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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 »



October 13th, 2008

Nobel laureate outlines strategy to reduce nuclear proliferation risk

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In Issues in Science and Technology this month, PESD senior fellow and Nobel laureate in physics, Burton Richter, discusses how the international political community might address proliferation risk inherent in the expansion of nuclear energy. +HTML+ +PDF+
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September 10th, 2008

David Victor reviews Thomas Friedman's 'Hot, Flat, and Crowded'

in the news: New York Times on September 9, 2008

Thomas Friedman's new book "Hot, Flat, and Crowded" decries the perils of dependence on fossil fuels and calls for a Green Revolution to sweep American politics and stimulate the economy. Read more »



November 9th, 2007

Indian gas study findings released

PESD researcher Mike Jackson concludes that coal is likely to remain in the Indian power sector, but opportunities exist for gas in peak power. For the fertilizer sector, political constraints will buoy gas demand despite significant opportunities for cheaper fertilizer imports. Industrial consumers will displace expensive liquid fuels with LNG, but cheap coal remains the dominant fuel. +PDF+
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December 12th, 2006

A crude awakening: Five FSI scholars talk to Stanford magazine about energy security

CISAC, CDDRL, FSI Stanford News

Michael May, Michael McFaul, Scott Sagan, David Victor, and John Weyant talk to Stanford magazine for the November/December cover story on energy security. It's not our oil dependence that's the problem, say these scholars - it's our vulnerability to oil producers who use revenues for political purposes that work against our own. Read more »



July 5th, 2006

Natural Gas and Geopolitics: From 1970 to 2040 book released

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The anticipated title from Cambridge University Press has been released in hard-cover and is available for purchase. Edited by PESD director, David Victor, Rice professor Amy Jaffe, and PESD fellow Mark Hayes, the book sheds light on the political challenges which may accompany a shift to a natural gas-fed world. +PDF+ +BUY+
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May 9th, 2006

PESD Director David Victor addresses chaotic world of energy policy

Op-ed: Financial Times (London) on May 9, 2006

The world's energy system seems to have come unhinged. Oil is trading at record high prices because demand keeps rising even as supplies become unreliable. Oil exporters from Iran to Russia and Venezuela are using their petrocash to pursue agendas that undercut western security and interests. Supplies of natural gas also seem less secure than ever. Read more »




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