Baker Institute expert available to comment on today’s annual OPEC meeting


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Jeff Falk

Baker Institute expert available to comment on today’s annual OPEC meeting

HOUSTON – (Nov. 30, 2017) – The eyes of the energy world are turned to the 173rd OPEC Meeting in Vienna today, which will determine the future levels for the cartel’s oil production output.

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Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is available to discuss the key issues at play at the meeting and their implications for both the United States’ and global oil markets. Krane, a member of the institute’s Center for Energy Studies, specializes in energy geopolitics and energy consumption in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East.

“The OPEC producers and Russia have pulled off the impressive feat of getting nearly two dozen countries to agree to cut back their oil production in hopes of choking off the oversupply that has depressed oil prices for so long,” Krane said. “Problem is, the few thousand independent oil producers in the U.S. oil patch don’t play along. If prices respond, U.S. producers can be expected to make the most of it — not by cutting back, but by ramping up and undercutting all of OPEC’s hard work. It’s as if OPEC were providing a chauffeured limousine for U.S. crude oil producers to steal its share of the market.”


For more information or to schedule an interview with Krane, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775. The Baker Institute has a radio and television studio available.

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About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is associate director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.