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The Snookering of Obama

The President has claimed that his new Clean Power Plan shows the leadership and commitment to address climate change that will encourage other countries, namely China, to take serious action.  While that is a possibility, it chances more likely falls into the slim and none category. First, his plan faces a large number of hurdles […]  More »

Minnesota oil spill of 1979 still aids in research

Today, the site attracts scientists from around the world who are collecting data from sensors that sample soil, water and air.  More »

NY top court considers local bans on gas drilling

The cases being argued before the Court of Appeals involve bans in the small towns of Dryden and Middlefield in rural central New York.  More »

Kansas pushes back on lesser prairie chicken

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback announced Tuesday that he is pushing the federal government to assume some costs for protecting the lesser prairie chicken by expanding incentives for farmers to enroll their land in a longstanding conservation program.  More »

Vancouver City Council opposes oil train terminal

The Vancouver City Council has voted to oppose what would be the Pacific Northwest’s largest crude oil train terminal  More »

Oil up slightly as U.S. supply data awaited

Energy demand from China was likely to stay solid as a second survey confirmed that China’s manufacturing improved last month.  More »

Let the complaints begin…

A day after the roll out of the EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas control rule for existing power plants under the CAA, section 111(d), we have the usual complaints from the usual quarters that meeting the requirements will cause wide economic disruption, and that the proposal is not legally consistent with the 111(d) provisions of the […]  More »

Energy supply requires $40 trillion investment to 2035, IEA Says

More than half of that amount will be needed to compensate for declining output at mature oil and gas fields, and the remainder on finding new supplies to meet rising demand, the Paris-based agency said in a report Monday  More »

Obama plan might help boost climate talks

President Barack Obama’s proposal to curb U.S. greenhouse gas emissions might improve the chances of completing a global climate treaty but is unlikely to defuse demands by China, India and others for Americans to do more.  More »

Energy companies dominate Houston’s Fortune 500 members

All but three of the 26 Houston companies on latest Fortune 500 list are in the energy business.  More »

And the Winner is….Cap and Trade

Today the EPA released its rules requiring reductions in greenhouse gases from existing fossil fuel fired electricity generating units (EGUs).  Nominally, the rules call for an overall 30% reduction in these emissions from 2005 by 2030.  The hallmark of the rule is “flexibility” as the EPA looked at the most promising tools for reducing GHGs […]  More »

EPA to seek to cut power plant carbon by one-third

The Obama administration on Monday will unveil a plan to cut earth-warming pollution from power plants by 30 percent by 2020, setting in motion one of the most significant actions to address global warming in U.S. history.  More »

Big Oil on a spending spree in Alaska – for now

Energy company investments in Alaska could reverse declining oil production in the state, unless, they say, voters dismantle a new oil tax regime.  More »

Wholesale power cap goes up in Texas

The maximum price generators can charge for wholesale electricity in Texas’ competitive electricity market has increased to $7,000 per megawatt-hour.  More »

Iraq says crude oil exports rise slightly in May

The oil exports averaged 2.582 million barrels a day last month, an increase from the 2.510 million barrels per day in April, ministry spokesman Assem Jihad said.  More »
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