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August 11, 2022

Energy and Environment
How the U.S. Oil and Gas Industry Works

The United States is the world’s top producer of oil and natural gas. Its decision to either continue at this pace or curb production to achieve its climate goals will have global consequences.

An oil refinery is seen from above at night. Lights shine throughout the refinery and a U.S. flag hangs in the center.

December 22, 2021

COVID-19
What Is the Defense Production Act?

Presidents Trump and Biden have turned to the Defense Production Act to procure critical medical supplies during the coronavirus pandemic. What does the law do?

March 24, 2022

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Biden Visits Poland, Anxiety Over Oil Prices, and More

U.S. President Joe Biden travels to Poland as Russia’s war in Ukraine enters a new phase, leaders from OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) and its allies convene virtually to dis…

Podcast U.S. President Joe Biden participates in a virtual meeting about mineral supply chains and clean energy manufacturing in the South Court Auditorium of the White House complex February 22, 2022 in Washington, DC. Earlier in the day, President Biden spoke about the Ukraine-Russia crisis and announced a first round of sanctions against Russia.

March 24, 2021

Nigeria
Nigerian Lawmakers Consider a Petroleum Investment Bill

Nigerian lawmakers are seeking passage of a Petroleum Industry Bill that would reorganize the oil industry. Since the establishment of civilian government in 1999 after a generation of military rule, repeated attempts at passing a PIB have been made.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is seated, wearing traditional dress, while signing a bill into law.

September 23, 2022

Iran
The Islamic Republic’s Power Centers

Who calls the shots in Iran on economic policy, security, and domestic calls for reform? A look at the government’s organization chart indicates how complicated the answer is.

Close up of Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei giving an address

September 26, 2022

Democratic Republic of Congo
What’s Behind the DRC’s Decision to Auction Off Some of Its Rain Forest?

The Congolese government is letting energy firms bid for access to its vast oil and gas reserves, raising concerns about the potential climate consequences.

January 7, 2021

Southeast Asia
Cambodia Begins Oil Production, But Who Will Benefit?

Late last year, Cambodia finally began oil production, from offshore fields in the Gulf of Thailand. A joint venture between the Cambodian government and Singaporean company KrisEnergy Ltd started pr…

Chairman of the KrisEnergy Group Tan Ek Kia (L) shakes hands with Cambodian Minister of Economy and Finance Aun Pornmoniroth during a signing ceremony in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on August 23, 2017.

September 28, 2022

Saudi Arabia
The Saudi Exception

The U.S.-Saudi relationship is fraught with complications. Saudi Arabia has the largest oil reserves in the world, giving it influence over what Americans pay at the gas pump. At the same time, the k…

Podcast MBS and Biden

May 1, 2020

Iraq
Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Iraq’s Pledge to Cut Oil Production

Iraq faces an uphill battle in meeting its obligations to the historic production cut agreement reached by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other major producers such as R…

A worker wears a protective mask, following an outbreak of coronavirus, at Nahr Bin Umar oil field, north of Basra, Iraq March 15, 2020.

July 26, 2018

NAFTA
Oil Production Has Moved North, and Auto Production South

Both Mexico and the U.S. are in a sense adjusting to (mild) oil shocks ...

Oil Production Has Moved North, and Auto Production South