Fuel Fix

Motorists refuel at a Mobil gas station in Pittsfield, Mass., where regular gasoline is for sale at $1.99 per gallon, Tuesday Sept. 29, 2015. (Ben Garver/The Berkshire Eagle via AP) BERKSHIRE COURIER OUT, GREAT BARRINGTON RECORD OUT, RURAL INTELLIGENCER OUT, BERKSHIRES OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Obama: Cheap gasoline prices drove oil tax decision

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Categories: Crude oil, featured, Gasoline
The proposal faces an uphill battle in the Republican-led Congress, which has repeatedly pushed back against the president’s climate change initiatives.

Obama: Cheap gasoline prices drove oil tax decision

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Categories: Crude oil, featured, Gasoline
Motorists refuel at a Mobil gas station in Pittsfield, Mass., where regular gasoline is for sale at $1.99 per gallon, Tuesday Sept. 29, 2015. (Ben Garver/The Berkshire Eagle via AP) BERKSHIRE COURIER OUT, GREAT BARRINGTON RECORD OUT, RURAL INTELLIGENCER OUT, BERKSHIRES OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT
The proposal faces an uphill battle in the Republican-led Congress, which has repeatedly pushed back against the president’s climate change initiatives.
(Photographer: Eddie Seal, Bloomberg)

Drillers shut down dozens of rigs last week, biggest pull-back since April 2015

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Losses in the oil patch deepened in the second half of 2015 and into 2016 along with plummeting prices of crude.
Categories: Crude oil, featured, Texas
Greg Grillo, system storm incident commander for Entergy, speaking about utilities' hurricane response protocol.

It’s a scramble to restore oil industry power after storm

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A Houston audience heard about the complications utilities face in restoring power to refineries and petrochemical plants after a hurricane strikes.
Categories: Electricity
A shrimp boat is used to collect oil with booms in the waters of Chandeleur Sound, La. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

BP warns some Gulf oil spill claimants may have to give money back

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BP is sending hundreds of letters this week to lawyers representing claimants whom BP believes received excessive business economic loss payments. The steering committee that negotiated the settlement with BP called the letters a “hollow intimidation tactic.”
Categories: featured, Gulf oil spill

Gold off sharply as investors rush for exit

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Yellow metal on track for biggest quarterly decline since collapse of Bretton Woods system in 1971
Categories: Uncategorized
(AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Electricity prices soar in West Texas as shale drilling expands

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The Texas shale boom has led to record growth in the demand for electricity in West Texas, experts said in at the Gulf coast Power Association panel on Wednesday afternoon.
(Photo: JBrazito/Flickr.com via a Creative Commons license)

Republicans shift strategy on climate change

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Climate change science might just have become the new third rail in American politics.
Categories: General

Some Non-Technical Advice For Starting Your Career In Oil & Gas

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It should be obvious that I think very highly of the newest generation of oil & gas professionals, but in no way will I ever say that every one of us acts perfectly from day one on the job, or is equipped right from the beginning to deal with the rigors of the oilfield.

Microsoft touts rapid Windows 8 updates

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Microsoft promises further rapid improvements to Windows 8 but analysts question whether it is enough to make up ground lost to Apple’s and Google
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US rate volatility sparks surge in junk-rated debt yields

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Average yield for lower-quality rated company bonds was on the cusp of rising above 7% on Wednesday for the first time in almost a year
Categories: Uncategorized
Gina McCarthy, nominated to head the Environmental Protection Agency, speaks at a climate workshop. (Alex Brandon/AP)

Climate speech puts EPA nomination in further peril

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By rolling out a big plan for combating climate change, President Obama may have just delivered a fatal blow to his nomination of Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

BP accused of intimidating spill claimants

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Escalating war of words between company and private sector plaintiffs seeking compensation over the spill threatens to derail settlement
Categories: Uncategorized

Renewables rise led by emerging economies

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IEA expects renewables to provide about 24 per cent of the world’s electricity within in three years, with emerging markets leading the way
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The world's fastest ferry, named the Francisco, runs on natural gas and will soon begin operating between Argentina and Uruguay, according to GE. (Photo: GE)

World’s fastest ferry running on natural gas

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Natural gas turbines are now powering the world’s fastest ferry, according to GE.