Fellows & Scholars

Kenneth B. Medlock III

Kenneth B. Medlock III, Ph.D., is the James A. Baker, III, and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics at the Baker Institute ...
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Jim Krane

Jim Krane, Ph.D., is the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute. His research addresses the geopolitical aspects of ...
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CES Updates and In the News

How Did Venezuela Go From So Rich To So Poor?

Francisco J. Monaldi, fellow in Latin American energy policy, discusses the roots of Venezuela’s current financial crises, explaining how changes late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez made to the national oil company, PDVSA, affected the country’s oil production output and long-term profitability. Listen to his full remarks on BBC World’s The Inquiry podcast: http://bbc.in/2pogoQo. | May 11, 2017, 9:43 a.m.

Groundwater Districts Fear Loss of Local Control

Texas Senate Bill 1392 would require local groundwater districts that draw water from the same aquifers to coordinate and come up with similar groundwater usage rules. Gabriel Collins, Baker Botts Fellow in Energy & Environmental Regulatory Affairs, discusses the potential impact of the legislation in an interview with Houston Public Media. | April 25, 2017, 9:10 a.m.

Exxon Mobil Denied Waiver to Drill for Oil in Russia

Following reports that Exxon Mobil had been seeking a waiver from sanctions on Russia to drill for oil in the Black Sea, the Treasury Department announced that it would not issue waivers to U.S. companies. Jim Krane, Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies, noted to Politico that “there seems to be very little upside to singling out Exxon Mobil and Russia for special treatment." Instead, had the Trump administration approved their request, it would "reek of conflict of interest," said Krane. | April 24, 2017, 4:32 p.m.

OPEC cuts production, yet oil market remains unchanged

OPEC cut its production again in March in hopes of driving up oil prices, but the move had little global impact as the U.S. and other countries maintained their oil production levels, the Houston Chronicle reports. "OPEC cuts really are a lot more effective when the oil inventories are low and markets are tight," said Jim Krane, Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies. "It's tough to get a big oil market response when markets are flush." | April 13, 2017, 10:02 a.m.

CES Calendar »

Electricity Reform in Texas: A Retrospective
June 8, 2017, 8 a.m.

Member Exclusive — Populism and U.S. Foreign Policy: A View From Washington
June 15, 2017, 8 a.m.