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Total headquarters outside Paris. (AP file photo/Jacques Brinon)

Total’s quarterly profit beats estimates on oil output, refining

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The energy producer, based outside Paris, joins BP Plc and Royal Dutch Shell Plc in cutting operating costs and investments to protect its dividend as a plunge in crude prices dents earnings.
A flame blazes on top of a gas burn off venting pipe on the Armada gas condensate platform, operated by BG Group Plc, in the North Sea, off the coast of Aberdeen, U.K., on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. Royal Dutch Shell Plc got clearance from antitrust authorities in China for the takeover of BG Group Plc, removing the final regulatory hurdle for its biggest-ever deal. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

BG fourth-quarter profit declines 54 percent

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Oil’s collapse has affected BG less than some of its peers because it’s one of the few producers increasing output as projects start in Australia and Brazil.
In this Monday, April 7, 2014 file photo, a flag bearing the company logo of Royal Dutch Shell flies outside the head office in The Hague, Netherlands. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

Shell prepares to remake itself into gas giant after BG Group deal

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The Anglo-Dutch oil major’s upstream earnings fell 71 percent to $493 million, though the company said lower costs offset the plunge.
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February starts with the national gasoline average below $1.80

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The Houston region and Texas overall averaged $1.58 a gallon on Monday — it’s lowest point since January 2009 — and $1.79 a gallon nationally, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey data. The price fell by 2.4 cents in the last week in Houston and by about 2.6 cents in the U.S. overall. The national average is down 20 cents just in the last month.
The Shell logo sits on the side of a fuel tanker truck during a gasoline delivery at a gas station operated by Royal Dutch Shell Plc in Utrecht, Netherlands, on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Shell is on the brink of completing its biggest acquisition as shareholders look set to back its purchase of BG Group Plc. Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Shell transitioning Houston truck fleet from diesel to LNG

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The use of LNG and compressed natural gas — another new CNG fueling station opened Thursday in Houston — in commercial vehicles has rapidly expanded because of the nation’s cheap and bountiful supply of natural gas.
The visor of a fire-fighter's helmet reflects a gas burn off venting pipe as he stands on the helicopter deck on the Armada gas condensate platform, operated by BG Group Plc, in the North Sea, off the coast of Aberdeen, U.K., on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. Royal Dutch Shell Plc got clearance from antitrust authorities in China for the takeover of BG Group Plc, removing the final regulatory hurdle for its biggest-ever deal. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

BG Group investors approve Shell deal

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Ninety-nine percent of BG Groups shareholders approved the deal.
In this Monday, April 7, 2014 file photo, a flag bearing the company logo of Royal Dutch Shell flies outside the head office in The Hague, Netherlands. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

Shell investors OK acquisition of BG Group

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Shell CEO Ben van Beurden said he was pleased by “the confidence that shareholders have shown in the strategic logic of the combination of Shell and BG.”
Ben van Beurden, chief executive officer of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, pauses as the company announce their fourth-quarter results in London, U.K., on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Van Beurden pledged to do all he can to maintain payments to shareholders of Europe's largest oil company after crude prices fell by more than half in the past six months. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg  *** Local Caption *** Ben van Beurden

Shell, BG Group job cuts will rise to 10,000

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Shell had already announced some 7,500 in layoffs last year.
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For LGBT workers in energy, some find it’s still not easy coming out

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Something didn’t seem quite right during John Gaspari’s first day on the job at an oil field services firm in Houston. He said his department manager avoided eye contact and stared awkwardly at Gaspari’s small loop earrings.
An employees stands for a photograph near wind turbines manufactured by Gamesa Corp. at the Bharat Light & Power Ltd. Amberi wind farms in Rewalkawadi, Maharashtra, India, on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government in July restored a wind-farm tax benefit, which could propel wind installations to a three-year high of 2,600 megawatts in 2014, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Renewables attracted record $329 billion of investment in 2015

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While oil companies such as Exxon Mobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell Plc eliminate jobs and curb capital spending to cope with prices that have fallen two-thirds in 18 months, renewables are enjoying a renaissance underpinned by rules designed to curb fossil-fuel emissions damaging the atmosphere.