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Petropolitics

How Will Indonesia’s Oil Industry Fare After OPEC Suspension?

Even though Indonesia returned to the OPEC cartel for just one year, the country was able to strategically make its membership work to its advantage by securing large investments in its upstream resources after struggling to do so for some time. Read More

topics: Indonesia, International oil companies, Investment, OPEC
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Autonomous Vehicles

Autonomous Vehicles: Boom or Bust for U.S. Jobs and Economic Growth?

There’s a natural paradox when it comes to innovation—it often brings unexpected benefits to society, but it can also cause disruptions and upheavals, creating particular risks in the labor market. Experts discuss the risks and rewards of autonomous vehicles on the country's economy. Read More

topics: Autonomous Vehicle Policy, autonomous vehicles, Brookings, Ridesharing, Transportation, Uber
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Petropolitics

OPEC’s Decision to Lead to More Volatility: IEA’s Birol

The intense levels of collusion on a global scale between politicians of producer states, OPEC representatives, and even traders are a clear reminder that the cartel's operations undermine a fair, free, and transparent oil market. OPEC argues that its decision last week was in the interests of price stability, but others see the exact opposite. Read More

topics: Ali al-Naimi, Forward curve, Hedging, IEA, OPEC, Shale
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Petropolitics

Video: Saudi Arabian Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih's Full Comments Before OPEC Ministerial Meeting

Saudi Arabian Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih comments on his expectations for an OPEC deal, cooperation from non-OPEC members, and timelines for market rebalancing. Read More

topics: Khalid al-Falih, oil, Oil Prices, Oil Supply, OPEC, Saudi Arabia
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Oil and the Economy

OPEC Deal and New Pipeline Approvals Throw Lifeline to Canadian Oil

Approval from the federal government of two major pipelines, rising oil prices, and a the potential shift on Keystone XL mean that after two years of contraction, optimism has finally returned to Canada's oil patch. Read More

topics: Canada, Keystone XL, oil, Oil sands, OPEC, Trudeau
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Oil and the Economy

OPEC, Far from Dead, Agrees to Major Cut, Sparks Market Rally

OPEC agrees to its first production cut in eight years, reminding the market of its enormous power, but the ultimate impact of the cartel's action is far from certain. Read More

topics: Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, OPEC, Saudi Arabia, Shale Oil
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Petropolitics

Fresh Optimism Voiced on Morning of OPEC Ministerial Meeting

Oil markets and analysts have been skeptical that a deal would emerge from this week’s OPEC meeting, following stonewalling from ministers and signals of willingness to walk away without a deal from Saudi Arabia. But cartel members struck an optimistic tone that a deal will be achieved today in Vienna, sending oil prices up by 6 percent. Read More

topics: Iran, Iraq, Oil Prices, OPEC, Saudi Arabia, Vienna
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Petropolitics

Saudi Arabia: Gambit, or Pivot Heading into this Week's OPEC Meeting?

On Wednesday, look for signs of a credible deal in the form of clear individual country quotas, but real proof that countries are following through with their commitments will take weeks or months to materialize in the export data. Read More

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

JBC Energy: Oil Markets to Remain Oversupplied Until 2021

A major consultancy says that the oil market will still take longer to rebalance than many analysts had reckoned because of supply-side trends both in OPEC and outside the group. A slew of new non-OPEC fields will ramp up to increase the global crude oversupply to a massive 1.8 mbd for 1H 2017. Read More

topics: JBC Energy, Low Oil Prices, Non-Opec Supply, Oil Demand Growth, OPEC, Shale Oil
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The Docket

Energy in the Lame Duck Session: What to Know

With an eye on his legacy, President Obama is trying to ink a few energy and environmental victories before he leaves the White House. The Dakota Access pipeline, the BLM's fracking rule, and monument designations are key areas of focus for the outgoing administration. Read More

topics: Arctic Drilling, Barack Obama, Dakota access, Donald Trump, Fracking, Methane Regulations
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Autonomous Vehicles

What Will Autonomous Vehicles Mean for New Infrastructure Projects?

The unexpected victory of President-elect Donald Trump this month overshadowed other major election developments, including the approval of billions of dollars in new mass transit and infrastructure projects across the nation. How will self-driving vehicles affect these and other infrastructure developments? Read More

topics: autonomous vehicles, Infrastructure, Mass transit, Ridesharing, Transportation
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Oil and the Economy

Obama Administration Finalizes Methane Rule, Bans Arctic Drilling

Republicans have pushed back hard against energy and environmental action Obama has taken after the election, and they will likely try to overturn his decisions once he leaves office. Read More

topics: Arctic Drilling, Arctic Drilling Shell, Barack Obama, Department of Interior, Methane Regulations, Royal Dutch Shell
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Oil and the Economy

IEA Warns Oil Demand Won’t Peak Before 2040, Supply Risks Abound

The International Energy Agency warns that the age of fossil fuels is far from over. Governments around the world need to step up their policy efforts to find alternatives in the transportation sector in order to keep demand in check. Read More

topics: Electric Vehicles, IEA, Peak Demand, Underinvestment Risk
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Petropolitics

All Eyes on OPEC as Global Glut Persists

Given the dire straits of OPEC countries’ fiscal situations, the cartel may ultimately take action at its meeting on November 30 to lift prices, a move that would hurt consumer countries. But a production cut isn't a forgone conclusion. Read More

topics: #OOTT, Doha, Iran, Low Oil Prices, OPEC, Saudi Arabia, Shale
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Autonomous Vehicles

Intel CEO: Data Is the New Oil

Data for driverless cars won’t be subject to the kind of geopolitical instability, price shocks, or environmental impacts that oil entails. But technical challenges of scaling the world’s data infrastructure to accommodate AVs could still result in disruptions or outages that limit mobility. Read More

topics: autonomous vehicles, Brian Krzanich, Data, Intel, Los Angeles Auto Show
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Oil and the Economy

IEA: Low Oil Prices Make Fuel Economy Regulations More Important than Ever

Last year, consumers globally saved 870 million barrels of oil as a result of efficiency improvements since 2000. Germany and China have been more successful in maintaining fuel economy gains during low oil prices. Read More

topics: CAFE Standards, Electric Vehicles, Gasoline Demand, IEA
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Oil and the Economy

U.S. Trends Toward Becoming a Net Exporter of Gasoline

Growth in refining capacity, high downstream utilization, and flexibility provided by cheap feedstock thanks to the shale boom have all boosted U.S. energy security and lowered pump prices for consumers. Read More

topics: Energy Security, Gasoline Demand, Gasoline Exports, Refiners, Shale
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The Docket

Maintaining CAFE Standards and EV Tax Credit Consistent with Trump's Plan to End Dependence on OPEC Oil

The 2016 election could turn out to be a big win for the oil and gas industry, as Trump has championed deregulation and a rollback of a number of environmental measures. Read More

topics: CAFE Standards, Donald Trump, Electric Vehicles, Energy Security
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The Docket

White House Initiative for EV Charging Corridors to Significantly Reduce ‘Range Anxiety’

Despite improvements in charging infrastructure and battery technology, consumers may still be hesitant to buy EVs based on outdated preconceptions. Read More

topics: Barack Obama, Charging Infrastructure, Electric Vehicles, EV Charging, EV Sales, Range Anxiety