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

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.

Russia could soon control Houston-based CITGO

If Venezuela’s PDVSA defaults on repaying its loan to Russia, Russia’s state-owned oil company Rosneft might take over Houston-based CITGO, which PDVSA owns and used as collateral for the loan. Francisco J. Monaldi, fellow in Latin American energy policy, comments in CNN Money. | April 11, 2017, 10:25 a.m.

CES Calendar »

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

PEMEX's Strategy and Mexico's Energy Reform: Looking Ahead
May 3, 2017, 4:30 p.m.