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A motorist drives past a parking lot full of new Tesla electric vehicles in Richmond, California, U.S. June 22, 2018. (REUTERS/Stephen Lam)

What States, Cities, and Corporations can do in the Face of Federal Resistance to the Clean Transportation Transition

Stefan Koester is an intern with the Energy Security and Climate Change program at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a graduate student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Read More

July 30, 2018

Iran
Free Flow of Oil, Strait of Hormuz, and Policing International Sea Lanes

The premium appears to be creeping back into international oil prices as markets wait to see who will be policing the sea lanes in the aftermath of a Saudi announcement that it would temporarily halt oil shipments via the Bab el-Mandeb Strait. The Saudi announcement came after two of its oil-laden tankers were attacked by Yemeni Houthi militias.

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July 16, 2018

Russia
The Oil Context of the Trump-Putin Meeting

There appears to be a list of conflicts and other kinds of issues that U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin touched upon during their meeting in Helsinki, and progress on any of them is bound to be slow. Oil made a headline during Putin’s remarks in the public session: Specifically, Putin reminded the U.S. president in front of the international media that “neither of us is interested in the plummeting of (oil) prices and the consumers will suffer as well” and called out oil as an area for collaboration, as expected.

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July 9, 2018

Russia
Will Energy Be Part of the U.S.-Russia Helsinki Summit?

Navigating the geopolitical domain surrounding energy is always difficult, but in the lead-up to the U.S.-Russia summit in Helsinki, it is particularly complex. While energy is unlikely to be a first order item for the summit, a number of topics likely to be raised could intersect with energy issues. Senior Russian officials have been vocal about energy related items in the run-up to the July 16 meeting, perhaps hoping that recent oil market volatility will give Moscow a leg up to make the usual pitch about the positive role its energy trade can have in the bilateral relationship.

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