Tue, Sep 17, 2019

Fujairah and the encirclement of Saudi oil production by Iran

The latest attacks on the Arab Gulf oil industry seem to be part of a strategy by Iran to warn the Gulf states that it can block all oil shipments, if it sees fit. One of the warnings was the attack on three tankers at anchor off Fujairah in the Gulf of Oman.

EnergySource by Jean-Francois Seznec

Geopolitics & Energy Security Iran

Wed, Aug 28, 2019

Recycling is going to waste!

For decades, people in most developed countries have been carefully separating their trash into waste and recycling. They have been making sure to do their part for the environment by recycling, but do they fully understand what happens to the items they place in their blue recycling bins? Countries have been shipping the contents of […]

EnergySource by Nidhi Upadhyaya

China Energy & Environment

Mon, Aug 26, 2019

Onboard the FSO SAFER: A preview

For over a year, I.R. Consilium, a family-owned global consultancy on maritime and resource security, has been monitoring the potentially disastrous situation involving the Safer, a tanker converted into a floating storage and offloading facility (FSO) off the coast of Yemen, and we have been working to motivate action on the matter before it reaches […]

EnergySource by Rohini Ralby, Dr. David Soud, and Dr. Ian Ralby

Energy & Environment Geopolitics & Energy Security

Thu, Aug 22, 2019

Rare opportunity opens for US LNG to reach Greece-Turkey-Ukraine gas corridor

While the mainstream media’s attention is now focused on the completion of Russia’s two gas pipeline projects—Nord Stream 2 and TurkStream—exceptional, but under-reported changes are afoot in southeast Europe that could challenge Moscow’s regional dominance and geopolitical pressure and help establish a bidirectional north-south corridor linking Greece and Turkey to Ukraine along the Trans-Balkan pipeline. […]

EnergySource by Aura Sabadus

Eastern Europe Energy & Environment

Wed, Aug 21, 2019

Sanctions prompt Iran to remain relevant in the global energy calculus

The Islamic Republic is determined to push back against maximum US pressure. Iran’s actions will not only be disruptive for security of energy transportation through the Gulf but they will also increase the risk of a sudden military escalation.

EnergySource by Sara Bazoobandi

Energy & Environment Energy Markets & Governance

Mon, Aug 12, 2019

The Chinese export We should be targeting: Climate change

The Trump Administration’s trade war with China has aimed to reduce the trade deficit, but the volleys of tariffs between the US and China have impacted industries from railways to energy, and even required an aid package to keep the agriculture industry afloat. However, US trade policy should instead focus on a more menacing and enduring Chinese export, one that it does not send to the United States but whose emissions […]

EnergySource by David Yellen

China Climate Change & Climate Action

Tue, Jul 30, 2019

Nuclear energy in context: What we’re reading

The current discourse around nuclear energy reflects the extent to which the stakes have grown higher, both for environmental impact and US national security.

EnergySource by Amb. Thomas Graham, Jr. and Admiral Richard Mies

Energy & Environment Nuclear Energy

Sun, Jul 28, 2019

Gaming out the disaster: What could go wrong with the FSO Safer

In April, we sounded the alarm about how the Safer, an oil tanker converted into a floating storage and offloading facility (FSO) near the Red Sea coast of Yemen and filled with an estimated 1.1 million barrels of crude oil, was not only structurally deteriorating but might actually explode. In the past week, news outlets around […]

EnergySource by Dr. David Soud, Rohini Ralby, and Dr. Ian Ralby

Geopolitics & Energy Security Middle East

Wed, Jul 3, 2019

Urbanization and the growing demand for cooling in a warming climate: Buildings as a critical resource

One of the key drivers of increasing global electricity demand is urbanization. Although urbanization rates in industrial countries are generally above 75 percent, urbanization is still in a relatively early stage in developing countries. This is especially true in South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Southeast Asia, where electricity growth is rising rapidly and the share […]

EnergySource by Robert F. Ichord

Climate Change & Climate Action Energy & Environment

Thu, Jun 27, 2019

The current state of European energy security and transatlantic cooperation

The Issue: The transatlantic community has made significant progress leveraging global energy resources to increase energy security, thanks to advancements in renewable energy, energy efficiency, shale oil extraction, alternative source and route development, and infrastructure. However, European energy still faces security challenges and it must continue to address them. A united and well-connected Europe is […]

EnergySource by Becca Hunziker

Americas Energy & Environment


Fri, Jun 21, 2019

Kazakhstan: The thorn in the side of Russia’s energy colossus

Kazakhstan, a rising regional power in the midst of economic and political transformation, may prove to be the weak link in Russia’s energy empire.

