Chron Energy Items: 02.01.08

Energy related stories from today’s Houston Chronicle or on chron.com:
Exxon Mobil breaks its own profits records: Last year’s surge in crude prices sent Exxon Mobil Corp.’s annual profits soaring to new records for the highest quarterly and annual profits ever earned by a U.S. company.
Wife of worker killed at BP plant says husband was thinking of retirement: The day before William Gracia died in an accident at BP’s Texas City refinery last month, he told his wife of 35 years that he was almost ready to retire.
Calpine Corp. puts bankruptcy behind it: Calpine Corp., Texas’ No. 3 power producer, officially emerged from bankruptcy protection Thursday afternoon and will likely see its stock resume regular trading early next week.
Moneymakers: Five questions with Roy Huffington: 90-year-old oilman doesn’t plan to stop working, traveling anytime soon.
OPEC oil ministers to maintain present output levels: Associated Press — Shrugging off calls to pump more oil, OPEC ministers decided to keep output at present levels at their meeting today out of fear that a softening global economy will translate into weakened demand.

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