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2016 News Items

August 2016

Via News & Observer

“Clearly, Venezuela is at the core of the downward adjustment in global oil supply triggered by the oil price drop,” wrote Luisa Palacios, a fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy and author of the study. It’s a vicious cycle,” Palacios said. “For Venezuela to solve its problems in its industry there needs to be a normalization of economics, politics and the financial situation. I don’t see this happening unless the political crisis gets solved.”

Via Bloomberg

“Venezuela will represent a growing supply risk for oil markets in 2017,” the report said. “While on average crude oil exports in the first half do not yet show an important decline from the same period a year ago, the latest data point to a deteriorating trend.”


"The U.S. will be a much smaller importer of oil in the future than anybody thought was possible a decade ago," said Jason Bordoff, a Columbia University professor and former energy policy adviser to President Obama.

Via Wall Street Journal

“Part of the weakness in Saudi Arabia is caused by crude headed to Asia from Iran,” said Jamie Webster, an adjunct research scholar at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy.

July 2016

Via Marketplace

“You know, if you suddenly don’t have enough oil out there, knowing that it is, that storage is available in lots of places in the world, that really helps with energy security,” said Jamie Webster, nonresident fellow at the Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy.

Via Financial Times

Jason Bordoff of Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy said: “In the Middle East there is huge interest in increasing gas supplies, and the US is one of the world’s cheapest sources of gas.”

Via Financial Times

Jason Bordoff of Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy said Turkey was a “hugely important transport hub” for oil and gas flows. Mr Bordoff said the turmoil in Turkey was a reminder of the importance for all energy consumers of having a wide range of suppliers. “Expanding diversity of supply provides increased energy security for when unexpected events happen,” he said.

Via Washington Post

“I’m not panicked it’s going to fall apart,” said Richard Nephew, who headed the U.S. sanctions team in negotiations until early last year. “But if we don’t see things start to improve inside Iran, it will be much more difficult for Rouhani to stay on course.”

Via Politico

“In my experience, the most challenging [cross-border] projects were the electric-transmission projects," said David Sandalow, who was DOE’s assistant secretary for policy and international affairs during President Barack Obama’s first term. “They require a fair amount of institutional cooperation on each side and require coordination between U.S. and Mexican institutions, and I would not expect to see that grow in an environment in which the overall relationship was extremely toxic,” added Sandalow, who is now the inaugural fellow at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy.

June 2016

Via New York Times

To solve today’s biggest energy problems, the I.E.A. needs to have the world’s most important energy players as part of it,” said Jason Bordoff, director of the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University.