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Petropolitics

Supply Surplus Puts OPEC+ in a Bind

OPEC has few choices at its disposal to manage the swelling oil market surplus, most of which are unpalatable. Read More

topics: Oil Demand, Oil Prices, Oil Production, OPEC, Saudi Aramco, Saudi Aramco IPO, Shale Oil Production
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Oil and the Economy

The Failure of History: How Oil Has Entered a Brave New World

Past experience can offer some guidance, but by every indication the global oil industry is heading into a new age, with unpredictable consequences. Read More

topics: Oil Prices, Oil Production, OPEC, Shale
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Oil and the Economy

Tale of Two Milestones for U.S. Oil Exports

U.S. oil exports recently hit new highs with a record number of export destinations, but shale's recent woes mean continued success is not guaranteed. Read More

topics: Oil Prices, Oil Production, Permian, Shale, Shale Oil, Shale Oil Production
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Oil and the Economy

Shale Slows Amid Financial Pain, But Offshore Drilling Picks Up

Production gains cannot mask the problems facing the shale industry, but the offshore sector is seeing an increase in activity. Read More

topics: Fracking, Gulf of Mexico, Offshore Drilling, Shale, Shale Oil, Shale Oil Production
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Petropolitics

Tepid Response to Persian Gulf Instability Highlights—and Masks—Bigger Problems

Weaker demand has allowed traders to shrug off recent events in the Persian Gulf. But a belief that a return to the days of the tanker war is unlikely may be misplaced. Read More

topics: Crude Oil, Energy Security, Iran, Iran Deal, Oil Prices, OPEC, Strait of Hormuz, Trump administration
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Oil and the Economy

Earnings Season Anticipates Mixed Results

An extended period of lower commodity prices will continue to weaken earnings outlooks, making the prospect of merging with—or acquiring—E&P companies more attractive. Read More

topics: Energy Policy, Oil Prices, Oil Production, Shale
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Petropolitics

Tanker Seizures and Supply Risk Fails To Move Oil Market

With global oil supply outpacing demand, oil traders are shrugging off rising tensions around the Strait of Hormuz. Read More

topics: Energy Security, Global Oil Demand, IEA, Iran, Oil Supply, Shale, Strait of Hormuz
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Autonomous Vehicles

This Week in AVs: Uber Releases Safety Standards; Via Unveils AV Service; and More

SAFE's weekly roundup of the top news in autonomous vehicle innovation and deployment. Read More

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Oil and the Economy

Barry Rocks Gulf of Mexico Oil Production

Shuttered Gulf of Mexico production during Tropical Storm Barry offers a reminder of the vulnerability of the region’s energy infrastructure to weather events. Read More

topics: Barry, Energy Security, Gulf of Mexico, Hurricane Harvey, Oil Production
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Oil and the Economy

Weak Oil Demand And Supply Surge Could Create Renewed Surplus

The top forecasters for the oil market have repeatedly downgraded their estimates for demand. Absent a turnaround in global growth, the pitfalls for the oil market may only grow worse. Read More

topics: China, EIA, IEA, Oil Demand, Oil Prices, OPEC, Oversupply, Shale, Shale Oil, Shale Oil Production, Surplus, Trade, Trade War
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Petropolitics

Retaliation Risk Rises Following Iranian Oil Tanker Seizure

Iranian threats to disrupt shipping through the Strait of Hormuz highlights the precarious political nature of the oil market—and recent events show why this threat must be taken seriously. Read More

topics: BP, Iran, Persian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz
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Energy Innovation

Electric Vehicle Purchasing Collaborative Offers Oil Dependence Solution

The U.S. transportation system is currently 92 percent dependent on petroleum - but an initiative to promote municipal fleet electrification has taken steps to correct that trend. Read More

topics: Climate Mayors, Electric buses, Electric Vehicles, Electrifcation, Electrification Coalition, EVs, Sourcewell
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Petropolitics

Venezuela Faces More Outages As Trump Admin Mulls Escalation

As the Trump administration weighs its geopolitical priorities, the future of Venezuela's oil sector hangs in the balance. Read More

topics: Chevron, Maduro, PDVSA, Venezuela. PDVSA
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Petropolitics

OPEC Cut Extension Highlights Need for NOPEC

OPEC's collusive actions run counter to established international anti-competitive norms at American expense. But by amending the Sherman Act, NOPEC offers a tool to combat these activities. Read More

topics: Iran, Mohammed bin Salman, NOPEC, OPEC, Putin, Russia, Saudi Arabia