for Crude Oil Imports
Some commentators argue that due to the rapid rise in shale production, reliance on petroleum is not a national economic and security threat. But oil dependence remains a strategic vulnerability for U.S. consumers and businesses.
Despite the rise in EV sales in China, long-term trends of a rising population and a growing middle class will increase the country’s appetite for petroleum.
The volatile nature of oil prices, widespread opposition to new projects, and the uncertainty of local and national politics make it crucial for Colombia to diversify its economy.
Opening Area 1002—a small part of the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge—to oil exploration and development can reduce U.S. foreign import dependence.
Small independent refineries in China thrived in 2015 and 2016 as a result of low crude prices and high exports of refined products, but the road ahead looks bumpier as analysts see consolidation in the country's downstream sector.
The U.S. government stopped short of a ban on oil imports from Venezuela, hoping to insulate U.S. refiners. But in the short run, Venezuela will have difficulty moving volumes to the Gulf Coast since the region has been swamped by Hurricane Harvey.
From changing the dollarized oil market to relationships with major Middle East producers, China's growing clout in the oil trade has manifold impacts for American interests.
Ed Hirs, an energy economist from the University of Houston, talks to The Fuse about the dangers of oil supply disruptions and OPEC's impact on shale.
Venezuela has fallen apart as a result of corruption and ineptitude, but even more so because of its over-reliance on oil as a revenue source. Some 95 percent of the country’s export revenue comes from oil.
One solution to reducing dependence on imports would be to build pipeline capacity connecting the Bakken area to refineries on the East Coast.