Chron Energy Items: 04.02.08

A few of the energy related stories in the Houston Chronicle or on today:
Profits realistic, oil execs insist: Oil company executives expressed sympathy for consumers hurt by high energy costs Tuesday but defended their companies’ record profits.
Skilling has shot, experts say: Jeff Skilling suffered a knockout when he faced a Houston federal court jury two years ago. But he’s flexing more potent muscle in his appeal, scheduled for court argument today.
Pemex’s woes may clear way for Brazil to help: Bloomberg News — Guillermo Najera, a 42-year-old machine operator at Mexican state-controlled oil company Petróleos Mexicanos, gets paid to do nothing all day. Pemex management can’t fire the union worker or transfer him from the ammonia plant in Ciudad Camargo, where he still shows up for work even though the plant stopped production in 2002.
Truckers stage a slowdown over accelerating diesel cost: Associated Press — Independent truckers around the country pulled their rigs off the road and others slowed to a crawl on major highways in a loosely organized protest of high fuel prices.
Earnings: Blue Dolphin, Transmeridian report losses.