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October 30, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Bill Weld, Republican Presidential Candidate

Bill Weld was the first Republican to officially announce he would challenge Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination. Weld knows that his bid faces long odds. Roughly nine out of ten …

Bill Weld

November 11, 2011

Mexico
Mexico’s Interior Minister Blake Mora Dies in Helicopter Crash

Mexico's Former Interior Minister Blake Mora applauds during a discussion with victims of the violence in Mexico City (Courtesy Reuters). Mexico’s interior minister, Jose Francisco Blake Mora a…

Mexico’s Interior Minister Blake Mora Dies in Helicopter Crash

October 24, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Mark Sanford, Republican Presidential Candidate

Donald Trump’s approval rating among Republican voters hovers around 90 percent. Numbers that high normally mean no primary challenge. But the Trump presidency has been anything but normal. Former So…

Mark Sanford

June 26, 2013

Cyber Threats to Oil and Gas Supplies: How Much of a Worry Are They?

What harm could a cyber attack do to oil and gas production? Could it cause a catastrophic if temporary loss in supplies, sending prices soaring?  Does it pose a serious threat to oil companies’ oper…

March 29, 2013

China
The End of Energy as We Know It… In Three Graphs

Want to understand the energy challenges the world might face in the future? There are few better places to turn than this year’s BP Energy Outlook to 2030, an annual publication that shows the compa…

The End of Energy as We Know It… In Three Graphs

March 27, 2013

Technology and Innovation
Three Graphs That Resource Pessimists Don’t Want You to See

My last post noted that inflation-adjusted natural resource prices—even for exhaustible resources—tend to fall over time. This trend surprises people who think that prices are doomed to rise indefini…

Three Graphs That Resource Pessimists Don’t Want You to See

March 22, 2013

Technology and Innovation
Bad News for Pessimists Everywhere: Malthus Was Wrong

There is a tempting intuition to the idea that the real prices of non-renewable goods like coal, iron ore, or oil should rise, more or less, forever. It’s an easy argument to make, and it sounds righ…

Bad News for Pessimists Everywhere: Malthus Was Wrong

March 15, 2013

Fossil Fuels
Could the North American Shale Boom Happen Elsewhere?

The dramatic takeoff in oil and gas production in the United States and Canada over the last half decade has left many people asking whether a similar boom will happen in other countries. It’s a good…

February 22, 2013

Fossil Fuels
Asking the Right Questions About Changes in Derivative Markets

As part of a book I’m working on, I’ve spent some time wading through the econometric literature on speculation in commodity markets, oil in particular. This body of research tries to shed light on h…

Asking the Right Questions About Changes in Derivative Markets

February 21, 2013

Fossil Fuels
Oil Market Volatility, Part Two

In a post earlier this month, I showed that by some measures crude oil price volatility is nearing a low ebb historically, though looking at historical volatility in isolation can mask the magnitude …

Oil Market Volatility, Part Two