Chron Energy Items: 03.17.08

A few of the energy related stories in the Houston Chronicle or on chron.com :
Hofmeister handing over reins of Shell Oil Co.: John Hofmeister, president of Shell Oil Co., the U.S. arm of The Netherlands-based Royal Dutch Shell, is stepping down in accordance with a company policy of retirement of top executives at age 60, the company said today.
Shell’s Hofmeister reflects on tenure at the top: As consumers face see triple-digit oil prices, rising gasoline and natural gas prices and the never-ending squeeze of tight supply and growing worldwide demand, John Hofmeister will leave his post as president of Shell Oil Co. June 1 as per a company policy that essentially requires top executives to retire at 60. Hofmeister reached that age in January.
Big oil’s political profits may slip: It sounds like an oil executive’s vision of Nirvana: $4-a-gallon gasoline this summer and $100-a-barrel oil for the foreseeable future.
Family budgets sag as gas prices soar: Big oil’s political profits may slip as energy costs soar Get current petroleum prices and energy news Curtis Wyatt is an experienced butcher, but no matter how he slices it, he can’t find a way to cut back on his driving, even as pump prices rise.
Guards at nuke plant OK new union: Security guards at the South Texas Project nuclear plant near Bay City voted this week to be represented by a relatively small Washington, D.C.-based union.
EPA puts climate legislation cost at $2.9 trillion in 2050: Bloomberg News — Climate legislation sponsored by Sens. Joseph Lieberman, a Connecticut independent, and John Warner, a Virginia Republican, may cost the U.S. economy as much as $2.9 trillion in 2050, the Environmental Protection Agency said in a report Friday.
Alternatives forms of energy becoming mainstream: San Francisco Chronicle — The alternative energy business is starting to make real money.

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