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A compelling personal story and a push for energy independence

Harold Hamm, CEO of Continental Resources, the largest producer in the Bakken shale, has taken on a new cause — promoting U.S. energy independence.  More »

Exxon Mobil works two fronts in bid for Iraqi oil

Exxon Mobil Corp. sent its top man to Baghdad this week amid a strained relationship with Iraq’s government, illustrating how important the company views its continued presence there to increasing its oil production and profits.  More »

Appeals court rejects EPA bid on pollution case

A federal appeals court will not reconsider a decision blocking an Obama administration effort to tighten restrictions on power plant pollution.  More »

Lawmakers urge exports of U.S. natural gas

More than 100 lawmakers are urging Energy Secretary Steven Chu to permit more exports of natural gas.  More »

What Broader Markets Indicate For Global Energy Demand

Sometimes it is useful to take a look at the bigger picture, or a completely different picture, when trying to assess the vibe (man) of a certain market (i.e., energy), especially given some of the negative vibes swirling in the markets at the moment. As regular burrito readers know, the foundation of this blog is […]  More »

Exxon could unseat Apple as most valued company

Of greater concern to Apple investors than having Exxon reclaim the most valuable company status is what Wednesday’s financial results mean for Apple in the post-Steve Jobs era.  More »

LED light bulbs catching on as an alternative

Energy-efficient lighting may have looked ugly and harsh in years past, but that may be changing with the emergence of the LED light bulb.  More »

Consultant shares tips for success in oil field

Dan Tearpock, founder of Subsurface Consultants + Associates, delivered his “The 10 Habits of Highly Successful Oil Finders” at the American Association of Petroleum Geologists conference in Houston Thursday.  More »

Sierra Club names new Texas chief

Scheleen Walker is succeeding Ken Kramer, who is retiring after nearly a quarter centur heading the Lone Star chapter of the Sierra Club environmental group.  More »

Top Republican pledges tough oversight of new drilling rules

As the Obama administration unveils new rules governing natural gas drilling, offshore energy development and other issues, Congress will be closely watching, Rep. Doc Hastings vowed Wednesday.  More »

By the Numbers: top oil companies’ 2013 spending plans

The nation’s largest oil companies are expanding their capital budgets as they explore new frontiers and ramp up production in North America.  More »

Tech Talk – Miles Driven, Gas Used, and OPEC Projections

Leanan has noted the API report of the continuing drop in US oil demand. It would be wrong, I believe, to explain this purely by reference to the increased efficiency of vehicles now on the road, nor would it be realistic to expect that these changing …  More »