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Reports of shale's death greatly exaggerated

"The oil industry is still under immense pressure," but warnings of shale's demise are overstated, said energy fellow Mark Finley. “All of the other factors matter, but not as much as what the price does. The key will be can the industry keep its cost under control as it gets back to work.” Read more at the Washington Examiner. | April 15, 2021, 2:19 p.m.

Breaking the citizenship taboo in the UAE

The United Arab Emirates' decision to extend citizenship to a select group of highly skilled expatriates comes as “competition for expatriate talent is heating up,” energy fellow Jim Krane told MEI@75. The UAE’s citizenship initiative may represent an attempt to create “a class of educated citizen elites who can push the private sector to outperform those in neighboring countries," he said. | April 8, 2021, 10 a.m.

Ditching plastic packaging at supermarkets

"Our consumerism drives demand in plastics," energy fellow Rachel Meidl told Salon. "The widespread use of plastics is driven by our desire for convenient, portable, lightweight products." | April 6, 2021, 12:36 p.m.

Diving into the Texas grid collapse

Ken Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies, joins the Grid Talk podcast to explore the causes of last month's power grid failure — and whether knowledge gained after a similar cold snap in 2011 could have prevented the disaster. | March 21, 2021, 1:05 p.m.