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

Exxon Mobil may abandon Canadian oil reserves

Energy companies like Exxon Mobil Corp. could abandon plans to tap into reserves in Canada’s oil sands, as high extraction costs and a Canadian carbon tax make extraction unprofitable, The Wall Street Journal reports. “For a lot of reasons the oil sands look like a prime candidate for eventual abandonment,” said energy fellow Jim Krane. “One problem is that costs are persistently higher. The high carbon content only makes it worse.” | Feb. 28, 2017, 10 a.m.

OPEC could breach agreement, increase oil production

OPEC members have so far complied with an agreement to limit oil production. But energy fellow Jim Krane says some members could be tempted to increase their production this summer to meet rising demand. | Feb. 15, 2017, 5:39 p.m.

An Investment Revival in the Permian Basin

Austin-based Parsley Energy announced a $2.8 billion land purchase in the Permian Basin, the latest in a series of major investments in the region. Center for Energy Studies senior director said the acquisition is a sign that "we’re seeing the birth of a new Permian Basin.” | Feb. 10, 2017, 8:42 a.m.

Shale Producers Face Tough Challenges Rebuilding Equipment, Manpower

Fellows Gabriel Collins and Kenneth B. Medlock, III, assessed the ability of shale producers to quickly scale-up in a recent Baker Institute issue brief. Their work was highlighted in subsequent journal articles. | Jan. 31, 2017, 11:22 a.m.

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The Will to Lead: America’s Indispensable Role in the Global Fight for Freedom
April 3, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

Opportunities for U.S. Companies Under Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 Plan
May 2, 2017, 6 p.m.