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Investment Pours Into Vehicle Tech as Focus Centers on Autonomy

Global investment in auto-tech firms totaled $1.6 billion for the first half of 2017, more than double the same time last year.

topics: autonomous technology, autonomous vehicles, AutoTech, Toyota Research Institute

Interior Looks to Revamp Offshore Access and Permitting  

Speeding up the process is good news for the industry in that there are plenty of untapped offshore reserves. However, many companies may choose to withhold capital investment given the current low-price environment and typical long-cycle investment in offshore production.

topics: Department of Interior, Gulf of Mexico, Low Oil Prices, Macondo

Venezuela-Russia Deal Threatens U.S. Energy Security

In the event that Venezuela defaults on its loan to Rosneft, the Russians would assume control of critical U.S. energy infrastructure.

topics: CFIUS, China, Citgo, Russia, Venezuela

Key Takeaways from IEA’s Investment Report

Electricity and renewable investments fell modestly last year, but the lower price environment over the past three years has taken a particular toll on upstream oil and gas outlays.

topics: China, IEA, Shale, Underinvestment Risk

North Dakota’s Economy Looks to Escape Oil’s Boom-Bust Cycles

North Dakota is looking to manage its resources and finances prudently to keep as much damage from oil price volatility at bay and develop longer-term sustainable growth through deeper economic diversification.

topics: bakken, Low Oil Prices, North Dakota, OPEC, Shale Oil, Unemployment