Max Pyziur Publishes “There Will Be Gas”

EPRINC’s Director of Downstream, Transportation Fuels, & Natural Gas Projects Max Pyziur has published a new paper entitled “There Will Be Gas” in which he assesses the U.S. natural gas supply in light of the recent low-price environment. He writes:

“With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, world and U.S. crude oil prices collapsed. Price recovery is underway but it will take time before prices recover to $40-$50/bbl. These low prices are resulting in large reductions in U.S. crude oil production and its associated gas output. However, the U.S. resource base for natural gas, both dedicated (non-associated) and associated, remains vast. Companies may go bankrupt, but the geologic formations remain. A central question for policy makers and the U.S. petroleum industry is whether the current downturn in crude oil prices, particularly if it persists for a considerable period of time, will substantially alter the outlook for large and competitively priced natural gas supplies as a feedstock for LNG. This EPRINC report evaluates the potential for the U.S. to remain competitive as a major provider of LNG to the world market in a low oil price environment and what policies, if any, should be implemented to sustain the competitive outlook for the U.S.”

Max’s paper can be found here.

EPRINC’s Emily Medina Interviewed on Mexican National TV for El Financiero Bloomberg

EPRINC Fellow Emily Medina was interviewed on April 30, 2020 by El Financiero Bloomberg, which aired on national television in Mexico. She discussed the financial situation of Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), and pointed out that “it is time for the Government to plan a strategy that adapts to the current environment.” A link to the El Financiero Twitter account which has a clip of that interview is here, please note that the interview is in Spanish. Emily has written up an English summary of the interview, which can be found here.

EPRINC’s Lucian Pugliaresi and Larry Goldstein Publish a Commentary on Policy Responses to the Current Crisis in the World Oil Market in Real Clear Energy

EPRINC President Lucian Pugliaresi and former EPRINC President Larry Goldstein have written a piece for Real Clear Energy entitled “Oil Quotas and Import Fees? No, Get America Back to Work.” In this piece, they examine the current issues in petroleum in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, as demand destruction coincides with an oversupplied market. They write about their concerns with oil quotas and import fees as realistic solutions to this issue, and provide their thoughts on a possible solution. Click here to read their article.

Federal Gasoline Taxes

Nobody wants to see their gasoline taxes go up, but the federal excise tax on gasoline has remained at 18.4 cents a gallon since 1993. Could it play a role in helping to get tax reform approved and should it be adjusted at least for inflation? Lucian Pugliaresi, Larry Goldstein, and Will Pack take us through a short analysis on the gasoline tax, its upside as a revenue raiser and potential instrument for regulatory reform in the transportation fuels sector and its downside as a regressive tax. The paper can be found here.

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