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February 8th, 2013

Misguided “Oil Scarcity Ideology” Has Distorted US National Security Policy

The “peak oil” fallacy is not new; in fact it has long inflicted real harm in the geopolitical sphere despite persistent evidence of its falsity. Roger Stern, Research Assistant Professor of Energy at the University of Tulsa’s Collins College of Business, describes in a new PESD working paper how “oil scarcity ideology” influenced US national security policy in profoundly detrimental ways from 1909 to 1980. Read more »



June 13th, 2012

Risk attitudes shapes national oil company strategies

Based on the research in Oil and Governance, PESD researchers Mark Thurber and David Hults argue that the incentives an NOC faces to take, avoid, or manage risk critically determine its strategy and whether it can achieve the particular goals of its host government. Read more »



April 17th, 2012

Thurber quoted on Argentina's planned re-nationalization of YPF

in the news: Bloomberg News on April 16, 2012

PESD associate director Mark Thurber argues in Bloomberg News that Argentina’s government should not expect a near-term boost in domestic fuel production from its planned re-nationalization of oil company YPF, which is majority-owned by Spain’s Repsol. Even over the longer term, national oil companies are not always effective instruments for serving government goals like increased domestic production. The timing is especially sensitive given the nascent development of Argentina’s massive unconventional hydrocarbon resources. Read more »



April 9th, 2012

US on the verge of becoming major coal exporter

As abundant domestic natural gas production erodes coal’s market share in the US, coal producers are looking to overseas markets for growth. At the Argus Americas Coal Summit, Richard Morse gave a presentation discussing the competitive dynamics of US coal exports in world markets. Morse argued that conditions for expansion of US steam coal exports are favorable, but key risks remain that could make or break this “globalization” of the US coal market. Read more »



February 14th, 2012

Solar lighting and charging research receives FSI funding

PESD's new research on "Solar Lighting and Phone Charging in East Africa: Understanding Adoption, Business Models, and Development Outcomes" was awarded funding from the Freeman Spogli Institute’s Global Underdevelopment Action Fund. Read more »



November 22nd, 2011

PESD Research Informs 2011 World Energy Outlook

Several PESD Working Papers helped inform the analysis of the newly released 2011 World Energy Outlook. Read more »



June 14th, 2011

Video: Morse Led the SLAC Colloquium on Coal Renaissance in a Post-Kyoto World

On Monday, June 13, 2011, as part of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory's colloquium series, Richard Morse from the Program on Energy on Sustainable Development led the talk on “Addressing the ‘Coal Renaissance’ in a Post-Kyoto World.” Morse discussed the outlook for global carbon policy, how international coal markets are evolving, and what strategies and technologies might realistically be used to reduce emissions from coal. This Included discussions on the latest developments in Europe, China, and the US in carbon policy, and an analysis of international coal markets highlighting key issues for the future of Chinese energy consumption.





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