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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 »



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 »



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.




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 »



January 26th, 2005

Best investment climate, not cartel, will lead to success in expanding LNG production, says Victor

in the news: Boston Globe on January 22, 2005

PESD director David Victor predicts the lead countries in a global liquefied natural gas (LNG) market will not be those with the deepest reserves, but those that create the best climate for outside private investment to attract the technology needed for LNG processing. Read more »



August 31st, 2004

The Economist cites David Victor in article on the shift to natural gas

in the news: The Economist on August 26, 2004

In an August 26 article in The Economist, David Victor and PESD affiliate Amy Jaffe argue that the emergence of a global natural gas cartel is unlikely in the near future. Read more »




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