obama Administration announced methane regulations that were more biting than expected on existing wells, the real story is pending regulations on existing installations, and if the next administration will uphold them. Read More

topics: Clean Power Plan, EIA, EPA, Methane, Methane Regulations
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Oil and the Economy

India Now the Main Engine of Global Oil Demand Growth

With China's economy slowing, India has stepped up as the world's main center of oil demand growth. This means its thirst for crude oil imports will continue to grow. Read More

topics: China, Crude Oil Imports, Global Oil Demand, India, Low Oil Prices, Refining
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Petropolitics

Oil, Money, and Terror: Interview with Thomas Sanderson of CSIS

Oil revenues and terror funding have a long history. The Fuse speaks with Thomas Sanderson, Director of the Transnational Threats Project at CSIS, on how oil revenues make their way to terrorist groups, and which countries are responsible. Read More

topics: CSIS, Geopolitics, Iran, ISIS, Kuwait, oil, Oil Revenues, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Shia, Sunni, Terror, Terror Financing, Terror Funding, Thomas Sanderson, UAE
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Energy Innovation

Business Executives, Former Military Leaders Call for Bold Actions to Reduce Oil Dependence

Business executives and former military leaders launched recommendations this week for reducing dependence on oil and fostering the development of technological advancement in the transportation sector. Read More

topics: autonomous vehicles, CAFE Standards, FedEx, oil, Oil Dependence, Securing America's Future Energy
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Energy Innovation

Tony Posawatz on the Past and Future of Electric Vehicles

Tony Posawatz, longtime EV advocate and industry veteran, discusses why autonomous electric vehicles are the future, and what policymakers can do to expedite their adoption. Read More

topics: Electric Vehicles, GM, Innovation Revolution, Tony Posawatz
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Energy Innovation

Innovation Revolution: XL Hybrids Leads Electrification of Class 2 and 4 Trucks

Tod Hynes, the CEO of XL Hybrids, explains why the company is making hybrid trucks easy and affordable for large truck fleets, and the company's success in developing an advanced hybrid powertrain that is now leading in certain classes of delivery trucks. Read More

topics: Electrifcation, hybrid vehicles, Innovation Revolution, Tod Hynes, Video, XL Hybrids
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Energy Innovation

Innovation Revolution: Joseph Kopser of moovel on the Next Era of Urban Mobility

As a veteran who served in the War in Iraq, Joseph Kopser, the President of moovel group, has seen what happens when energy policy and national security priorities are not aligned. moovel group is creating a suite of solutions to modernize transit access and create seamless transportation access around the country. Read More

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Autonomous Vehicles

Innovation Revolution: Henry Claypool on Autonomous Vehicles and Americans with Disabilities

Of all those who stand to benefit from driverless cars, few have more to gain than those with disabilities. Henry Claypool, a longtime advocate for those with restricted mobility, discusses how requiring a licensed driver to operate an autonomous vehicle will prevent the disabled from benefiting from this technology, and what policymakers can do to help. Read More

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Autonomous Vehicles

Innovation Revolution: Avery Ash of AAA on Smart Regulations for Autonomous Vehicles

Avery Ash, Director of Federal Relations for the American Automobile Association, speaks to The Fuse about the safety benefits of driverless cars, and the importance of avoiding a messy patchwork of overlapping state-by-state regulations that would stymie innovation in the transportation sector. Read More

topics: A National Strategy for Energy Security, AAA, autonomous vehicles, Avery Ash, Driverless Cars, Energy Innovation, Federal Regulations, Policy Recommendations
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Autonomous Vehicles

Innovation Revolution: How to Advance the Next Generation of Transportation Technology

In SAFE’s view, not only will the car of the future not run on oil, it will likely be shared, autonomous, incredibly safe, highly efficient, and better in almost every way than our current transportation system—a vision that the private sector is striving to achieve, but will only be possible with the cooperation of policymakers. Read More

topics: A National Strategy for Energy Security, Alternative Fuel Vehicles, autonomous vehicles, Fuel Economy Standards, Innovation Revolution, Policy Recommendations, Vehicle Safety
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Oil and the Economy

Opening Federal Lands to Drilling to Bolster Energy Security

In order to achieve greater energy security, it’s important that the country prioritizes its potential in tapping all of its natural resources, particularly with crude output gains stalling with oil prices being so low. Read More

topics: Arctic, Arctic Drilling, Deepwater Horizon, Energy Security, Federal Lands, Outer Continental Shelf
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Autonomous Vehicles

Innovation Revolution: moovel’s Mobility Solutions Merge Transportation and Tech

moovel is a payment app that helps users avoid the frustrations of tracking and paying for each individual transit system, and combines many systems into one ticket. Read More

topics: Car2Go, Innovation Revolution, Mobility, Moovel, Ridesharing, RideTap, Technology, Uber, Urban Transit
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Oil and the Economy

EIA’s Projections for US Oil Market to Face Skepticism

The latest long-term projections from the EIA regarding the U.S. oil market are certainly plausible, but they will likely face a lot of skepticism because of how both supply and demand have reacted in the current low oil price environment. Read More

topics: EIA, Energy Security, Gasoline Demand, Low Oil Prices, Oil Demand, Oil Production, Shale Oil, Shale Oil Production
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Autonomous Vehicles

Innovation Revolution: Peloton Technology's Platooning Trucks Improve Safety and Save Fuel

California based startup Peloton Technology has found a straightforward application of early autonomous technology to create dramatic fuel savings for a thirsty trucking industry. Read More

topics: Drag, Fuel Efficiency, Innovation, Innovation Revolution, Peloton, Peloton Technology, Startups, Trucking Industry, Video
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Oil and the Economy

Oil Market Confusion Creates Potential for Another Dramatic Correction

Widespread hedging among U.S. producers and OPEC increasing its volumes even as some members deal with unexpected supply cuts have the potential to cap prices, or possibly bring about another leg downward. Read More

topics: Brent futures, DUCs, Iran, Libya, Nigeria, NYMEX, Oil Markets, Oil Prices, OPEC, Saudi Arabia, Shale, Speculators
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Autonomous Vehicles

Believe the Hype: Vehicle Safety to Improve Greatly With Autonomous Features

Although vehicle safety has improved a good bit over the decades, there are still too many accidents, most of which are caused by human error. But autonomous technology is set to be so disruptive that it will take the driver out of the equation and redefine mobility and safety. Read More

topics: autonomous vehicle technology, autonomous vehicles, Boston Consulting Group, Deloitte, NHTSA, Vehicle Safety