Is Saudi Arabia Quietly Trying to Help Europe's Oil Consumers?
The Saudi leadership has repeatedly rebuffed requests from President Biden and leaders of oil-importing countries to accelerate production increases. But recent price differentials could signal an intent to quietly steer crude into Europe to replace Russian supplies, writes the author. Read the post on the Baker Institute Blog. This article originally appeared in the Forbes blog on May 4, 2022.
Mark Finley May 4, 2022
Poland and Bulgaria Gas Cutoff: ‘Closing Time’ for Gazprom’s Eurozone Cash Flows
What would happen if Russian gas stopped flowing to Europe? After recent gas cutoffs to Poland and Bulgaria, other countries’ decision on gas imports from Russia need to represent a definitive, unifying statement that time for Russian dominance over EU gas imports is over, write the authors. Read the post on the Baker Institute Blog. This article originally appeared in the Forbes blog on May 3, 2022.
Anna Mikulska, Kamila Pronińska May 3, 2022
U.S. LNG ‘GasLift’ Floods European Terminals Ahead of Russia Gas Cutoff
How can a U.S. response help Europe if Russian gas cuts off energy supplies of more countries following Poland and Bulgaria? The authors explain why currently, more drastic actions by the U.S. could prove counterproductive, unnecessary and harmful to U.S. trade policy. Read the post on the Baker Institute Blog. This article originally appeared in the Forbes blog on May 2, 2022.
Anna Mikulska, Steven R. Miles May 2, 2022
Financial Impacts and Operational Implications of Private Equity Acquisition of U.S. Hospitals
A study of U.S. hospitals acquired by private equity firms found improved financial performance — and that patient throughput (or the process of admitting, treating and discharging patients) increased while staffing decreased.
Vivian Ho, Anaeze C. Offodile II May 2, 2022
Association Between Hospital Private Equity Acquisition and Outcomes of Acute Medical Conditions Among Medicare Beneficiaries
A study found that private equity acquisition of hospitals had no substantial association with the patient-level outcomes examined, although it was associated with a moderate improvement in mortality among Medicare beneficiaries hospitalized with acute myocardial infarction.
Anaeze C. Offodile II May 2, 2022
Our New Afghan Neighbors: The Challenges and Opportunities of Afghan Resettlement to Houston
Following the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan last summer, the world witnessed one of the largest and most rapid humanitarian evacuation missions in U.S. history. Since then, Afghan evacuees have faced numerous challenges in seeking resettlement in the United States.
Ana Martín Gil, Fazal Muzhary, Kelsey Norman April 25, 2022
Houston Energy Dialogues: Executive Summary
On August 31, 2021, Energy Dialogues and the Center for Energy Studies hosted the Houston Energy Dialogues for the fifth consecutive year. Co-sponsors of this event were Sempra LNG, Schlumberger and Validere. As in previous years, the dialogues provided a platform for in-depth conversations about the energy industry involving representatives from government, industry, academia, environmental groups and regulatory bodies. Resiliency was a central theme. This report summarizes the day's discussions.
Kenneth B. Medlock III April 11, 2022
Need Nickel? How Electrifying Transport and Chinese Investment Are Playing Out in the Indonesian Archipelago
The authors examine tensions in nickel supply and value chains within the context of broad aspirations to electrify transport. Through their case study, which focuses on China’s growing presence in Indonesian nickel extraction and processing, they contend that China is positioning itself as a gatekeeper to the energy transition — with vast implications for strategic planning in the United States.
Michelle Michot Foss, Jacob Koelsch April 11, 2022