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Just How Dependent Oil Markets Are On Tight Oil Delivering

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:36:00 -0500

US tight oil will grab the lion's share of future global demand growth leaving little incremental upside for OPEC supply. Our latest tight oil forecasts continue to show tight oil production doubling by 2024. We have downgraded the longer term prospects for the Eagle Ford & Bakken.

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Growing Opportunity For China-US Collaboration On Reducing Oil & Gas Methane Emissions

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:03:00 -0500

This year’s World Energy Outlook offers especially valuable insight into US and China energy trends.

How Electric Cars Can Make Your Electricity Cheaper And More Reliable

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:00:00 -0500

As electric vehicles become ubiquitous, they may play an important role in supplying and strengthening the power grid.

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How To Read Conflicting Energy Headlines

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:02:00 -0500

Headlines that contradict each other can often be found when studying energy, but careful thinking allows the reader to judge when bias is at fault or merely imprecise wording.

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The Best Energy Policy Is To Let Markets Work Freely

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 10:08:00 -0500

A proposal to reverse the flow of a segment of the Laurel Pipeline has brought together an unlikely set of opposing interests. Pennsylvania regulators have a chance to set an example of good energy policy by allowing the project to move ahead despite the opposition.

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Tesla Week: Model 3 Ramps, Chevy Bolt Rises

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 04:44:00 -0500

There are signs that Model 3 inventory is starting to build for regular reservation holders while, conversely, the Chevy Bolt is now harder to get. Tesla Semi is in the news too.

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Here's Another Reason To Be Bullish On Commodities Next Year

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 15:52:00 -0500

Chinese demand is back, and strong momentum is likely to carry commodities at least into the first quarter of 2018.

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Dieselgate Showed Car Regulators Couldn't Be Trusted. Now The EU Is Stepping In

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 15:04:00 -0500

Despite fierce resistance from Germany, European Union countries agreed to allow EU inspectors to oversee vehicle approvals. Given sensitivities about sovereignty, it was a hard-fought battle.

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Steve Case And Elon Musk: Tech Titans Who Bravely Venture Into Fly-Over Country

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 10:17:00 -0500

Case’s new fund focuses on the geography of fly-over states, where the US extracts, grows, makes physical stuff; credit Musk for his full-throttle focus on what is, for Silicon Valley, a kind of virtual fly-over country of physical technologies anchored in atoms and hardware, not bits and software.

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Bill Barrett's Merger With Fifth Creek Has Promise Despite Stock Reaction

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 15:58:00 -0500

While the 162% dilution may seem harsh, analysts say Bill Barrett will benefit from Fifth Creek’s better acreage at an attractive price and improve its balance sheet.

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General Electric Is Cutting 12,000 Workers From Its Power Business

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 07:59:00 -0500

The layoffs are part of an ongoing effort to cut costs at the ailing conglomerate.

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Market Forces Could Snuff Out Coal-Fired Electricity -- Even In Coal Country

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 07:58:00 -0500

PPL Corp. said that markets -- not regulations -- are prompting it to shutter coal plants in Kentucky. By mid-Century, the company said that it will have transitioned to natural gas and renewables, part of a trend that is occurring across the country.

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How States Can Fuel Their Clean Energy Economies By Getting Private Capital Off The Sidelines

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 11:52:00 -0500

When thoughtfully designed, public financing institutions can be effective tools for getting private capital off the sidelines and into the game, accelerating the deployment of clean technologies, catalyzing local economic activity, and supporting new job creation across America.

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2 Natural Gas Charts To Start Winter, 2017-2018

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 10:45:00 -0500

The winter is natural gas' time to shine, and demand can double over summer. Let's get some thoughts on gas prices as we stand at the beginning of the heating season.

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Appalachian Basin Produces More Natural Gas Than Any OPEC Country

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 08:30:00 -0500

Appalachian Basin natural gas production has risen by 200% in the past five years. The region's gas production now ranks ahead of all but two countries in the world.

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Cities Are Where The Most Inspiring And Innovative Experiments Are To Fight Climate Change

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 14:29:00 -0500

The latest concrete proof that cities are innovating comes from today’s C40 Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards, given to the “10 Best Cities For Climate Action.”

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Brunei To Taipei: These Are Asia's Five Weakest Economies By Growth

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

Macau and Brunei are recovering from negative economic growth. Japan is struggling with low consumption while Taiwan wiggles and wags with the world economy. North Korea faces economic sanctions.

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Public Pension Funds' Anti-Fossil Fuel Activism Raises Risks For Beneficiaries

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 11:26:00 -0500

As major public pension funds continue to increase their anti-fossil fuel advocacy efforts, a new report raises the question of whether their beneficiaries are going to be paying a big price as a result.

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Cities Like Madison Lead The Way To Local Clean Energy

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 11:13:00 -0500

As the inaugural North American Climate Summit convenes in Chicago, cities from across North America are leading the way toward ambitious climate action. The shift to local clean energy, known as the Energy Cloud transition, is creating new space for cities to influence the energy ecosystem.

