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Petropolitics

Perry Meets with Russian and Saudi Energy Ministers to Blunt Impact of Iran Sanctions on Oil Markets

Renewed Iran sanctions will coincide with election season, granting Russia and Saudi Arabia leverage in negotiations with the United States. Read More

topics: Iran Sanctions, Oil Prices, Rick Perry, Russia, Saudi Arabia
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Oil and the Economy

With Inventories Low, Natural Gas Prices will Depend on Production Growth this Winter

Despite the abnormally low level of gas sitting in storage, natural gas prices have barely moved. Shale gas drillers continue to add supply, which will likely allow the U.S. to avoid a supply crunch this coming winter. Read More

topics: Fracking, Heating, Marcellus Shale, Natural Gas, Natural Gas Inventories, natural gas prices, Winter
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Oil and the Economy

NAFTA and the Implications for North American Oil and Gas

All three countries in NAFTA do not want to see new barriers erected that could impede the growing trade in oil and gas. There is a great deal of momentum to successfully conclude a new trade deal, although sticking points – largely unrelated to energy – remain. Read More

topics: Energy, Mexico, Oil and Gas Trade
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Energy Innovation

U.S. Crude Oil Production Reaches 11 Mbd Historic High

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

This Week in AVs: Ford Submits AV Safety Report, Lyft/Aptiv Hit AV Testing Milestone, and More

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

topics: Ford, Lyft, safety, Waymo
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Oil and the Economy

Shale Hits a Rough Patch

The industry's ability to weather current challenges will have global implications. Read More

topics: bakken, Oil Production, Permian, Pioneer Natural Resources, Shale, U.S. Shale, Whiting Petroleum
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Energy Innovation

How Much have Fuel Economy Standards Boosted the Price of Cars?

Cars today are more efficient, more durable, safer, and have better features than ever before, and higher prices are simply not that high once adjusted for inflation and compared to price increases of other consumer goods. Read More

topics: Car Prices, Consumer Price Index, EPA, Fuel Economy, Fuel Economy Standards, NHTSA, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
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Petropolitics

Iran’s Sanction-Busting Playbook is Weak

Tehran has limited options to dodge sanctions, most of which are a redux of its 2012 strategy. Read More

topics: China, India, Iran, Iran Sanctions, Oil Exports, Oil for Goods, Russia, Strait of Hormuz
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Uncategorized

Turkey’s Crisis and the Threat to The Oil Market

The deeper risk from Turkey's economic crisis is if the contagion spreads as major banks are exposed to souring emerging market assets, or because businesses and even entire governments struggle to pay back the mounting debt denominated in U.S. dollars. Read More

topics: Economic Growth, Emerging Markets, Oil Demand, Oil Prices, Turkey
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Oil and the Economy

Oil and Gas Industry Caught Up In U.S.-China Trade War

China hasn't included crude oil on a list of tarifed products, but that does not mean that the energy trade will emerge from the escalating trade war unscathed. Already, the trade spat has disrupted the flow of energy between the two countries. Read More

topics: China, Crude Oil, Energy Prices, LNG, Oil and Gas, Trade, United States
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Oil and the Economy

Petrochemicals: The Future of Oil Demand Growth

Oil majors and NOCs turn to petrochemicals as a safe bet in a potentially decarbonizing world. Read More

topics: oil, Oil Demand, Oil Demand Growth, Petrochemical, Plastics
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Autonomous Vehicles

NYC’s Battle with Uber and Lyft Could Hurt Middle Income Riders

New York is considering measures that would block TNCs from adding new drivers. According to Lyft, 25 percent of drivers leave the network every year, which could leave the TNCs unable to meet demand if the cap is implemented. Read More

topics: Lyft, New York City, research, Ridesharing, Taxi, TNCs, Transportation Policy, Uber
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Oil and the Economy

Big Oil's Best Quarter in Years

Higher oil prices and surging profits in the second quarter are giving them a lot more leeway, definitively putting an end to years of austerity. Read More

topics: Earnings, oil, Oil Majors, Oil Prices
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Energy Innovation

Examining the Proposed Fuel Economy Rule on Safety, Vehicle Prices, and Oil Demand Implications

NHTSA and EPA's own analysis has found that lightweighting, when done properly, poses no overall increased risk to highway safety. In recent years, record U.S. auto sales have coincided with significant fuel efficiency gains. Read More

topics: CAFE Standards, Economic Competitiveness, EPA, Fuel Economy, Gasoline Consumption, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, NPRM, Oil Demand, Oil Prices
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Petropolitics

Iraqi Oil After the May Elections

The unexpected outcome of Iraq's recent parliamentary elections has sweeping implications for the country's agreements with international oil companies and OPEC. Read More

topics: Iraq, ISIS, Kurdistan, MENA, Middle East, OPEC
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Oil and the Economy

Analyst Fears of Supply Gap Collide with Pending Rulemaking on Fuel Economy

Assuming that oil prices will remain low through 2050 is not consistent with current market dynamics or historical precedent. Read More

topics: DOT, EPA, Fuel Economy, Oil Prices, Oil Supply
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Energy Innovation

Scoot CEO: Electric Mobility Services Will Be “Mass Transit of the 21st Century”

Electric scooters tap into the pent-up demand for urban mobility without the physical exertion of traditional bicycles or the expense and inconvenience of driving in a congested city. Read More

topics: Last Mile, Lyft, Scoot, Transit, Uber, Urban Mobility
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Autonomous Vehicles

Autonomous Driving Takes Power. Will That Matter for Electrification?

New research shows that the energy demands of driverless computing draw less power from the vehicle than expected. Other factors such as efficiency improvements, flexibility for fleet operators, and the advantages of the electric drivetrain mean that power demand is a nuisance, but far from a dealbreaker, for an electrified autonomous future. Read More

topics: autonomous vehicles, Computer Power, Electric Vehicles, Energy Efficiency, EV-AV, Fleet Operators, Power Demand