EnergySource by Paddy Ryan

Central Asia Energy & Environment

Thu, Jun 20, 2019

Power sector transformation and emissions pathways: US and Europe in 2018

With the changes in the United States Congress in 2019 and the intensifying presidential primary election campaign, we have seen, in stark contrast to Trump Administration views, considerable attention placed by the Democrats on climate change and the ambitious vision of the Green New Deal. In Europe, the European Union (EU) Parliament has approved more […]

EnergySource by Robert F. Ichord

Energy Markets & Governance Energy Transitions

Thu, Jun 13, 2019

Nord Stream 2: From EU law to US sanctions law

Rainer Seele, the chief executive officer of Austrian energy company OMV and corporate ally of Gazprom, recently called on Europe to defend itself from the proposed US sanctions aimed to stop Nord Stream 2. It is far from clear to which ‘Europe’ Seele is referring. In December 2018, the European Parliament voted 433 to 105 […]

EnergySource by Alan Riley

Energy & Environment Energy Markets & Governance

Wed, Jun 12, 2019

Bipartisanship should prevail in the electrification of the transportation sector

Addressing climate change has become a leading topic of bipartisan discussion within the 116th Congress, with a growing number of Republicans publicly emphasizing innovation and global technological leadership. Both are central factors in the overarching dialogue around vehicle electrification, which should resonate with policy makers from both sides of the aisle. An electrification strategy to […]

EnergySource by Cherie Wilson

Americas Energy Transitions

Mon, Jun 10, 2019

A call for action on US nuclear leadership: Reflections on the Atlantic Council’s task force report

The Task Force focused on saving the existing nuclear fleet, innovation and development of new advanced reactors, challenges in the global market, and the nuclear fuel cycle and security concerns.

EnergySource by Robert F. Ichord, Jr

Americas Energy & Environment

Mon, Jun 10, 2019

A Call for Action on US Nuclear Leadership: Reflections on the Atlantic Council’s Task Force Report

The recently released Atlantic Council Task Force on US Nuclear Energy Leadership report, entitled US Nuclear Leadership: Innovation and the Global Strategic Challenge, represents a year-long effort to examine the national security implications of nuclear power for the United States. The diverse mix of policy, regulatory, industry, utility, university, and environmental interests reflected in the […]

EnergySource by Robert F. Ichord, Jr

Nuclear Nonproliferation Security & Defense

Thu, May 30, 2019

Energy governance and China’s bid for global grid integration

Energy projects have always been a major part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) infrastructure mega-plan for Eurasia. The enormity of that plan was on display at the BRI Forum last month, where an official report was released estimating that energy investments in BRI countries would add up to $27 trillion by 2050, with […]

EnergySource by Phillip Cornell

China Energy Markets & Governance

Tue, May 21, 2019

An approach to reduce unproductive flaring of natural gas: The development of new gas-to-liquid technology

Natural gas, which consists primarily of methane, accounts for nearly one quarter of global energy production. Although the shale gas boom significantly increased the supply of natural gas, natural gas cannot be transported to processing plants using existing infrastructure for petroleum. Consequently, remote sources of natural gas are in effect “stranded.” Methods to use this […]

EnergySource by Nichole Liebov, PhD

Oil and Gas

Thu, May 9, 2019

Reason for hope on climate change

If passed, new legislation would put the United States on a path toward decarbonizing its electricity sector by midcentury.

EnergySource by Matt Bowen

Energy Transitions United States and Canada

Thu, Apr 25, 2019

New energy technologies will amplify, not obviate, the need for policy frameworks

The role of new energy technologies to meet future energy demand was a focal point during the Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum (ACGEF) in Abu Dhabi. Meeting the increasing demand for energy usually raises concerns about international climate objectives. While new energy technologies promise a pathway to meet this increasing demand without sacrificing emission reduction […]

EnergySource by Mahmoud Abouelnaga

Energy Markets & Governance Energy Transitions