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Autonomous Vehicles

House Panel Highlights the Need for Greater Consumer Education on AV Capabilities, and for a National Regulatory Framework

Both lawmakers and witnesses at a House hearing noted that the transition period to full autonomy holds significant challenges, including integration of semi-autonomous features into the vehicle fleet. Read More

topics: Autonomous Vehicle Policy, autonomous vehicle technology, Congress, NHTSA, Uber
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Oil and the Economy

New Shetland Islands Oil Discovery to Revive the North Sea?

The North Sea has struggled to compete against cheap oil in the Middle East, lower risk and short-cycle U.S. shale, and even expensive offshore oil fields in relatively less explored places like South America, West Africa or the Eastern Mediterranean. Read More

topics: BP, Hurricane Energy, North Sea
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Petropolitics

OPEC’s Conundrum Continues

The market’s initial reaction on Monday and its losses of about $7 since the beginning of March indicate that OPEC members can’t use verbal intervention to lift prices as easily as they did last year. Read More

topics: EIA, Goldman Sachs, JBC Energy, OPEC, Shale
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Petropolitics

A Constitutional Appointment: Isabel dos Santos and the Battle for Angola’s Oil

The myriad issues that Angola is struggling with right now, including declining production and weak prices, reflect the challenges ahead for Isabel dos Santos and the country’s oil industry. Read More

topics: Angola, Nigeria, OPEC, petro-states
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Autonomous Vehicles

Evangelos Simoudis on Big Data and Job Potential in an Autonomous Future

Evangelos Simoudis of Synapse Partners in Silicon Valley speaks to The Fuse about how the transition to on-demand mobility will create a new value chain that produces jobs. Read More

topics: Autonomous Vehicle Policy, autonomous vehicles, Big Data, Evangelos Simoudis, Future Mobility, Uber
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Oil and the Economy

Exxon to Open Up New Frontier in Guyana Despite Geopolitical Friction

Even as ExxonMobil sharply increases spending on shale this year, it has also prioritized one major project in particular—a drilling prospect off the coast of Guyana. Read More

topics: ExxonMobil, Guyana, Hess, Venezuela
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Petropolitics

OPEC Market Share Battle Moves Downstream

Sharp growth in the downstream sector could simply shift the gigantic surplus of crude to the refined products market, undermining profit margins in all regions. Read More

topics: Aramco, Kuwait, Nigeria, OPEC, Refined products, Refining
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Oil and the Economy

The Oil Market’s March Madness

Despite shale’s resurgence, there are questions about how healthy the U.S. E&P sector is in light of higher price levels since November of last year. Read More

topics: Khalid al-Falih, OPEC, Saudi Arabia, Shale
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Autonomous Vehicles

INRIX: Cities With Shorter Trips Poised to Benefit First from AVs

By looking at trip, parking, and demographic data, cities can mark deployment areas where autonomous vehicles will be immediately effective and can push for them to operate in those sections first. Read More

topics: Autonomous cars, Autonomous Vehicle Policy, INRIX
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The Docket

Crosspost: How Volkswagen Is Shaping America’s Energy Future

T. Boone Pickens explains why Volkswagen's settlement with the Justice Department can help move U.S. energy security in the right direction. Read More

topics: Energy Security, Natural Gas Vehicles, T. Boone Pickens, Volkswagen
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Autonomous Vehicles

A Midterm Evaluation Is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Experts: In the chicken-or-the-egg conundrum between EVs and charging infrastructure, autonomous vehicles are the "rooster." Can regulators keep up? Read More

topics: autonomous vehicles, CERAWeek, Electric Vehicles, Fuel Economy, IHS, Roosters
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Energy Innovation

Chart of the Week: U.S. Plug-in Electric Vehicle Sales, 2011-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

EPA Puts Fuel Economy Review Back on Original Timetable

The Mid-term Evaluation for fuel economy standards opens the door to including new vehicle technology, such as autonomy, in federal regulations, a development that could lead to even greater efficiency in the longer term. Read More

topics: autonomous technology, CAFE Standards, Donald Trump, EPA, NHTSA
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Petropolitics

OPEC Cuts, Higher Prices Will Not Be Enough to Revive Algeria’s Energy Sector

Algeria's president has called for the country to combat the “hegemony of fuel” in light of recent economic devastation. Read More

topics: Algeria, ExxonMobil, Fuel Subsidies, Low Oil Prices, OPEC
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Oil and the Economy

CERAWeek: A Short List of Contradictions

Although the world is still in the midst of a seemingly perpetual glut, does a supply gap loom? Is peak oil demand imminent? Why is OPEC praising shale and meeting with hedge funds? Read More

topics: autonomous vehicles, CERAWeek, Harold Hamm, Hedge funds, OPEC, Peak Demand, Saudi Arabia, Shale
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Petropolitics

A Kingpin’s View of OPEC Compliance

Between now and OPEC's next meeting in May, much more must be done in order to make sure the cuts are fairly distributed, slackers come around, and non-OPEC members stick to the deal. Read More

topics: Iraq, OPEC, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela
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Petropolitics

Will OPEC’s Production Cut Delay the Neutral Zone’s Return?

If there is an extension of the OPEC cut in May, then a re-start date for the Neutral Zone would likely be pushed to Q4 2017 or into 2018 as a result of a lack of short-term benefits for Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Read More

topics: Kuwait, OPEC, Saudi Arabia
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Oil and the Economy

Beyond Shale & OPEC: Canada, Brazil to Add New Supply This Year

While growth in shale has garnered a lot of attention, overlooked is the fact that Canada and Brazil are expected to add a combined 2 mbd over the next five years. Read More

topics: Brazil, Canada, IEA, Oil sands, Petrobras, Pre-Salt Oil
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Oil and the Economy

U.S. Oil Sector Back from ‘Brink of Extinction,' Total Boosts Investment

The U.S. oil and gas sector is very upbeat with prices above $50 per barrel, but one CEO warns that the industry must manage its growth or the market could collapse again. Read More

topics: Capital expenditures, Harold Hamm, Shale, Total, Upstream Invesment
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Petropolitics

Iraq’s Oil Prospects After ISIS

Success and security over the long-term for Iraq depend not on only defeating ISIS soon but also on addressing new and unique priorities, lingering vulnerabilities, and old grievances, many of which are oil-related. Read More

topics: Iraq, ISIS, Mosul, OPEC