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Flood waters caused by Tropical Storm Harvey encompass the Motiva Enterprises LLC in Port Arthur, Texas, U.S. August 31, 2017. (REUTERS/Adrees Latif)

Harvey Lessons for U.S. Export Role: Public-Private Stockpiles

Inventories play a crucial role in oil and gas commodity markets by smoothing out short term dislocations and sudden changes in demand. The historically high inventory levels lingering from the after effects of a global market share war that has been raging since 2014 helped mute potential shortages from emerging in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The hurricane initially knocked out roughly four million barrels a day (b/d) of U.S. refining capacity, pipelines, and over a million b/d in U.S. Read More

June 16, 2017

Climate Change
The United States Left the Paris Agreement. Good.

President Trump has announced the United States will leave the Paris climate agreement. It just might save the deal. 

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May 31, 2017

Energy and Environment
How to Save Mission Innovation

Today officials are reporting President Trump plans to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. I’ve argued before that that would be an inexcusable foreign policy blunder.

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May 22, 2017

Asia
Don’t Let the Window of Opportunity for Increasing Asia’s Use of Natural Gas Close

Natural gas markets in the Asia-Pacific are on the cusp of an extraordinary transformation thanks, in part, to the rise of liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports to the Asia-Pacific from U.S. suppliers. If gas displaced coal, it would give a big boost to the world’s critically needed transition to a low carbon future.

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