Energy

A general view of the Blue Nile as it passes through the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which has been a flash point for tensions between Egypt and Ethiopia, on Dec. 26, 2019.

Egypt and Ethiopia Said to Be Close to Accord on Renaissance Dam

But talks in Washington haven’t yet solved the trickiest questions still looming over the dam’s impact on countries downstream.

A view of the platform of the Leviathan natural gas field in the Mediterranean Sea from the Israeli northern coastal city of Caesarea on Dec. 19, 2019.

The World’s Next Energy Bonanza

Even more than fracking, tapping oceanic methane hydrates could soon upend the global energy landscape.

Iranian mourners carry a picture of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei decorating now-slain Gen. Qassem Suleimani during his funeral procession in Tehran on Jan. 6.

Get Ready for More Mischief From Iran

An energy expert warns that Tehran will find new ways and locations to strike asymmetrically, maybe even in the Red Sea and the Bab el-Mandeb strait.

Iranians burn a U.S. flag during a demonstration in Tehran following the killing of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Maj. Gen. Qassem Suleimani

Suleimani Killing Sparks Fear of War and Economic Turmoil

Oil markets expect escalation in wake of U.S. strike on Iranian general.

Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed Taher Siala, left, and his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu

Newly Aggressive Turkey Forges Alliance With Libya

Erdogan’s latest bid to reshape the Mediterranean provides military support to Tripoli against Russian-backed rebels.

View of Tehran shops that were destroyed after nationwide demonstrations broke out in protest of fuel price hikes and led to widespread destruction of property, on Nov. 20.

Iran Protests Suggest Trump Sanctions Are Inflicting Serious Pain

The regime has survived uprisings in the past. But now it is starting to kill demonstrators in great numbers.

Activists march through Los Angeles during a climate change rally on Nov. 1.

Is the United States Really Leaving the Paris Climate Agreement?

Yes, but the process takes a long time. Final withdrawal will occur one day after the 2020 election—but Washington may still be able to get back in.

U.S. President Donald Trump holds up a "Trump Digs Coal" sign at a rally in West Virginia, one of the states hit by the coal industry's sharp decline, on Aug. 3, 2017.

Trump Can’t Save Coal Country

With eight bankruptcies in the last year—the latest this week—coal is in deep trouble again, and that could spell trouble for Trump in 2020.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador discusses Pemex.

Mexico Tries to Turn Back the Clock on Energy

Forget the energy opening: López Obrador works to restore the primacy of Pemex, the state-owned oil giant.

Sailors watch the sunset atop an F/A-18E Super Hornet on the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt in the 5th Fleet area of operations on March 23, 2018.

Iran-Saudi Crisis Resurrects an Old Question: Does the U.S. Need to Be There at All?

Trump’s reluctance to retaliate against Iran may reflect his belief that an “energy independent” United States no longer needs to protect the region.

Iranian women walk in the capital, Tehran, on Aug. 27. Iran’s economy has struggled with U.S. sanctions and could face even more after last weekend’s attack on Saudi oil facilities.

Trump Sanctions Iran Again, Inching Toward Economic Blockade

But some experts say the move is a weak response to alleged Iranian attacks on Saudi oil.

Now-departed U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton in the Oval Office with President Donald Trump at the White House on Aug. 20,

Bolton Is Gone, but Tensions With Iran Remain High

The departure of Trump’s hawkish national security advisor raised hopes in Washington, but a sudden thaw with Tehran is unlikely.

Strong winds blow sand at a wind farm in the Coachella Valley on May 6, 2019 in Palm Springs, California.

The Limits of Clean Energy

If the world isn’t careful, renewable energy could become as destructive as fossil fuels.

An employee of GASCADE Gastransport GmbH walks among sections of steel pipe stacked ahead of construction of the Eugal natural gas pipeline at Rietzneuendorf-Staakow on August 29, 2018 near Golssen, Germany.

Maximum Pressure on Germany Is a Big Mistake

New sanctions from the United States risk pushing Berlin firmly into Moscow’s geopolitical corner.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the inauguration of the newly-arrived foundation platform for the Leviathan natural gas field in the Mediterranean Sea on Jan. 31.

Israeli Energy Exports Won’t Make Europe More Pro-Israel

The natural gas discovered in the Eastern Mediterranean is so expensive to bring to market that it might never reach European consumers, let alone change the policies of EU governments.

Israel's Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz (L) speaks as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) and Noble Energy's Vice President for Major Projects George Hatfield (R) stand by during the inauguration of the newly-arrived foundation platform for the Leviathan natural gas field in the Mediterranean Sea, about 80 miles west of the Israeli city of Haifa, on January 31.

Will an Israeli Energy Boom Make the EU Pro-Israel?

Future dependency on Israeli natural gas could change the political equation for many European countries that are currently critical of Israeli policies toward Palestinians.

Turkey’s Yavuz drillship, seen from shore of the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, is one of several operating in Cypriot waters, sparking a rebuke from the European Union.

Turkey’s Big Energy Grab

Ankara is eyeing the gas reserves around Cyprus, causing yet more international tensions.

A U.S. Navy RQ-4 Global Hawk drone, an example of which is seen here on June 11, 2012, was shot down by Iranian IRGC surface-to-air missiles near the Strait of Hormuz.

Did Iran Just Invite a U.S. Attack?

“This country will not stand for it,” Trump says after drone shootdown.

The drill ship Ensco DS-7 in Limassol, Cyprus, on Feb. 28.

Gas for Peace

A virtual gas hub could create real cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean.