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Will Student Loan Debt Affect Vehicle Ownership?

Monthly debt payments of several hundred dollars, or more, mean that personal vehicle ownership may become impacted. At the margin, households may choose to own fewer vehicles to account for the need to make student loan payments. Read More


Crosspost: An Energy Policy of Dominance

Conservation can contribute to energy dominance. The less energy this country uses, the more it can sell to others. Read More


With ‘Energy Dominance’ in the Spotlight, Don’t Forget Demand-Side Initiatives

While there is no doubt that the U.S. has become an energy superpower, the main priority of the country should be strengthening overall energy security. One metric is the level of fuel choice in the transportation sector, which gives options to consumers and businesses so that they are not dependent on only petroleum. Read More


Key Issues to Follow in This Week's Energy and Interior Budget Debates

On the agenda at budget hearings this week will be energy innovation, the proper size of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), offshore drilling, and oil production on public lands. Read More


Businesses and Bipartisan Lawmakers Make the Case for Infrastructure Investment

With U.S. infrastructure in dire need of investment, lawmakers and business groups make the case for action but differ on approach. Read More


Car-Sharing and Ride-Sharing to End Personal Vehicle Ownership? Not Yet

The suggested dramatic reduction in urban vehicle purchases is not corroborated by U.S. Census data on household vehicle ownership. Read More


Energy Issues on the Periphery of First Presidential Debate

With the country enjoying a period of energy abundance and low prices at the pump, voters aren’t as concerned about what’s happening in the global oil market. That showed in the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Read More


Strategic Oil Reserve Gets Short-Changed in Political Debate

Despite the DOE and others making the case for a slimmer Strategic Petroleum Reserve, the U.S. is still vulnerable to wild price swings and global supply outages. Read More


Clinton’s Transition Team Sends Mixed Messages on Energy Policy

Picking Ken Salazar and John Podesta for high-level positions provides little clarity regarding energy and the environment policy since both advisers have different philosophies and it’s unclear which side would win out under a Clinton administration. Read More


Fracking Leaders Hamm and Sheffield Differ on Presidential Politics

Two major executives this past week gave differing views on this year's election. Continental's Harold Hamm spoke at the RNC in favor of Donald Trump, while Pioneer's CEO noted how the industry has performed better under Democratic administrations. Read More


Obama: The Accidental Energy Security President

Like presidents before him dating back to Richard Nixon, Barack Obama pledged to reduce dependence on crude oil imports and sever the country’s reliance on OPEC oil. But unlike others, Obama saw overall energy security improve markedly during his presidency. Read More


U.S. Military Leverages Alternative, Efficient Energy Technology to Improve Warfighting Ability

Experts: Military energy reform efforts not only save money and reduce fuel consumption—they improve the Department of Defense’s effectiveness, and ultimately save lives of American soldiers. Read More