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Petropolitics

President Trump’s Tweet Calls Attention to OPEC’s Actions

President Trump’s tweet Friday morning shifted the debate about rising gasoline prices, the effects on American consumers, and OPEC’s role in the global oil markets. Read More

topics: Donald Trump, Oil Prices, OPEC, Saudi Arabia
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Energy Innovation

Chart of the Week: U.S. Gasoline Prices Rise on Geopolitical Unrest, OPEC

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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Energy Innovation

Electric Vehicle Sales See Strong Growth in Q1 as the Number of Models Expand

March was the strongest month ever for electric vehicle sales in the U.S., with more than 25,500 sold. The fact that record sales occurred during the first quarter, when they typically lag, is remarkable and bodes well for the entire year. Read More

topics: BNEF, Chevy Bolt, Electric Vehicle Sales, Electric Vehicles, EV Sales Bet, Tesla
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Oil and the Economy

How Changes in Maritime Fuels Markets Will Affect Demand, the Oil Industry

The shipping industry accounts for five million barrels per day of demand. Implications of both fuel specification changes coming in 2020 and the emissions target for 2050 could be enormous for refiners and the entire oil industry. Read More

topics: Diesel demand, International Maritime Organization, Maritime fuels, Refiners, Shipping
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The Docket

Hidden Costs: How Forgiveness of Student Debt Could Reduce Vehicle Ownership

If the ability to pay for a new automobile is impaired by the taxation of student debt forgiveness, the costs of vehicle ownership relative to available household funds could escalate beyond affordability. Read More

topics: Fuel Consumption, Fuel Costs, Student loan debt, Vehicle ownership
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Uncategorized

Saudi Arabia Confidently Shifts Its Price Target as U.S. Enters Summer Driving Season

The Saudis continue shifting its goals for where oil prices should be. The Kingdom is now signaling that it wants to increase prices to $80-$100 per barrel in order to enhance the valuation for its planned initial public offering. Read More

topics: Gasoline prices, OPEC, Saudi Arabia, Transportation Fuel Demand
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Energy Innovation

ESLC Profile: Waste Management

Waste Management, headquartered in Houston, has been an industry leader in transitioning to alternative sources of fuel. Its fleet includes an increasing number of vehicles that run on CNG and other renewable transportation fuels. Read More

topics: CNG Trucks, ESLC, Oil Dependence, Renewable Energy, Waste Management
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Oil and the Economy

Attacks on Oil Infrastructure Increase as Prices Reach Multi-Year Highs

A SAFE analysis shows that there were 1,480 terrorism incidents against oil and gas facilities worldwide between 2011 and 2016, a 387 percent increase from twenty years ago. Read More

topics: Geopolitical Risk, Oil Markets, Saudi Arabia, Terrorism, Yemen
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Energy Innovation

Uber Expands Services to Help End Car Ownership in Cities

At an event this week in Washington, DC, Uber’s CEO announced a number of new initiatives and partnerships, reinforcing the company’s strategy of expanding beyond its core business as a ride-hailing service. Read More

topics: Ridehailing, Ridesharing, Uber, Urban Mobility
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Autonomous Vehicles

New York Targets Shared Mobility in Manhattan Congestion Initiative

Congestion fees have a number of both pros and cons, and are controversial for city planners and transportation service providers. They can be effective in the goal of reducing gridlock, but they also raise the cost of travel and limit access. Read More

topics: autonomous vehicles, Congestion, Electric Vehicles, Lyft, New York City, Ridehailing, Uber
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Oil and the Economy

Canada’s Oil Industry Faces Long-Term Challenges Without Key Pipelines

The cancellation of the Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline would significantly hurt Alberta's oil sands producers, which are struggling with midstream constraints and large discounts for their crude. Read More

topics: Canada, Keystone XL, Kinder Morgan, Oil sands, Trans Mountain Express, West Canadian Select
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Energy Innovation

SAFE Report Identifies Opportunity to Modernize Fuel Economy Standards

SAFE' analysis finds that 18–25 percent system-wide fuel economy savings could be realized by using existing driver assist and autonomous vehicle technologies while saving thousands of lives. Read More

topics: autonomous vehicle technology, Fuel Demand, Fuel Economy
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Autonomous Vehicles

The Structure of Transportation Revolutions: Clues of the Next Paradigm?

Transportation revolutions occur every 50 years. Could the world now be experiencing the beginning of a new paradigm with ride-sharing, autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles, and similar emerging technologies? Read More

topics: autonomous vehicles, Electric Vehicles, Ridesharing, Transportation, Transportation Fuel Demand
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Oil and the Economy

Amalto Technologies on Blockchain in the Oil Industry

Amalto Technologies, which provides blockchain technology to energy companies, speaks to The Fuse about cloud management, tokenization, and automation in the oil industry. Read More

topics: Amalto Technologies, Automation, Big Data, Blockchain, US oil and gas
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The Docket

One Reform EPA Should Make To Fuel Economy Rules That No One Is Talking About

Credits provide flexibility, reduce compliance costs, and were intended to allow the auto industry to deal with shocks like the plunge in gasoline prices and ensuing shift to SUVs that began in 2014. Read More

topics: Automakers, EPA, Fuel Economy Standards, Greenhouse gas emissions
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Autonomous Vehicles

Crosspost: Mobility Podcast on Tempe Accident and Driverless Regulations in California

Hosts of the Mobility Podcast discuss autonomous vehicle safety in the aftermath of the tragic accident in Arizona and driverless regulations in California. Read More

topics: Autonomous Vehicle Policy, autonomous vehicles, California, Uber
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The Docket

Declining Transit Ridership: Revolutionary or Routine?

While transit vehicles have become substantially more fuel efficient in recent years, declining ridership makes it very hard to take full advantage of these gains in efficiency. Read More

topics: Fuel Consumption, Mass transit, Public Transit, Urban design, Urban Transit
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Oil and the Economy

Despite Strong First Quarter, Oil Industry Still Faces Investor Trepidation, Bottlenecks

The oil industry continues to struggle despite prices rising and expectations for strong earnings reports. Energy stocks in the S&P 500 declined by 6.6 percent in the first quarter. Read More

topics: Chevron, Oil Majors, Shale investors, Shale Oil Producers
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Oil and the Economy

As Saudi-Russia Connection Tightens, Importance of Maintaining Fuel Economy Standards Grows

Modernized fuel-efficiency standards have been a cornerstone of energy policy since the 1970s, reducing the negative effects of petrostates on the U.S. economy. Read More

topics: EPA, Fuel Economy, Fuel Economy Standards, OPEC, Saudi Arabia
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Energy Innovation

Electric Vehicle Production and Critical Minerals Supply

In an effort to ensure an adequate supply of critical minerals, the U.S. Department of the Interior has recently intensified its efforts to work with industry and other stakeholders to avoid minerals shortages or supply disruptions. Read More

topics: Department of Interior, Electric Vehicles, Lithium, Strategic minerals