Commentary: Key turning points in the energy complex

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(source: Wikipedia) To be honest, I had not heard of the phrase ‘Jumping The Shark‘ until recently (I’m not talking about surfer Mick Fanning either). It’s not like I didn’t watch ‘Happy Days’ when I was growing up, I just don’t remember that episode. For those unaware, ‘Jumping The Shark‘ is a term used to […]
A Cadillac Escalade with retractable running boards is shown during the Seattle Auto Show at CenturyLink Field Events Center. The Seattle Auto Show continues through October 19th. Photographed on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. (Joshua Trujillo, seattlepi.com)

The 15 least efficient SUVs of 2015

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SUVs have come a long way to deliver performance, style and efficiency features normally reserved for sedans. However, there are still SUVs out there that have excellent performance and technological features, but fail to deliver on the efficiency end.
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In this Jan. 30, 2009 file photo, a Japan Air Lines staffer checks the biofuel-loaded No. 3 engine of Japan Airlines Boeing 747-300 before a demo flight at Tokyo International Airport in Tokyo. Using blend of 50 percent biofuel and 50 percent traditional Jet-A jet (kerosene) fuel, JAL conducted an hour-long demonstration flight. Many in the industry believe that without a replacement for jet fuel, growth in air travel could be threatened by forthcoming rules that limit global aircraft emissions. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye, File)

Why airlines keep pushing biofuels: They have no choice

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As people in countries such as China, India and Indonesia get wealthier they are increasingly turning to air travel for vacation or business, creating an enormous financial opportunity for the airlines.
An oil tanker, right, cruises past a new liquefied natural gas tanker at the Cheniere terminal in Cameron Parish, La. (Michael Stravato/The New York Times)

Shipping industry gloomiest since 2009 in survey as crude glut endures

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While parts of the maritime industry such as the market for hauling oil are surging this year, others are slumping.
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U.S. railroads slumping on Wall Street amid coal, crude oil cargo squeeze

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The dwindling volumes for coal, oil and grain are magnified in contrast with last year’s surges. Petroleum carloads, chiefly crude, are down 0.6 after 2014’s 13 percent increase.
A man takes in pictures the A. P. Moller-Maersk Group Eugen Maersk ship, the world?s largest 397 m long container vessel, on February 20, 2008 in the French harbor of Le Havre, western France. AFP PHOTO ROBERT FRANCOIS (Photo credit should read ROBERT FRANCOIS/AFP/Getty Images)

APM Terminals to close operations, cut more than 100 port jobs near Houston

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In a letter to the Texas Workforce Commission, Scott Reiss, head of human resources for APM Terminals in the U.S., said the company is permanently shutting down its operations at East Barbours Cut Boulevard by July 24 and eliminating 109 jobs in the process.
An oil tanker docks at a Chevron oil refinery in the San Francisco Bay. (Kimberly White/Bloomberg News)

The tanker market is sending a big warning to oil bulls

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A record cut to the number of active U.S. drilling rigs and billions of dollars of spending reductions by companies since last year’s price plunge has yet to translate into a slump in barrels produced.
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Rebuilding the Nation’s Aging Energy Network

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Once the envy of the modern world, the nation’s infrastructure system now works overtime just to keep up with the growing needs of the energy grid. While many understand the need for continued investment in roads and bridges, the same cannot be easily said of the nation’s aging energy infrastructure. This network of pipelines, highways, […]
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REST Act Aims to Streamline Transportation

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Members of Congress recently re-introduced a bipartisan bill aimed at ensuring efficient and expedient cross-border shipments for the trucking industry. The Residue Entries and Streamlining Trade, or REST Act, is aimed at removing an absurd regulatory interpretation by Customs and Border Patrol (CBP). At issue is a seemingly straightforward issue involving U.S. trade. When a […]
Petrol Prices At U.K. Gas Stations As Price Of Oil Continues To Fall

Cheap gasoline is helping some states rake in more tax revenue

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Low oil prices could help shore up some states’ coffers, since increased driving brought on by cheap fuel will also result in more gas tax revenue.