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World Energy Outlook 2011 (Audio)

Speaker: Fatih Birol
Presider: Edward L. Morse

Fatih Birol, chief economist at the International Energy Agency, discusses U.S., European, and Chinese oil imports, as well as the consistent annual growth in global temperatures.

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Panacea or Pipe Dream? Energy Policy and the Search for Alternatives: Session 1: A Foreign Policy Mandate? Thirty Years of Oil and Gas (Audio)

Speakers: David L. Goldwyn and J. Robinson West
Presider: Sebastian Mallaby

Listen to David L. Goldwyn, president of Goldwyn International Strategies, and J. Robinson West, chairman of PFC energy, discuss the intersection between energy issues and U.S. foreign policy, and the lessons learned from past energy crises.

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Renewing America

Renewing America

Gasoline Prices

Author: Toni Johnson

With the Middle East unrest ongoing and the global economy recovering, gasoline prices are rising considerably. But policies to ease U.S. consumer impact take time and policymakers are divided over the course of action.

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Backgrounder

China in Africa

Authors: Christopher Alessi and Beina Xu

China has increased its economic ties with Africa as it seeks to fulfill its growing energy demands. But China's way of doing business has prompted international criticism, even as its policy of noninterference faces new challenges.

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Renewing America

Renewing America

Oil Market Volatility

Author: Toni Johnson

Though shifts in demand and reduced production by some major producers have influenced oil prices, investor behavior is also increasing market volatility.

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Backgrounder Author: Toni Johnson

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill spotlights the growth of deepwater drilling and the challenges of balancing strong environmental regulation with efforts to expand U.S. domestic oil production.

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Venezuela's Oil-Based Economy

Authors: Cesar J. Alvarez and Stephanie Hanson

Venezuela is trying to develop new markets for its oil at a time of increasing friction with its main customer, the United States. But a significant short-term shift in oil relations between Venezuela and the United States is unlikely.

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Why Iraqis Cannot Agree on an Oil Law

Authors: Lionel Beehner and Greg Bruno

The division of Iraq’s oil wealth is an important obstacle to a power-sharing deal. At issue is whether revenues should be regionally or centrally controlled.

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Oil Prices

Authors: Eben Kaplan and Toni Johnson

While some experts fault demand increases for record-high oil prices, others say production and market issues reflect price hikes are more complicated.

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