Noteby Trevor Houser | February 9, 2012 Washington and Brussels are trying to curb Iranian oil revenue in a bid to convince Tehran to abandon its nuclear weapons program. But it appears financial sanctions imposed by the West are having a more immediate impact on what Iran buys from abroad rather than what it sells. Reports this week suggest Iranian companies are finding it increasingly difficult to import food, raising the specter of a political crisis ahead of the parliamentary elections on March 2nd. Tehran is trying to a get around the issue by bartering food for oil, but a close look at the data suggests this will only be a partial solution at best.
Noteby Trevor Houser and Shashank Mohan | January 17, 2012 As US sanctions against the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) start to bite and the EU hammers out the details of a continent-wide ban on Iranian oil imports, all eyes are on Saudi Arabia and whether the Kingdom will step ...
Noteby Trevor Houser | December 15, 2011 Reactions to the results of the annual UN climate change conference that wrapped up last week in South Africa have been all over the map. This wide range of reactions is understandable, as there wasn’t one agreement reached in Durban, but three. And the value of each of those agreements depends entirely on your view of how best to tackle climate change
ReportTrevor Houser and Jason Selfe | November 23, 2011 As the annual UN climate change conference begins in Durban, RHG's Trevor Houser assesses the prospects the US will be able to deliver on its share of a $100 billion climate finance pledge.
Noteby Trevor Houser and Shashank Mohan | September 26, 2011 The term “energy poverty” is used to describe the 1.6 billion people in the developing world who lack access to electricity or the more than 2 billion who still rely on biomass as their primary source of energy. This phenomenon presents a significant barrier to economic growth in poor countries. But data released last week from the Census Bureau points to a new kind of energy poverty taking place here in the United States as the result of high oil prices and a weak economic recovery.
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