Chron Energy Links: 07.15.08

A few of the energy related items on and elsewhere around the Web:
President lifts offshore ban, but it won’t be effective without action by Congress
Airlines play both sides on hedging
Petrobras inks $3 bln in contracts with Transocean
Chaparral Energy to buy Houston’s Edge Petroleum
Despite 800 billion barrel potential, oil shale a hard sell: Can industry overcome hurdles to tap rich fuel veins in West?
They’re going gaga for shale
Texas electric customers exposed to tough wholesale market
Poll: Majority of Texans open to $4 charge for wind farms
Mr. SWP Goes to Washington: UH Prof. Craig Pirrong’s congressional testimony on speculation and WSJ OpEd
Horizontal wells will let BP tap hard-to-reach oil field in Arctic waters
July 16: International Ride to Work (on a scooter) Day
Strategy 101 for greenhouse-gas deniers: Using doubt to compete with a scientific body of fact
British Columbia Launches North America’s First Carbon Tax
Chrysler electric vehicle still 3 to 5 years away