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Energy Innovation

Chart of the Week: Automotive Traffic Fatalities Accelerated in 2016

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

Bullish Sentiment Collides With Record Inventories in Oil Futures Market

If fundamentals weaken and oil market sentiment shifts, a sharp price correction is likely once investors liquidate their long positions. Read More

topics: Crude oil inventories, Gasoline Demand, Goldman Sachs, Hedge funds, Oil Prices
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Autonomous Vehicles

Panel: Consumers Will Accept Driverless Cars

While consumers are expected to warm to self-driving vehicles over time, the auto industry has adapted quickly, embracing autonomous technology and driving innovation. Read More

topics: autonomous vehicles, Consumer Technology Association, Securing America's Future Energy, Toyota
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Oil and the Economy

Despite High Imports, U.S. Crude Exporters Gain Market Share in China Amid OPEC Cut

What gets overlooked sometimes in the discussion on U.S. crude exports is that the country is still importing more than 8 million barrels per day. Read More

topics: China, Crude exports, OPEC, Refiners, Shale, U.S. crude imports
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Outside the Beltway

Electric Buses Seeing Greater Penetration in the U.S., China

Amid the push among cities to reduce emissions and the impetus to lower costs for fuel, the electrification of the bus fleet is set continue, even if the U.S. may take a while to catch other economies, most notably China. Read More

topics: China, department of transportation, Electric buses, Proterra
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Oil and the Economy

Forecasters Raise Global Oil Demand Estimates for 2017

The reasons for the positive demand revisions come from every region of the global oil market, with stronger economic activity the main reason for the more optimistic outlook. Read More

topics: Economy, EIA, Global Oil Demand, IEA, OPEC
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Oil and the Economy

Trump Administration Repeals Disclosure Requirements for Oil Companies

The oil industry opposed the disclosure requirements, arguing that the rules are onerous and costly while putting American companies at a disadvantage in the international market. Read More

topics: american petroleum institute, Dodd-Frank, Donald Trump, International oil companies, petro-states, Resource Curse, SEC
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Autonomous Vehicles

What Should Congress Do About Autonomous Vehicles?

There’s growing evidence of the natural link between autonomous and electric vehicles. Read More

topics: autonomous vehicles, Congress, NHTSA, Securing America's Future Energy, Transportation Policy
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Autonomous Vehicles

Ford Takes Big Leap in Autonomy With Purchase of AI Start-Up

Ford's $1 billion investment in a tech start-up reflects the company's commitment to autonomous vehicles and its attempts to catch up to others in the space, particularly Google and Tesla. Read More

topics: autonomous vehicles, Ford, Google, Tesla
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Oil and the Economy

Charts Highlighting Job Potential in Oil and Transportation Sectors

SAFE's Fact Pack summary for Q4 looks at recent trends in oil market fundamentals and transportation while also focusing on how American innovation can help job growth in the transportation and domestic energy sectors, a key development that will lessen the country’s dependence on OPEC imports. Read More

topics: autonomous vehicles, Electric Vehicles, Energy Security, Energy Security Fact Pack, OPEC, Shale
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Petropolitics

What Will OPEC Do If the Market Doesn’t Rebalance?

Nothing will change materially in the oil market until there’s a significant stock draw, a development that appears doubtful, which could ultimately force OPEC to change strategy once again. Read More

topics: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Low Oil Prices, Nigeria, OPEC, Saudi Arabia, Shale
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Oil and the Economy

Gasoline Market Sends Mixed Signals as Inventory Overhang Persists

The sharp increase in gasoline inventories since the end of last year has raised some concerns, helping deflate the bullish sentiment that has permeated the oil market over the past few months. Read More

topics: Crude oil inventories, Gasoline Demand, OPEC, Refiners
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Petropolitics

Nigeria’s Uncertain Road to Recovery

Besides today’s costly oil disruptions, the government in Nigeria is preoccupied with the ISIS-affiliated Boko Haram in the north and sectarian strife elsewhere. Read More

topics: Boko Haram, Niger Delta Avengers, Nigeria, OPEC
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Autonomous Vehicles

Autonomous Cars Are Getting Better, But Standard Testing Metrics Needed

While new data from California provides some insight to gains for AVs, the real story is the fact that the industry needs consistent monitoring and metrics nationwide to drive a deeper understanding of the technology and its capabilities. Read More

topics: Autonomous Vehicle Policy, California Department of Motor Vehicles, Google, Securing America's Future Energy, Tesla
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Energy Innovation

China’s Aggressive EV Program Won’t Be Enough to Shake Up Oil Markets

Despite EV sales growing at a rapid clip in China, oil demand there is still expected to rise by more than 60 percent in the next couple of decades. Read More

topics: China, Electric Vehicles, Oil Demand Growth
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Oil and the Economy

Oil Majors Take Major Hits in Q4, But Worst May Be Over

Oil majors are now cash flow neutral with oil prices trading around $50 per barrel, a milestone achieved after relentless cuts to spending and payrolls over the past couple of years. Read More

topics: Chevron, Earnings, ExxonMobil, Oil Majors, Royal Dutch Shell
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The Docket

FedEx CEO: U.S. in Urgent Need of Infrastructure Reform

Lawmakers are mostly in agreement that U.S. infrastructure needs a major overhaul, but how exactly to fund projects will be the sticking point going forward. Read More

topics: Congestion in America, Congress, Fred Smith, Gasoline Tax, Infrastructure, User Fee
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Energy Innovation

Advantage Lithium CEO on the Boom in EVs, Investing in Argentina, and Uncertainties About China   

David Sidoo is the CEO of Advantage Lithium, a Vancouver-based company that has projects in Argentina and Nevada. He spoke to The Fuse about his firm’s operations, the state of lithium markets, and what challenges lay ahead for the industry. Read More

topics: Advantage Lithium, Argentina, Ford, Lithium Batteries, Oil drilling, Tesla
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Energy Innovation

Podcast: T. Boone Pickens & FedEx's Fred Smith on Natural Gas as a Transportation Fuel

T. Boone Pickens talks to Fred Smith of FedEx and Chris Spear of American Trucking Associations about energy and environmental policy and why natural gas is an important fuel for the trucking fleet. Read More

topics: Energy Policy, Fred Smith, Natural Gas, NGVs, T. Boone Pickens
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Oil and the Economy

U.S. Rig Count Soars, Helps Temper OPEC Cuts

While U.S. crude production hasn’t fully recovered, it has increased by more than 300,000 b/d since September to average just under 9 million barrels per day. As a result, the OPEC-fueled boom in prices has stalled for the time being. Read More

topics: Oil Prices, OPEC, Rig Count, Shale Oil