Oil

Council Special Report No. 47

The Canadian Oil Sands

Author: Michael A. Levi

The Canadian oil sands present an important challenge to policymakers: they promise energy security benefits but present climate change problems. Michael A. Levi assesses the energy security and climate change effects of the oil sands and makes recommendations for U.S. policymakers within the context of broader bilateral relations with Canada.

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Expert Roundup Authors: Michael A. Levi, Ian W.H. Parry, Daniel J. Weiss, and Anthony Perl

The worst oil spill in U.S. history, still growing in the Gulf of Mexico, has intensified debate about alternative fuel options. Here, four experts discuss how to reduce U.S. oil consumption.

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Interview

Oil Diplomacy in the Sudans

Alex de Waal interviewed by Christopher Alessi

A recent agremeent between Sudan and South Sudan to restart oil exports is likely to improve the macroeconomic situations of the countries, while paving the way for future negotiations over land disputes, says expert Alex de Waal.

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Interview

A Chilling Response to Gulf Oil Spill

Jack Coleman interviewed by Toni Johnson

The Obama administration has overreacted to the Gulf oil spill by suspending most new offshore drilling and moving to expand liabilities for future accidents, with implications for U.S. energy security, says Jack Coleman, an energy industry official and legal expert.

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Interview

Poor Policy, Not Sanctions, Weakens Iran's Economy

Djavad Salehi-Isfahani interviewed by Greg Bruno

Low oil prices are undermining Iran's economy, a political liability for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as he seeks reelection in June. Djavad Salehi-Isfahani, a former Iranian central bank economist, assesses the link between politics and economy in Iran.

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Interview

Transparency and Surpluses in Iraq's Oil-Dependent Budget

Joseph A. Christoff interviewed by Greg Bruno

An official at the U.S. Government Accountability Office says Iraq will retain a healthy budget surplus in spite of falling oil prices. He also notes that auditors' access to Iraq's finances could be curtailed sharply after the end of this year.

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