Saudi Arabian Oil Giant Aims to Build a Refining Empire

by | published June 16th, 2018

It wasn’t all that long ago that the U.S. was threatened with declining oil reserves and an ongoing reliance on energy imports.

Now, it has risen in the ranks to become the single-largest oil producer in the world.

With the termination of the Crude Export Ban in 2015, shipments of American oil and gas are now infiltrating the world’s busiest energy markets and changing the playing field – putting it on the precipice of global energy supremacy.

For years, America’s record-breaking production has been the focus of the U.S. oil and gas sector while neglecting, arguably, the most important part: U.S. refining.

Get Ready for the Fallout as U.S. Sanctions Deal a “Body Blow”

by | published June 14th, 2018

I’ve had a fair share of unique experiences in my life, most of which I’m not allowed to talk about due to my connection to the U.S. government.

However, there are a handful of memories that have stuck with me over the years that can serve as important life lessons. 

In fact, as I await the schedule for my next round of international meetings, the rising U.S. sanctions problem has already prompted me to recall two lessons that I have passed on to my university students over the years.

The first, choose your fights.

Second, learn how to work with those you do not like personally.

Unfortunately, nobody in the White House seems to have come to the same conclusions.

While we remain at least two months from the imposition of new U.S. sanctions against Iran, the collateral damage is already underway…