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Petropolitics

Venezuela and Ecuador Increasingly Desperate to Restructure Oil for Loans Deals with China

Low oil prices are impacting Chinese oil for loans deals, forcing Venezuela and Ecuador to ask for restructured agreements as they remain mired in debt and strapped for cash. Read More

topics: China, Chinese Development Bank, Debt, Ecuador, Nicolas Maduro, oil, Oil for Loans, OPEC, Venezuela
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Petropolitics

OPEC Rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran Plan to Quit Oil Addictions

Although bitter rivals on the international stage, Saudi Arabia and Iran are advancing similar plans to diversify their economies away from oil, and reduce waste. Read More

topics: Diversification, Iran, Oil Production, Oil Revenues, OPEC, Saudi Arabia, Saudi Vision 2030
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Outside the Beltway

Video: T. Boone Pickens Interviews Walter Isaacson of the Aspen Institute

The way news and information is shared has changed the way we relate to each other. T. Boone Pickens sits down with Walter Isaacson of the Aspen Institute to discuss how ideas move through society. Read More

topics: Aspen Institute, Interviews, T. Boone Pickens, Video, Walter Isaacson
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Oil and the Economy

LNG and Propane Trade to Gain from Panama Canal Expansion, Crude Not So Much

While crude and products will see only modest changes from the expansion of the Panama Canal, the effects for LNG and propane will be much greater. The U.S. LNG industry will now have access to a transit route that can accommodate larger tankers at a time the industry is primed to export volumes to Asia. Read More

topics: Asia, Latin America, LNG, LNG Exports, Panama Canal, Propane, Refined product exports
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Energy Innovation

Chart of the Week: Changes in Global Crude Oil Supply and Demand

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

Columbus, Ohio Announced as Winner of DOT’s Smart City Challenge

As winner, Columbus will focus on applying a state-of-the-art transportation system towards driving employment and economic growth, while accelerating adoption of electric and autonomous vehicles. Read More

topics: autonomous vehicles, department of transportation, DOT, Electric Vehicles, Future of Mobility, Smart City Challenge, Transportation, Urban Mobility, Vulcan Philanthropy
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Energy Innovation

Is Woodmac Too Optimistic About Electric Vehicles?

Consultancy Wood Mackenzie says EVs could slice gasoline demand by as much as 20 percent by 2035. Highly optimistic forecasts of EV market penetration have drawn scrutiny in the past, so it’s worth considering, what, if anything, has changed to put Woodmac’s projections closer to reality. Read More

topics: A National Strategy for Energy Security, Electric Vehicles, Gasoline Demand, Wood Mackenzie
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Oil and the Economy

Princeton's Meg Jacobs on the 1970s Energy Crisis and Her Book 'Panic at the Pump'

Meg Jacobs, a Research Scholar in the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, spoke with The Fuse about her new book, "Panic at the Pump," which explores why the U.S. government has failed to put together long-term energy solutions. Read More

topics: 1973 OPEC oil embargo, Crude Oil Imports, Energy Security, Jimmy Carter, Meg Jacobs, Oil Dependence, OPEC, Richard Nixon
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Autonomous Vehicles

Tech Expert Adam Thierer on Liability and Autonomous Vehicles

Autonomous vehicles have enormous potential benefits for society, particularly with regards to safety, but one major question is who will be legally responsible when there is an accident. Tech expert Adam Thierer talks to The Fuse about this issue. Read More

topics: Adam Thierer, autonomous vehicle technology, autonomous vehicles, Congress, Google, liability, Uber
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Outside the Beltway

Smart City Challenge Finalists Make Their Cases to Department of Transportation

The winners of the Smart City Challenge, which will be announced later this month, will go a long way in coming up with solutions to the many transportation challenges ahead. Read More

topics: Austin, Columbus, Denver, department of transportation, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Francisco, Smart City Challenge, Vulcan Inc.
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Autonomous Vehicles

