Energy and Environment News

Energy and Environment News

March 26, 2015

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Oil.  Oil prices surged by more than 6% today amid escalating violence in the Middle East.  While it does not appear that oil flows in the region were disrupted, Saudi Arabian involvement stoked market fears that a wider conflict may soon impact the oil-rich region.  WSJ

Energy Outlook.  New data from the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics and the Federal Highway Administration indicates that low fuel prices and a growing economy are indeed increasing the volume of consumer travel.  Specifically, traffic on U.S. highways has grown more in the past 12 months than in the previous two-and-a-half years — confirming assumptions that strong fuel demand will keep global crude prices at $55 – $60 per barrel amid increasing global oil production and inventories.  Reuters

Energy Policy.  The New York Times notes that a reputable Harvard legal scholar, Laurence Tribe, has garnered public attention for his attacks on the constitutionality of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan.  Professor Tribe asserts that the Clean Power Plan violates the 10th Amendment by permitting the federal government to take control of state institutions — a reading of the Constitution that invalidates both the Clean Power Plan and the National Ambient Air Quality Standards under the Clean Air Act.  NY Times

Energy and Environment News

Energy and Environment News

March 25, 2015

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Energy Policy.  The Supreme Court heard 90 minutes of oral argument today on whether the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should have considered the costs to coal-and oil-fired plants before deciding whether to require plants to cut emissions — a key part of the Obama administration’s environmental agenda.  The Court appeared deeply divided over the issue, as more liberal justices (e.g., Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg) generally voiced support for the EPA in imposing the regulations, while more conservative justices (e.g., Justice Antonin Scalia) asserted that the regulations represented a “classic” violation by a federal agency to impose rules without considering exorbitant costs.  WSJ

Oil.  According to a senior Gulf OPEC delegate, stronger than expected global oil demand will likely keep crude prices at $55 – $60 per barrel despite indications of a growing glut.  The statement is contrary to some forecasts that the U.S. supply glut will push global prices toward $20 a barrel — and suggests that OPEC officials remain confident in their decision to boost demand and defend market share.  Reuters

Natural Gas.  According to a study by two Brookings scholars, hydraulic fracturing (also known as fracking) has directly translated into an economic boom — predominantly through the channel of declining natural gas prices.  Specifically, the authors found that the fracking revolution caused gas prices to drop 47% compared with prices before the shale boom, leading to approximately $200 in energy savings per year for gas-consuming households across the United States.  Brookings

Solar.  The editors at Bloomberg View note that residential solar customers not only use less electricity, but also pay less toward the cost of maintaining and operating the electrical grid.  The problem — coined “solar freeloading” — effectively becomes a regressive tax on energy because customers without expensive solar panels end up paying more toward grid costs through their electricity bills.  The editors suggest that monthly fees on solar customers present a fair and simple solution.  Bloomberg

Keybridge’s Wescott and Pioneer Investments Publish Note on “The Oil Conundrum”

Keybridge’s Wescott and Pioneer Investments Publish Note on “The Oil Conundrum”

Special Report on Macroeconomic Trends and Financial Markets written by Dr. Robert Wescott and Pioneer Investments specialists analyzes the implications of the 50% decline in oil prices. Dr. Wescott suggests that falling oil prices may be a catalyst for major change in the geopolitical landscape, the economy and interest rates going forward. For more information on Keybridge’s macroeconomic expertise, please contact us at info@keybridgedc.com

Link: Pioneer Macro Advisory Note

 

Keybridge’s Wescott Roundtable Talk on Global Economic Outlook at Oxford Analytica’s 30th International Conference

Keybridge’s Wescott Roundtable Talk on Global Economic Outlook at Oxford Analytica’s 30th International Conference

Dr. Robert F. Wescott was a headline speaker at Oxford Analytica’s 30th International Conference in Oxford, England. Dr. Wescott discussed the outlook for the global economy in 2014, focusing specifically on QE, the banking sector, Japan, China, and the Euro Peripheral countries. For more information on Keybridge’s latest economic outlook, please contact us at info@keybridgedc.com.

Related Documents: “Global Economy: Austerity’s End?

 

Keybridge’s Wescott Discusses Global Economic Outlook at Oxford Analytica’s 30th International Conference

Keybridge’s Wescott Discusses Global Economic Outlook at Oxford Analytica’s 30th International Conference

Dr. Robert F. Wescott was a headline speaker at Oxford Analytica’s 30th International Conference in Oxford, England. Dr. Wescott discussed the outlook for the global economy in 2014, focusing specifically on QE, the banking sector, Japan, China, and the Euro Peripheral countries. For more information on Keybridge’s latest economic outlook, please contact us at info@keybridgedc.com.

Link: “Global Economy: Austerity’s End?”