Carnegie Oil Initiative

New oils are emerging in the United States and worldwide. The degree to which global oils differ from one another is increasing, from carbon-laden oils that resist flow to ultra-light petroleum liquids trapped in tight shale oil. Developing these unconventional oils requires a clear departure from business-as-usual practices. The Carnegie Oil Initiative provides expert analysis, strategic guidance, and policy frameworks to manage new oil assets while protecting the climate.

Carnegie’s work to understand emerging new oils has been ongoing since our seminal publication, Understanding Unconventional Oil, in 2012. All publications from this project are archived here.


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Carnegie Experts on
Carnegie Oil Initiative

  • expert thumbnail - Deborah Gordon
    Deborah Gordon
    Director and Senior Fellow
    Energy and Climate Program
    Gordon was director of Carnegie’s Energy and Climate Program, where her research focuses on oil and climate change issues in North America and globally.
  • expert thumbnail - David Livingston
    David Livingston
    Associate Fellow
    Energy and Climate Program
    Livingston was an associate fellow in Carnegie’s Energy and Climate Program, where his research focuses on emerging markets, technologies, and risks.
  • expert thumbnail - Jessica Tuchman Mathews
    Jessica Tuchman Mathews
    Distinguished Fellow
    Mathews is a distinguished fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She served as Carnegie’s president for 18 years.
  • expert thumbnail - Moisés Naím
    Moisés Naím
    Distinguished Fellow
    Moisés Naím is a distinguished fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a best-selling author, and an internationally syndicated columnist.
  • expert thumbnail - Matt Ferchen
    Matt Ferchen
    Nonresident Scholar
    Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy
    Ferchen specializes in China’s political-economic relations with emerging economies. At the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, he ran a program on China’s economic and political relations with the developing world, including Latin America.
  • expert thumbnail - Carole Nakhle
    Carole Nakhle
    Nonresident Scholar
    Middle East Center
    Nakhle was a nonresident scholar at Carnegie Middle East Center, specializing in international petroleum contracts and fiscal regimes for the oil and gas industry, world oil and gas market developments, energy policy, and oil and gas revenue management.

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