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2011-12-02 01:56:58

Despite aggressive demand-management policies announced in recent years, China's oil use could easily reach levels comparable to today's U.S. levels by 2040, according to a new energy study by the Baker Institute. The study's authors said this finding has timely significance because China's growing energy use could continue to pose a major challenge for global climate deliberations in South Africa this week. The study, "The Rise of China and Its Energy Implications," finds that China's...

2011-11-15 20:49:36

Sixty percent of people arrested for Islamic terrorist activities between January 2009 and April 2011 were American citizens, according to a new report from Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. The study of 104 people who were arrested included U.S. and non-U.S. citizens living in America or abroad. The report, "Analyzing the Islamic Extremist Phenomenon in the United States: A Study of Recent Activity," was authored by Joan Neuhaus Schaan, fellow in homeland security at...

2011-03-09 18:34:54

U.S. researchers who collaborate with international scientists are more likely to have their work cited than peers who do not utilize overseas expertise, according to a new study released this week by Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. U.S. collaborators with international scientists are also more likely to receive greater recognition and produce work with greater impact. The study, "International Stem Cell Collaboration: How Disparate Policies Between the United States and...

2010-09-27 17:42:51

Electric cars hold greater promise for reducing emissions and lowering U.S. oil imports than a national renewable portfolio standard, according to research conducted by Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. This assessment is among several contained in a new major policy study the Baker Institute Energy Forum will release at a Sept. 27-28 conference titled "Energy Market Consequences of an Emerging U.S. Carbon Management Policy." The study comprises several academic working...

2010-01-06 12:27:02

Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy paper cites economic, environmental and logistical shortcomings The United States needs to fundamentally rethink its policy of promoting ethanol to diversify its energy sources and increase energy security, according to a new policy paper by Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. The paper, "Fundamentals of a Sustainable U.S. Biofuels Policy," questions the economic, environmental and logistical basis for the billions of...

2009-09-21 08:47:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At Rice University's James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy Friday, His Excellency Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, detailed his vision for the future of Equatorial Guinea. Speaking as a guest of the Institutes' Energy Forum, President Obiang detailed specific successes in the country during its short history and outlined plans for the continued investment of natural resource revenue, the...

2009-08-27 14:44:15

A new policy paper by Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy shows a clear increase in the size and influence of noncommercial traders, or "speculators," in the oil futures market since regulations were eased by the Commodities Futures Modernization Act of 2000. Speculators now constitute about 50 percent of those holding outstanding positions in the U.S. oil futures market, compared with only about 20 percent prior to 2002. The report also finds that the correlation between oil...

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2009-05-08 07:25:55

Rising shale gas production in the United States and Canada as well as potential natural gas supplies from Iraq could be pivotal in curbing Russia's ability to organize an "energy weapon" against European consumers, according to a new study released today by Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. The study, "Russia and the Caspian States and the Global Energy Balance," examines Russia's evolving energy relations with its Caspian neighbors, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting...

2008-08-03 03:00:24

By Foster, John Bellamy The rise in overt militarism and imperialism at the outset of the twenty-first century can plausibly be attributed largely to attempts by the dominant interests of the world economy to gain control over diminishing world oil supplies.1 Beginning in 1998 a series of strategic energy initiatives were launched in national security circles in the United States in response to: (1) the crossing of the 50 percent threshold in U.S. importation of foreign oil; (2) the...

2005-09-28 10:55:38

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Gasoline demand during the evacuation of the Texas and Louisiana coasts before Hurricane Rita's landfall resulted in the United States essentially enduring a second Labor Day weekend in terms of heavy driving, analysts at Rice University said on Wednesday. Normal consumption of gasoline in the Houston region is about 22 million gallons per day, researchers said. In the days leading to Rita, when more than 2 million people fled the area, consumption more than...


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