It’s no coincidence that the proposed merger of the second- and third-largest oil field services is coming together against the backdrop of the biggest drop in oil prices in nearly five years. No. 2 Halliburton and No. 3 Baker Hughes reached agreement in mid-November on a $34.6 billion deal that would, upon consummation and the […]
A real heavyweight title match is about to begin in Washington. In one corner is a group of the nation’s largest oil and natural gas producers eager to see the 39-year-old ban on the export of American crude oil to foreign nations lifted in part or in whole.
We’re starting a new feature, the Friday Fastbreak. Each week we’ll bring you a round-up of the biggest news in the energy, oil and gas industries. Here’s what you need to know for the first week of March. Commentary Period for Keystone XL Ends Today ends the 30-day period for the public to comment on […]
This week’s energy headlines start with the launch of what the Department of Energy hopes will become a fleet of floating wind turbines. We also saw clean-energy policy developments in several states.
I grew up in Arkansas, a state with countless places of natural beauty and majestic awe. The tiny central Arkansas town of Mayflower is not one of them. And that’s a problem for the Keystone XL pipeline project as it continues to endure passionate opposition from environmentalists as it awaits approvals – or rejections – […]
Recently, top environmental scientists and government officials met in hot, steamy Doha, Qatar, trying to come up with a plan to cool things down. The only problem is that if man-caused global warming ever was occurring, it stopped 16 years ago. What? You didn’t know that? Oh that’s right, when the United Kingdom’s National Weather […]
To borrow a theme from former Indianapolis Colts Coach Jim Mora’s “Playoff?” rant made famous through thousands of replays on ESPN: “Peak oil? Peak oil? You kidding me? Peak oil? We’re just trying to get some water here.” The International Energy Agency “buried the lead,” as we old journalists say, earlier this year when it […]
As the most expensive race on record, the 2012 presidential election consumed a vital resource: energy. Most of that energy – in the form of transportation and electricity (to produce all those TV ads) – isn’t renewable and, therefore, we won’t be getting it back. Ever. So now what? We’ve used vast amounts of energy […]
Last week, Part 1 of predictions on the energy industry from the 1968 entitled Toward the Year 2018: A Dozen Eminent Leaders in Science and Technology Look 50 Years Into the Future appeared in this space. The chapter on energy was written by Charles A. Scarlott, editor of publications for the Solar Energy Society, an […]
Clearing out shelves of old books in preparation for moving, I came across a book from 1968 entitled Toward the Year 2018: A Dozen Eminent Leaders in Science and Technology Look 50 Years Into the Future. Interestingly, there was a chapter on energy penned by Charles A. Scarlott, editor of publications for the Solar Energy […]