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August 12th, 2008

Victor Pulls Back the Curtain; OPEC is No Wizard of the Oil Markets

Op-ed: Newsweek on August 1, 2008

In a climate of extremely volatile energy prices, OPEC is taking directions from the market, not calling the shots. David Victor's analysis of OPEC's price targets and quotas illuminate the cartel's diminished influence.




July 15th, 2008

PESD releases case study of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation

In a region popularly associated with monolithic states controlling secretive but effective national oil companies, Kuwait presents a surprising picture of bitterly divided government and a chaotic and fragmented oil sector. PESD affiliate Paul Stevens dissects the historical legacies and tangled webs of interaction with government that explain the current performance and erratic strategy of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation.




April 18th, 2008

Newsweek: Victor looks at problems with Mexico's national oil company, effect on oil markets

Op-ed: Newsweek on April 17, 2008

What to do about Mexico's oil company, Pemex, may seem like a parochial issue of interest only to Mexicans and a few oil industry executives. But the matter should be of concern to anybody who is wondering when oil will come down off its near-record highs. 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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September 17th, 2007

China gas model shows regional air quality concerns one means to mitigate GHGs

PESD researcher BinBin Jiang, working with collaborators in three coastal provinces, releases a new paper that estimates demand for natural gas in China. The study shows that gas competes mainly in niche markets but can't unseat coal for power generation unless very tight regulations on local air pollution are applied. If local pollution is regulated, however, the study suggests that China would also make a substantial dent in its CO2 emissions. +PDF+
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August 27th, 2007

PESD associate reports to Boston Globe on unclean oil alternatives

in the news: Boston Globe on August 19, 2007

Mike Jackson suggests carbon policies to guide energy projects towards cleaner technologies at times of high oil prices Read more »



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 »




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