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November 5, 2018

Iran
Iranian Oil Sanctions: Myths and Realities of U.S. Energy Independence

Renewed U.S. sanctions against Iranian oil exports kick in officially this week as part of the Trump administration’s decision to exit the Iranian nuclear deal. Estimations on how effective the sanct…

A gas flare on an oil production platform in the Soroush oil fields is seen alongside an Iranian flag in the Persian Gulf, Iran, July 25, 2005.

October 26, 2018

Europe
Renewable Energy, Russian Natural Gas and the Lesson of January 2006

The problem with the “energy weapon” is that it is notorious for backfiring. That fact couldn’t have rung truer than this week when it was reported that Germany, a major natural gas importer in Europ…

The LNG tanker "Clean Ocean" is pictured during the first U.S. delivery of liquefied natural gas to LNG terminal in Swinoujscie, Poland June 8, 2017.

October 18, 2018

Saudi Arabia
Can The Oil Threat Spare Saudi Arabia from America’s Wrath?

Threatening a price hike might work in the short term, but it would come with serious costs to the kingdom’s reputation as a moderating influence on oil markets.

Saudi Arabia's Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih

October 15, 2018

Saudi Arabia
Déjà vu, Saudi Style

The longer I write about oil, the more I have become convinced that names and faces can change but the basic storylines repeat themselves. For students of history, it might be tempting to say that th…

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks as he welcomes Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 20, 2018.

October 12, 2018

Climate Change
UN Climate Report Highlights Extreme Risk to Many Regions

A recent study by noted climate scientists is particularly bad news for the planet’s most vulnerable regions, including the Arctic and small Pacific islands. 

Climate Change Flooding India

November 9, 2018

Oil and Petroleum Products
Emerging Market Contagion Could Hit the Oil Industry

This is a guest post by Benjamin Silliman, research associate for Energy Security and Climate Change at the Council on Foreign Relations.  When the Trump administration announced temporary waivers…

Turkish Lira and Dollar banknotes.

August 29, 2018

Energy and Climate Policy
Can Climate Activists and the Energy Industry Compromise?

The reality that many energy companies are getting more serious about investment in low-carbon solutions is getting lost in the political noise of the day.

Protesters march to urge politicians to act against climate change

August 28, 2018

Energy and Climate Policy
Rolling Back Energy Regulations Will Not Work Any Wonders for America

The Trump administration's rollbacks of greenhouse gas emissions will likely damage American energy production, global influence, and jobs. 

Tall buildings are shrouded in smog in downtown Salt Lake City

November 1, 2018

China
China and Russia: Collaborators or Competitors?

This is a guest post by Sophia Lian, intern for Energy and Climate Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations.  Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Beijing and Moscow’s shared goal of reorien…

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a meeting with participants of a round table discussion on Russia-China Cooperation on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia September 11, 2018

July 30, 2018

Iran
Free Flow of Oil, Strait of Hormuz, and Policing International Sea Lanes

The premium appears to be creeping back into international oil prices as markets wait to see who will be policing the sea lanes in the aftermath of a Saudi announcement that it would temporarily halt…

Fuel tanker Bahia Damas is docked to unload its shipment of fuel at the Red Sea port of Hodeida, Yemen December 24, 2017.