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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 22nd, 2010

PESD releases new Working Paper titled "Adapting to Shifting Government Priorities: An Assessment of the Performance and Strategy of India's ONGC

In PESD's Working Paper #91 titled "Adapting to Shifting Government Priorities: An Assessment of the Performance and Strategy of India's ONGC," research fellow Varun Rai attempts to unpack the dynamic between India and its largest state-owned company Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) devoted to exploration and production.




November 18th, 2009

PESD research fellow Varun Rai is featured in the Harvard International Review

In a new article in the Fall 2009 issue of the Harvard International Review PESD research fellow Varun Rai discusses the critical elements of effective international carbon offsets markets. The article argues that fundamental problems of perverse incentives and huge transaction costs render the clean development mechanism (CDM) unfit as the backbone of international carbon offsets markets post-2012. Instead, the article emphasizes the need for multilateral deals around large sectors that leverage synergies between climate change benefits and the core interests of developing countries.




September 8th, 2009

The Boston Review releases Victor and Morse's "Living With Coal"

Op-ed: The Boston Review on September 9, 2009

David Victor and Richard Morse explain why coal, the world's fastest growing fossil fuel and leading source of greenhouse gas emissions, is here to stay and how climate policy can tackle this problem. Their piece is also featured in Engineering World's October/November 2009 issue.




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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