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Old Dominion's Steve Yetiv, University Professor of political science in the College of Arts and Letters, is seeing his work go worldwide, thanks to recent op-eds in The New York Times and Los Angeles Times.

Yetiv's latest op-ed, "The Pain-at-the-Pump Blame Game," appeared in the L.A. Times on Sunday, Sept. 23. It details the political back-and-forth over $4 per gallon gasoline prices, and how the price at the pump is essentially beyond the control of any single government.

"To understand oil prices, you need to understand something basic: They are determined mainly by the combined behavior of oil traders on markets such as the New York Mercantile Exchange," Yetiv writes. "When oil traders believe that oil prices will rise, they buy oil futures in hopes of selling them later for a profit. Such buying increases oil prices and, eventually, the price of derivatives, such as gasoline and heating oil."

Yetiv writes that the issue has become a bit of a political football, with Republicans pointing out that gasoline prices have more than doubled under President Barack Obama's leadership. Democratic leaders, such as Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, say that blaming the president for gas prices is "baloney," Yetiv writes.

"But why have oil prices risen from about $36 a barrel in December 2008 to more than $90 now? And will they come down before the presidential election?"

Yetiv notes that myriad factors will likely team up to keep gasoline prices high throughout the November presidential election, but it remains to be seen whether there will be a political impact on Election Day. The full piece is available here: http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-yetiv-gas-prices-20120924,0,3958730.story .

The op-ed marked the second time in September that Yetiv has seen his work appear in a national news publication. And Yetiv's Sept. 4 New York Times op-ed, "Is the U.S. Energy Boom a Mirage?," has gone viral.

After appearing in the Times, the piece has been reproduced in more than 2,000 newspapers, websites and news organizations online.

In that op-ed, Yetiv argued that the energy boom itself is real, but urged leaders and citizens not to think that it can replace green approaches and initiatives to our energy future, especially given the urgency of climate change.

The full piece is available here: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/05/opinion/is-the-energy-boom-a-mirage.html?_r=1&ref=economy .

Yetiv's op-eds follow a dozen other pieces he wrote for national newspapers in the past two years or so, including recent commentaries in The Washington Post and The Christian Science Monitor. Yetiv has published more than 250 op-eds and has appeared on various news outlets, such as NPR, CNN and CNBC, as well as media outside the U.S.

He is the author of six books, including "Explaining Foreign Policy," "The Petroleum Triangle" and "The Absence of Grand Strategy." He has won two Choice Outstanding Academic Book awards from the American Library Association. His high standing as a scholar and a teacher brought him the 2012 Outstanding Faculty Award, which is sponsored by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).

Yetiv was recognized by SCHEV for his "superior performance in teaching, research and service."


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