Category: Supply Chain Transparency Initiative

A federal gas tax holiday might be popular. But it might not be useful 6/23/2022

A federal gas tax holiday might be popular. But it might not be useful.

Payne Institute Director Morgan Bazilian is featured on this podcast about how hoping to curb the pain consumers are feeling at the pump right now, President Biden has called for a suspension of the federal gasoline tax. Biden asked Congress on Wednesday for a three-month suspension of the tax, a lot of which helps pay for roads and bridges, to provide some relief. June 23, 2022.

The Energy Crisis Is a National-Security Opportunity 6/23/2022

The Energy Crisis Is a National-Security Opportunity

Payne Institute Director Morgan Bazilian writes about how President Joe Biden took office in 2020 with climate action as a top priority, but Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and other events have thrown his energy policy into chaos. Yet this crisis also an opportunity: Biden can, and should, reframe the clean-energy transition as an urgent national security priority. June 23, 2022.

Analysis of Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining in Peru under Climate Impacts Using System Dynamics Modeling 6/16/2022

Analysis of Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining in Peru under Climate Impacts Using System Dynamics Modeling

Payne Institute Faculty Fellow Sebnem Duzgun contributes to this article where they propose a system dynamics (SD) model to examine the dynamics of an informal artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) supply chain that has interactions with the illegal gold supply chain in the Amazon rainforest region, Madre de Dios (MdD), Peru.  June 16, 2022.

US increases production to catch China in global battery race 6/9/2022

US increases production to catch China in global battery race

Payne Institute Director Morgan Bazilian contributes to this article about how as battery-powered electric vehicles become a mainstay on the nation’s highways — and a key piece of President Biden’s environmental policy — the U.S. is facing a formidable challenge in its efforts to compete in the global battery race. June 9, 2022.

Challenges in Accurately Tracking Copper Trade Flows 6/9/2022

Challenges in Accurately Tracking Copper Trade Flows

Payne Institute Mineral Supply Chain Researcher Zach Krause writes about how copper is among the most heavily traded commodities world-wide. The trade volume of copper in combination with the environmental impact of the mining industry has drawn increased attention to the processing and trade of copper and other primary metals. Moreover, copper is a metal that is essential to the energy transition as a component of renewable technologies.  June 9, 2022.

Little growth likely in Colorado, U.S. oil production in 2022, report finds 6/2/2022

Little growth likely in Colorado, U.S. oil production in 2022, report finds

Payne Institute Sustainable Finance Lab Program Manager Brad Handler contributes to this article about how supply issues, and Wall Street demands limit drilling activity despite 1,400 active permits in Colorado.  Oil and gas drilling activity has inched upwards in Colorado since the Russian invasion of Ukraine sent prices soaring earlier this year, but investor demands and supply constraints — not state or federal policy — will likely limit production growth through at least the end of the year, a new Colorado School of Mines analysis concludes.  June 2, 2022.

Coal prices are way up and long-term commitments from customers are hard to find 6/2/2022

Coal prices are way up and long-term commitments from customers are hard to find

Payne Institute Faculty Fellow Ian Lange is featured on this podcast about how Saudi Arabia is ready to start pumping more oil onto the market, which could bring oil prices down a bit. But oil and gas aren’t the only fossil fuels in tight supply.  A lot of miners are having to tell customers that even if they wanted to sell them coal at these high prices, they just don’t have any ready and they have to fulfill their prior commitments.  June 2, 2022.

In a Bid to Save Its Coal Industry, Wyoming Has Become a Test Case for Carbon Capture, but Utilities are Balking at the Pricetag 5/29/2022

In a Bid to Save Its Coal Industry, Wyoming Has Become a Test Case for Carbon Capture, but Utilities are Balking at the Pricetag

Payne Institute Faculty Fellow Ian Lange contributes to this article about how under a 2020 law, utilities must generate some of their power from coal plants fitted with technology that captures carbon, but in recent filings to regulators, two companies are warning about the cost and environmental impacts.  May 29, 2022.

Lithium Is Key to the Electric Vehicle Transition. It’s Also in Short Supply 5/26/2022

Lithium Is Key to the Electric Vehicle Transition. It’s Also in Short Supply

Payne Institute Director Morgan Bazilian contributes to this article about how the element lithium, a lightweight substance, is a critical component in rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, which are used in most personal electronics and electric vehicles. And in the last year, it’s gotten expensive.  Lithium has shot up 432% year over year, hitting nearly $62,000 per metric ton in April.  The price spike is due to the booming electric vehicle market, which is putting demand pressure on battery producers, which in turn puts demand pressure on the minerals suppliers.  May 26, 2022.