Efforts by the United States and EU to sanction Iran's oil exports have prompted worries about a disruption of global oil markets. Robert McNally outlines scenarios in which rising tensions could affect the price of oil and potential policy responses.
The Keystone XL pipeline debate shows the pitfalls of politics intruding on energy policy, says CFR's Michael Levi. He reviews the pros and cons of the issue and proposes additional steps to bolster U.S. energy security.
Authors: Captain Bradley S. Russell, USN and Max Boot Wall Street Journal
Captain Bradley S. Russell, USN and Max Boot argue that Iran must realize that by initiating direct hostilities in the Strait of Hormuz, it risks American retaliation against their covert nuclear-weapons program.
Captain Melissa Bert, USCG, argues that as Cuba moves ahead with plans for a mobile offshore drilling unit, the United States must incorporate Cuba in emergency response coordination and joint operations, work through sanctions hurdles, and properly fund a response to a potential disaster.
Michael A. Levi argues that celebrations by environmental activists over delayed approval of the Keystone XL pipeline are shortsighted, as the tactics and arguments that have won the day are ultimately as likely to retard clean energy development as they are to thwart dirty fuels.
Technological advances raise the question of what the U.S. energy industry might accomplish if prices continue to rise. According to author Amy Myers Jaffe, a global energy shift is in the near future that will move the world's supply from the Middle East, back to the Americas.
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