We Have Bigger Issues than OPEC: Outdated Law Bedevils U.S. Oil Boom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We Have Bigger Issues than OPEC: Outdated Law Bedevils U.S. Oil Boom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

Not your Typical Lunch: Fuels, Refineries and Railroads
Energy / Politics

Not your Typical Lunch: Fuels, Refineries and Railroads

The U.S. Energy Information Agency’s Winter Fuels Outlook was released in early October, heralding good news about lower household energy bills this winter. The report forecasts price and supply information for consumers regarding common heating fuels: natural gas, electricity, heating oil and propane. Temperatures are predicted to be warmer and the EIA has an action … Continue reading

Creating a National Dialogue About  Sustainable Green House Gas Reduction
Energy / Environment / Environmental Regulation

Creating a National Dialogue About Sustainable Green House Gas Reduction

As star-studded protests are lining the streets of New York in Manhattan and on Wall Street, it appears that an international debate has been stirred about the importance of protecting the environment. However, while the United Nations met this week to discuss how this goal can be reached, the reality of a national debate in … Continue reading

Natural Gas: A Fuel to Rule Them All?
Energy / Politics

Natural Gas: A Fuel to Rule Them All?

Hardly a day goes by where a new story trumpeting the American natural gas “revolution” isn’t prominently displayed in the newspaper: talk of exports is reemerging after decades; the price of natural gas for electricity has dropped by half between its 2008 high and 2013; IHS estimates that unconventional drilling supports 1.7 million jobs. Furthermore, … Continue reading

An Incomplete Pivot?
Central Asia / China / Energy / Foreign Policy

An Incomplete Pivot?

Obama’s “pivot” towards East Asia is, by most accounts, a strategy meant to reassure American allies in the region and to warily contain China. However, in choosing to focus on the Pacific, the administration is perhaps overlooking the importance of energy security to achieving its strategic aims. China has been moving aggressively in this regard, … Continue reading

Oh! The Places LNG Will Go!
America / Energy / Environment / National Security

Oh! The Places LNG Will Go!

News that Sempra Energy became the second company to secure all the permits necessary for building the facilities to export natural gas has pushed the debate over energy exports into the fore once again. Geopolitical risk in Europe and Asia, growing economies in the developing world, and worries about climate change ensure that the energy … Continue reading