Only Security Can Buy Time for Oil-Exporters to Evolve
As energy ministers and corporate executives emerge from CeraWeek in Houston in early March 2018, it is increasingly clear that the future of OPEC is shrouded in a dark, murky liquid. The cartel’s 14 member states, including Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Iran in the Middle East, African... Read more
The Strategy of Maximal Extraction
The new U.S. energy policy of the Trump era is, in some ways, the oldest energy policy on Earth. Every great power has sought to mobilize the energy resources at its command, whether those be slaves, wind-power, coal or oil, to further its hegemonic ambitions. What makes the Trumpian... Read more
How Oil Drives Conflict
Since the breakup of the Soviet Union, Russia has used natural gas as a weapon against Ukraine and Europe as a whole. Threatening to shut off the pipes as the weather turns cold is a pretty effective way to influence foreign policy. But now it looks like one of... Read more
The Oil Pricequake
As 2015 drew to a close, many in the global energy industry were praying that the price of oil would bounce back from the abyss, restoring the petroleum-centric world of the past half-century. All evidence, however, points to a continuing depression in oil prices in 2016 — one that... Read more
The High Cost of Cheap Oil
American consumers are getting a welcome reprieve at the pump — gas is cheaper than at any point since 2008. Thanks to major shifts on both the supply and demand side of the global energy market, American families are seeing gas prices under $2 a gallon just as economic... Read more

Andrew Dobbs

Environmental activist and writer based in Austin, Texas.

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