Analysis Brief

The Energy Policy Conundrum

Falling gas prices in the United States pose a challenge to policy experts seeking to move the country away from dependence on foreign oil. A new CFR Task Force report urges steps such as expanded domestic oil exploration, raising the cost of gas, and better engagement with India and China on energy issues.

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Analysis Brief

Vying Claims on Bolivia's Energy

Author: Lee Hudson Teslik

Evo Morales, Bolivia's populist president, has nationalized his country's energy industry. The decision will have specific economic ramifications, and possibly broader political ones in a region that lacks a coherent identity.

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Russia and China Bond over Energy

Russia and China are signing groundbreaking deals to deliver Russian oil and gas to feed surging Chinese demand. The economic cooperation is also reflected on the political side, where the two nations are joining to counter U.S. influence in Central Asia and around the world.

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Mixed Views on Bush Energy Plans

In his State of the Union speech, President Bush said America is "addicted to oil" and proposed using technology to reduce Americans' dependence on foreign oil. Critics say the proposals are farfetched, inadequate, and contradict the administration's own policies.

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Will Obama Pull the Trigger on the Strategic Petroleum Reserve?

Author: Blake Clayton
Forbes Online

In an article launching a new Forbes.com blog, "Risk and Return," Blake Clayton says that President Obama, having learned the hard way last year that a Strategic Petroleum Reserve release can't reliably lower oil prices for very long, is likely weighing the potential political costs of a release versus its possible economic benefits.

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