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Crosspost: How Volkswagen Is Shaping America’s Energy Future

T. Boone Pickens explains why Volkswagen's settlement with the Justice Department can help move U.S. energy security in the right direction. Read More

Autonomous Vehicles

EPA Puts Fuel Economy Review Back on Original Timetable

The Mid-term Evaluation for fuel economy standards opens the door to including new vehicle technology, such as autonomy, in federal regulations, a development that could lead to even greater efficiency in the longer term. Read More


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

Autonomous Vehicles

Transportation Pick Takes Positive Stance on Autonomous Vehicles

One of the biggest issues for the next Secretary of Transportation will be designing a flexible regulatory framework for autonomous vehicles in which the federal government leads while allowing both industry innovation. Read More


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


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


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