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Uncategorized

Turkey’s Crisis and the Threat to The Oil Market

The deeper risk from Turkey's economic crisis is if the contagion spreads as major banks are exposed to souring emerging market assets, or because businesses and even entire governments struggle to pay back the mounting debt denominated in U.S. dollars. Read More

topics: Economic Growth, Emerging Markets, Oil Demand, Oil Prices, Turkey
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Energy Innovation

U.S. Electric Vehicle Sales Near 1 Million Units

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 and Gas Industry Caught Up In U.S.-China Trade War

China hasn't included crude oil on a list of tarifed products, but that does not mean that the energy trade will emerge from the escalating trade war unscathed. Already, the trade spat has disrupted the flow of energy between the two countries. Read More

topics: China, Crude Oil, Energy Prices, LNG, Oil and Gas, Trade, United States
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Oil and the Economy

Petrochemicals: The Future of Oil Demand Growth

Oil majors and NOCs turn to petrochemicals as a safe bet in a potentially decarbonizing world. Read More

topics: oil, Oil Demand, Oil Demand Growth, Petrochemical, Plastics
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Autonomous Vehicles

NYC’s Battle with Uber and Lyft Could Hurt Middle Income Riders

New York is considering measures that would block TNCs from adding new drivers. According to Lyft, 25 percent of drivers leave the network every year, which could leave the TNCs unable to meet demand if the cap is implemented. Read More

topics: Lyft, New York City, research, Ridesharing, Taxi, TNCs, Transportation Policy, Uber
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Oil and the Economy

Big Oil's Best Quarter in Years

Higher oil prices and surging profits in the second quarter are giving them a lot more leeway, definitively putting an end to years of austerity. Read More

topics: Earnings, oil, Oil Majors, Oil Prices
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Energy Innovation

Examining the Proposed Fuel Economy Rule on Safety, Vehicle Prices, and Oil Demand Implications

NHTSA and EPA's own analysis has found that lightweighting, when done properly, poses no overall increased risk to highway safety. In recent years, record U.S. auto sales have coincided with significant fuel efficiency gains. Read More

topics: CAFE Standards, Economic Competitiveness, EPA, Fuel Economy, Gasoline Consumption, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, NPRM, Oil Demand, Oil Prices
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Petropolitics

Iraqi Oil After the May Elections

The unexpected outcome of Iraq's recent parliamentary elections has sweeping implications for the country's agreements with international oil companies and OPEC. Read More

topics: Iraq, ISIS, Kurdistan, MENA, Middle East, OPEC
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Oil and the Economy

Analyst Fears of Supply Gap Collide with Pending Rulemaking on Fuel Economy

Assuming that oil prices will remain low through 2050 is not consistent with current market dynamics or historical precedent. Read More

topics: DOT, EPA, Fuel Economy, Oil Prices, Oil Supply
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Energy Innovation

Scoot CEO: Electric Mobility Services Will Be “Mass Transit of the 21st Century”

Electric scooters tap into the pent-up demand for urban mobility without the physical exertion of traditional bicycles or the expense and inconvenience of driving in a congested city. Read More

topics: Last Mile, Lyft, Scoot, Transit, Uber, Urban Mobility
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Autonomous Vehicles

Autonomous Driving Takes Power. Will That Matter for Electrification?

New research shows that the energy demands of driverless computing draw less power from the vehicle than expected. Other factors such as efficiency improvements, flexibility for fleet operators, and the advantages of the electric drivetrain mean that power demand is a nuisance, but far from a dealbreaker, for an electrified autonomous future. Read More

topics: autonomous vehicles, Computer Power, Electric Vehicles, Energy Efficiency, EV-AV, Fleet Operators, Power Demand
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Oil and the Economy

As Shale Hits Roadblock, International Drilling Rebounds

For the first time since the price collapse, international drilling is finally picking up at a time when the blistering growth of U.S. shale is set to take a breather because of pipeline constraints. Read More

topics: IEA, Shale, U.S. Production, Upstream Investment
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Petropolitics

Supply Shortfalls are a Moving Target for OPEC

Compensating for supply shortfalls from Venezuela, Libya, and Iran may prove a challenging task for OPEC in the months to come. Read More

topics: Donald Trump, Iran, Libya, Oil Prices, OPEC, Sanctions, Venezuela
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Autonomous Vehicles

Correcting Common Misconceptions about the AV START Act

Blocking the AV START Act is worse than simply accepting the status quo—it's a failure to create a stable regulatory framework for a technology that will change how we live and work, undermining safety and consumer protection while ceding technological leadership. Read More

topics: AV START, Driverless Cars, Federal Regulation, FMVSS, NHTSA, Public Policy, Vehicle Safety
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Oil and the Economy

Goldman Sachs Outlines Key Factors Driving Oil Market Volatility Through 2018

From the SPR and OPEC to the trade war with China, oil traders face myriad uncertainties through the end of the year. Read More

topics: Goldman Sachs, Oil Prices, OPEC
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Petropolitics

Iran & Russia’s Zombie Oil Deal Won’t Die

Iran and Russia's scaled-down agreement faces long odds, but isn't dead yet. Read More

topics: Iran, JCPOA, oil, Oil for Goods, Russia, Sanctions
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Oil and the Economy

Keep the Car Running: Transportation Costs Hit Indie Musicians

Artists may suffer a number of setbacks as a result of rising fuel prices, particularly independent musicians whose livelihoods are made on the road. Read More

topics: Arcade Fire, Gasoline prices, Indie musicians, Parking, The War on Drugs, Transportation costs
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Energy Innovation

EPRI's Dan Bowermaster on EV Adoption and the Importance of Alternative Fuels

Dan Bowermaster is a program manager for Electric Transportation with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). He speaks to The Fuse about EPRI, electrical vehicle adoption, and misconceptions about EVs. Read More

topics: Electric Vehicles, Electric Vehicles. Climate Change, EPRI
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Autonomous Vehicles

Uber EV Incentive Program: A Welcome Start

Uber’s new initiative is a large step toward increasing the number of EVs in its overall vehicle fleet, reinforcing the belief that TNCs will catalyze the transition to advanced fuels. Read More

topics: Electric Vehicles, Ride Hailing, Shared Transportation, Uber
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Oil and the Economy

Battle Between Ethanol and Refiners Reaches Stalemate

The current zero-sum battle between corn states and the biofuels industry and oil refiners is not new, but it has exploded into a fierce fight over the past year as the EPA cracked open the door to a weakening of the RFS. Read More

topics: ethanol, Refiners, RFS