In trying to balance the competing interests of oil companies and biofuel producers, the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed renewable fuel quotas for 2014, 2015 and 2016 have pleased almost no one.
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.
Energy and related companies can create jobs, wealth and improved health and security for people by meeting their environmental responsibilities, Kerry said in a video message for executives at a climate and business conference in Paris.
Domestic natural gas production has hit record highs during the ongoing shale boom, and the low natural gas prices have played a role in replacing imports. Nearly 98 percent of natural gas imports came from Canada, but Canadian natural gas represented 7 percent of total U.S. natural gas consumption last year, which was down from 11 percent in 2009, according to the EIA.
The Group of Seven’s biggest oil exporter may see drilling investment slashed by $23.2 billion in the coming 12 months, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. That’s a 29 percent reduction from the previous 12 months and the biggest since at least 2007.
A rebound in oil prices that bottomed near $44 a barrel in March has provided some relief to stronger companies that have been able to compensate with cost cuts and more efficient operations. For many smaller, cash-strapped producers, current prices of almost $60 still aren’t enough to make ends meet compared to the $100-plus prices seen during the boom days.
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