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Oil and the Economy

Will Financial Stress in the Shale Sector Slow Production Growth?

Making a profit in the shale patch has been an uphill battle to begin with for many companies, but the latest crash in crude prices makes that task much more difficult. Bankruptcies could begin to rise if oil prices fail to rebound. Read More

topics: Bankruptcies, Oil and Gas, Permian, Shale, Shale Debt, Shale Oil Producers
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Oil and the Economy

Last-Minute Disruptions Hit Administration’s Revised Fuel Economy Rollout

The EPA's Science Advisory Board has voted to review the administration's revised fuel economy rules, as automakers urge the White House not to finalize its current proposal. Read More

topics: Automakers, EPA, Fuel Economy, Fuel Economy Standards, NHTSA, NPRM
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Energy Innovation

Can 2019 Match the EV Market’s 2018 Highs?

EV sales are off to a slow start in 2019, but automakers continue to bring out a wider range of EV options. Read More

topics: BEV, Chevy Bolt, Chevy Volt, EV tax credit, EVs, GM, PHEV, Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles, Plug-In Vehicles, Tesla
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Petropolitics

Stage Set For Difficult OPEC Meeting

Russian discontent over Saudi intentions to reduce production is a likely potential flashpoint for the upcoming meeting—but internal OPEC politics, particularly between Saudi Arabia and Iran, mean this summit is rife with tension that threatens to upset proceedings. Read More

topics: Iran, Iraq, OPEC, Russia, Saudi Arabia
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Oil and the Economy

Softer Fed Stance Signals Growing Economic Concerns

Looser monetary policy would help commodity markets, but the Fed’s softening line also highlights the growing fear of an economic slowdown. Read More

topics: Economy, Federal Reserve, Interest Rates, oil, Oil Prices
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Petropolitics

Economic Concerns Take Pressure Off OPEC+ Action

The members of the OPEC+ coalition have different economic incentives. Most member countries are producing as much as they can and have little scope for higher output, so they are on board with an extension of production cuts. Read More

topics: Oil Prices, OPEC, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Shale Oil
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Oil and the Economy

Petroleum Engineering Enrollment is in Decline: Should Industry Worry?

The future appears bright for the nation’s new petroleum engineer graduates—except there are fewer of them entering the workforce than at any time in the last four years Read More

topics: Careers, Jobs, oil, Petroleum engineering, Petroleum industry, Shale, Texas
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Autonomous Vehicles

When is a steering wheel not just a steering wheel?

The exemption process is critical to allow for continued innovation in our transportation system and for continuing the dialogue between industry, government, and external stakeholders. Read More

topics: AVs, Cruise, GM, Nuro, Self-Driving Cars
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Oil and the Economy

Trade War Threatens Oil Markets

Crude oil could be much more expensive if not for the U.S.-China trade war—but the danger is that the trade war tips the global economy into a deeper downturn. Read More

topics: China, LNG, oil, Oil and Gas Trade, Oil Demand, Oil Prices, Trade War
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Petropolitics

Market Buoyed by OPEC+ Rhetoric and Falling Venezuelan Production

Any decision to reduce oil inventories OPEC's upcoming meeting will be greatly helped by Venezuela’s declining oil production, which has just fallen to its lowest levels since January 2003. Read More

topics: OPEC, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela
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Petropolitics

Infrastructure Week Hearings Point Toward U.S. Solutions for Fallout From Rising Mideast Tensions

The oil price increase sparked by the recent attacks on Saudi oil tankers is concerning for the United States, because oil is the lifeblood of the American economy. Read More

topics: 5G, Geopolitical Risk, Iran, Oil Prices, Saudi Arabia, Strait of Hormuz
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Petropolitics

Geopolitical Risk Rises For Oil

A series of apparent attacks on oil infrastructure in the Arabian Peninsula thrusted geopolitical risk to the forefront of market concerns. Against a backdrop of an already tightening supply-demand balance, the possibility of a serious supply outage poses a major risk to market stability. Read More

topics: Iran, OPEC, Saudi Arabia, Strait of Hormuz, UAE
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Autonomous Vehicles

Race to Secure Strategic Minerals Gaining National Urgency

The United States is losing the global battery arms race to China, with significant potential energy security consequences Read More

topics: China, Electric vehicle batteries, Electric Vehicles, Lithium, Lithium Ion, Made in China 2025, Strategic minerals
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Oil and the Economy

Oil Majors Post Poor First Quarter

The poor performance in the first three months of the year has not put a dent in confidence among top oil executives who see stronger profits later this year and next, although plenty of uncertainty remains. Read More

topics: BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, LNG, oil, Royal Dutch Shell, Total
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Energy Innovation

Blocked Chinese Ministry Website Foreshadows Wider Sino-U.S. Tech Competition

China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology website has been blocked to international visitors—a move some observers believe is a precursor to rising Sino-U.S. competition in technology and industry. Read More

topics: China, Electric Vehicles, EVs, Lithium Batteries, Made in China 2025
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Energy Innovation

New Report Highlights 5G’s Connected Vehicle Benefits

In combination with new and innovative technologies, high-speed wireless networks will transform the United States’ transportation system and generate billions of dollars in economic benefits—but only if the FCC gives mobile carriers access to vital mid-band portions of the spectrum. Read More

topics: 5G, Autonomous cars, autonomous vehicles, China, DSRC, FCC, Self-Driving Cars, V2X
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Petropolitics

Supply Risks Mount Even as Oil Market Sees Balance

Between Iran, Libya and Venezuela, the seeds of a major disruption to the oil market have already been sown. A significant outage in one could push the market into deficit. Read More

topics: China, India, Iran, Libya, Oil Prices, Trump administration, Venezuela
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Oil and the Economy

Memorial Day Gas Prices Expected to Hit Six-Year High

On April 29 the national average gasoline price reached a new 2019 high of $2.97 per gallon—already matching last year's high—with a variety of factors expected to push prices even higher. Read More

topics: Brent, gas prices, Iran Sanctions, OPEC, Venezuela, WTI