Cross Post: Autonomous, 3D Bus Gives Rides in Washington, DC

Local Motors, the Arizona-based automaker that crowdsources vehicle design, has introduced a 3D-printed, autonomous, electric shuttle bus that is partially recyclable. Local Motors says that it's the first vehicle to use IBM Watson’s car-focused cognitive learning platform, Watson Internet of Things (IoT) for Automotive. Read More

topics: autonomous vehicle technology, autonomous vehicles, Crowdsourcing, DC, Local Motors, Washington
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Petropolitics

Saudis Hold Steady in Upstream Investment While Others Slash Spending

Lost in the talk about the decrease in upstream spending is how Middle East producers, most notably Saudi Arabia, have not cut back in investment, setting the stage for them to see sharp gains in market share when tighter fundamentals are realized. Read More

topics: Low Oil Prices, OPEC, Saudi Arabia, Shale, Upstream Investment, Wood Mackenzie
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Petropolitics

General James Conway and T. Boone Pickens on Energy and National Security

Retired four-star General James Conway talks to Boone Pickens about combating ISIS, Saudi oil policy, and the connection between energy and national security. Read More

topics: Energy Policy, Energy Security, ISIS, National Security, Saudi America
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Oil and the Economy

U.S. Shale Not Likely to Spring Back to Life With Oil at $50

Despite oil prices returning to the $50 level, expectations of a sudden surge of new oil production in the U.S. are unfounded. Read More

topics: Drilling, DUCs, Low Oil Prices, Shale Oil, Shale Oil Production
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Autonomous Vehicles

Autonomous Vehicles to Bring Sweeping Energy, Environmental Impacts

Three “synergistic technological developments”—the rise of autonomous cars, the popularity of ride-sharing services, and the electrification of the car fleet—will have enormous implications for fuel demand, perhaps slicing it by as much as 50 percent. Read More

topics: A National Strategy for Energy Security, autonomous vehicle technology, autonomous vehicles, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Gasoline Demand, Levi Tillemann, Oil Demand, Uber
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Oil and the Economy

IEA's Laszlo Varro on LNG Oversupply, Changes in Gazprom's Leverage, and the Outlook for Global Shale

What's next for the future of natural gas markets? IEA's Chief Economist Laszlo Varro offers his perspective on energy geopolitics, competition between LNG and renewables, and more. Read More

topics: Argentina, China, Global Shale, Golden Age of Gas, IEA, International Energy Agency, Interviews, Laszlo Varro, LNG, LNG Oversupply
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Oil and the Economy

Explosion in Gasoline Demand to Have Negative Long-Term Consequences

With global GDP growth having fallen by .3 percentage points last year, it’s clear that low oil prices, which were sustained throughout all of 2015, were the main factor behind the rise in gasoline consumption, the largest growth in 35 years. Read More

topics: A National Strategy for Energy Security, BP Statistical Review, Gasoline Demand, Low Oil Prices, OPEC, VMT
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Petropolitics

T. Boone Pickens and General David Petraeus on the State of the Middle East Today

General Petraeus: We have a vital national interest in maintaining our relationships with the Middle East countries and to ensure the free flow of energy to nations around the world. Read More

topics: General David Petraeus, ISIS, Islamic Extremism, Pickens Plan, T. Boone Pickens, The Surge
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Oil and the Economy

Low Oil Prices Spurring Positive Energy Security Developments in Americas, But Risks Loom

Weak oil and gas prices have been a boon for consumers and have fostered overdue reforms in producer countries in the Americas, but reduced investment on the supply side and the economic meltdown in Venezuela raise a number of open-ended questions about regional stability and security going forward. Read More

topics: Amos Hochstein, Energy Security, Low Oil Prices, Petrocaribe, Shale Oil, Supply outages, Venezuela
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Oil and the Economy

Global Natural Gas Markets to Remain Oversupplied Through the Rest of the Decade

Natural gas markets have not lived up to the expectations in the intervening years since the International Energy Agency originally speculated about a potential golden age for gas. Read More

topics: Asian LNG Markets, IEA, LNG, LNG Oversupply, LNG Prices, Natural Gas