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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 »



February 23rd, 2010

Should oil-producing countries emulate the "Norwegian Model"?

PESD Associate Director Mark Thurber presented a paper on oil governance at the 2010 Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (ISA) held from February 17-20th in New Orleans. Read more »



April 16th, 2009

Research by the barrel, PESD's interdisciplinary NOC study featured in Stanford Report

in the news: Interaction Quarterly, Stanford Report on April 15, 2009

PESD's innovative and interdisciplinary approach to its National Oil Companies (NOC) Study is featured in the recent issue of Interaction, which explores the future of oil and those studying the complex topic across the university. 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 23rd, 2008

Why the peak oil debate misses the point in an NOC-dominated world

Op-ed: Encina Columns Summer '08

As oil prices surge through $140/barrel at the time of writing, surely one can at least count on the invisible hand of the market to drive further exploration and production and ultimately bring more supplies on line, right? Or perhaps, more ominously, high oil prices presage a darker future of shortage and conflict as global oil fields pass their geological "peak"? In fact, both positions miss a crucial point about the dynamics of the world oil market -- that it is increasingly animated by the counterintuitive behavior of the state-owned oil and gas giants that now control the vast majority of the world's hydrocarbon resources. Read more »



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 »




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