Flawed Progress: The Iranian Nuclear Framework
Energy / Foreign Policy / Iran / Politics

Flawed Progress: The Iranian Nuclear Framework

The recent unveiling of a framework for future talks about Iran’s nuclear program has some hailing it as a great step towards an Iran without nuclear weapons, while others believe giving Iran any nuclear capability is a step in the wrong direction. While this framework represents significant progress, it does not go far enough in … Continue reading

Rooftop Solar Needs Sustainable Policies
Energy / Technology

Rooftop Solar Needs Sustainable Policies

The solar industry boasted huge job growth last year, mostly due to the increase in solar installations on homes and businesses. Rooftop solar is growing across the U.S., and so are confrontations between traditional utility providers and the solar industry. The controversy centers on net metering (the technical term that describes how large utility companies … Continue reading

Reducing the Trade Deficit with China: Repealing the Crude Oil Export Ban
China / Energy / Politics

Reducing the Trade Deficit with China: Repealing the Crude Oil Export Ban

With much of the current energy conversation surrounding the Keystone XL Pipeline, many Americans have forgotten, or may not even know, about another energy issue that might just be more important: the crude oil export ban. Since the 1970’s, the U.S. government has prohibited U.S. oil producers to export crude oil internationally in order to … Continue reading

Are We There Yet? A review of U.S. Natural Gas Exports
Energy / Trade

Are We There Yet? A review of U.S. Natural Gas Exports

A year ago, after the overthrow of Ukraine’s president and the ensuing crisis, industry leaders in the U.S. pushed to change regulations that prevent liquid natural gas (LNG) exports. If Ukraine had truly wanted to break free from Russian influence, it would have had to eliminate its dependence on Russian gas. However, during that critical … Continue reading

Can Oil and Gas, Government, and Environmentalists Work Together?
Energy / Environment

Can Oil and Gas, Government, and Environmentalists Work Together?

It must be frustrating for President Obama when his policies make no one happy. Recently the administration announced plans to regulate methane emissions, and while the oil and gas industry grumbled about new regulations and added costs, environmental groups complained the new measures don’t go far enough. Is it possible for policymakers to appease environmental … Continue reading

We Have Bigger Issues than OPEC: Outdated Law Bedevils U.S. Oil Boom
Energy / Politics

We Have Bigger Issues than OPEC: Outdated Law Bedevils U.S. Oil Boom

When I recently visited Professor Robert Weiner at the George Washington University (GW), he was unimpressed by the flurry of speculation about Saudi Arabia’s response to falling global oil prices. Dr. Weiner, the chair of the International Business Department at GW’s School of Business, pointed out that Saudi Arabia doesn’t mind the lower oil prices and … Continue reading