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Shaky Ground: How the Disposal of Wastewater from Oil Production Increases the Risk of Earthquakes in Oklahoma

Since the early 2000s, there has been an increase in the number of earthquakes observed near oil and gas exploration...

Is China ‘Unseating’ the US in the Middle East in a New Energy Landscape?

In light of the United States’ reduced need for oil imports, more West African and Latin American producers are competing with China’s traditional Middle Eastern suppliers for market share. The fall in global oil prices, due to increasing supply and slowing demand since mid-2014, has been an economic boon for China. China’s decision makers, however, still view the country’s high dependency on imported oil as a source of vulnerability. While China will continue to expand its commercial footprint in the Middle East, its appetite for a deeper security engagement remains limited.

Into Sub-Saharan Africa: Spillover Effects of China’s Economic Boom Through Trade

China’s domestic investment activities prove as strong stimulus to direct trade expansion for its partners in Africa.

Paradox of Subsidy: Could Biofuel subsidies be increasing CO2 emissions?

A new study finds that biofuel subsidies from 1981-2011 paradoxically may have led to the increase in oil production and greenhouse gas emissions.

Discounts at the Pump: How Much is Cheap Gas Really Costing Us?

Gasoline and diesel subsidies have been criticized for encouraging excess consumption, but the total global economic cost is truly staggering, representing an annual welfare loss worth four percent of the total market for fuel.

Analyzing Income Distribution: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Mexico’s Social Spending

Data from Mexico indicate that the type of government social spending - indirect vs. direct subsidies - leads to different outcomes in terms of poverty reduction and income redistribution.

Natural Gas: A Bubble of Expectation?

Dimiter Kenarov discusses the emerging shale gas industry's impact on residents in surrounding communities, particularly in Poland and Pennsylvania

Fueling the Fire: Azerbaijan, Iran, and the World’s Energy

Azerbaijan’s ambassador to the U.S. discusses international energy policy in an increasingly complex geopolitical atmosphere

China’s Thirst for Energy

China's insatiable thirst for energy means climate change is inevitable.

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Iranian Sanctions: New Wine in Old Bottles?

The oil embargo against Iran will hurt that country's economy. But it could also have adverse effects in the EU.

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