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Herbert M. Parker And The Making Of The Atomic Bomb

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 06:00:00 -0500

At the beginning of the Manhattan Project, Herbert Parker developed radiation protection standards and procedures that the whole world still uses today. Parker built the Hanford Labs that later became Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and even invented the units we use to measure radiation dose.

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The 4 Climate Technologies Ernest Moniz Says We Must Pursue Right Now

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 00:01:00 -0500

We're wasting time, former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz says in a podcast released today, by not working fervently on four large-scale projects for managing the carbon responsible for anthropogenic climate change.

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Why An Oil Company Plans To Build California's Biggest Solar Energy Project

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 19:13:00 -0500

The Exxon-Shell joint venture Aera Energy takes another step in the ongoing decarbonization of fossil fuels.

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Petrobras No Longer Matters For Brazil

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 14:42:00 -0500

Petrobras is a basket case stock and will be until after the elections next year.

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Radioactive Waste And The Hidden Costs Of The Cold War

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 13:31:00 -0500

The toxic legacy of the Hanford nuclear site is an enduring reminder of the cost of the Cold War. It should also serve as a cautionary tale for those who promote the promise of nuclear energy as an environmentally sustainable source of electricity.

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Can President Trump And Congress Slow Down The New Energy Economy?

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 11:42:00 -0500

Both chambers of the U.S. Congress have passed tax bills in line with President Trump’s thinking — one that would not just cut corporate taxes but that would also limit the tax benefits given to the renewable energy sector. How would this impact the economy and the environment?

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These Are Bill Gates' Favorite 5 Books Of 2017

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 09:09:00 -0500

Billionaire bookworm Bill Gates released his 6th annual list of his favorite books of the year including one on poverty in America, a graphic memoir and historical fiction about a double agent during the Vietnam War.

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The China Belt And Road Initiative Could Help - Or Hurt - Clean Energy In Emerging Economies

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 08:05:00 -0500

China’s $900 billion Belt and Road Initiative to build infrastructure and markets across 68 countries on four continents, has a different feel than trade agreements initiated in the West – and it could have major implications for the future of energy across many parts of the world.

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How To Charge Your Electric Vehicle (And Other Devices) When The Grid Is Down

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 08:00:00 -0500

Backup charging infrastructure is necessary for electric vehicles to operate when power is unavailable.

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Waking Conservative Climate Movement Struggles Against Denialism In Red States

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 00:01:00 -0500

A growing number of prominent conservatives are calling for action on climate change but finding themselves squeezed by constraints on their ability to use that term.

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Goldman Is Right: The Oil Market Is Overly Jittery

Sun, 3 Dec 2017 11:07:00 -0500

Oil market investors and brokers remain nervous about the future despite the low level of volatility of the past several months. The reasons behind that have more to do with conflicting media reports than with any instability in the market itself.

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Tesla Week: Model 3 Update, Quality Questioned, Stealing Porsche Customers

Sun, 3 Dec 2017 04:14:00 -0500

The week saw media coverage ranging from a Tesla employee-sourced story on quality to a Porsche executive admitting that it's losing some customers to the Silicon Valley carmaker.

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Morningstar's Sunny Outlook For Nuclear Power Suddenly Clouds Over

Sun, 3 Dec 2017 00:01:00 -0500

Analysts with Morningstar Inc. broke with the pessimistic consensus on nuclear power this fall when they predicted the industry would not just hold its own against renewables and cheap natural gas, it might even grow up to 5 percent. Now they're backing off of that prediction.

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The Surprising Solution To The Global Water Crisis: Solar Power

Sat, 2 Dec 2017 06:00:00 -0500

2.1 billion people still lack access to safe drinking water, but one social enterprise has a solution. Learn the three takeaways we can use to solve the water crisis.

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Battery Storage Steals The Spotlight At Nuclear Power's Birthday Party

Sat, 2 Dec 2017 00:01:00 -0500

It was nuclear power's birthday bash, but Exelon CEO Chris Crane, head of the nation's largest nuclear operator, named energy storage the most promising technology of the future, one that could render nuclear power unnecessary.

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The New OPEC-Russia Friendship: Brought To You By U.S. Shale Producers

Fri, 1 Dec 2017 16:42:00 -0500

OPEC and Russia have extended their unprecedented coordination through 2018. My research points to U.S. shale oil as the perturbing factor. As shale, portrayed as an unalloyed good for America, may be making allies of Russia and Saudi Arabia, should we temper our enthusiasm?

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Local Entrepreneurs Are Using Blockchain And Cryptocurrencies To Rebuild Puerto Rico

Fri, 1 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

Step one: create community solar grid. Step 2: connect houses and hospitals. Step 3: use blockchain & cryptocurrency to share and transact value.

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Boeing Dreamliner's Lithium-Ion Battery Fails On United Flight To Paris

Fri, 1 Dec 2017 11:16:00 -0500

The event earlier this month is a clear sign that the lithium-ion battery designed for the Dreamliner still flies with an undiagnosed and unresolved problem.

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In First Brexit Compromise, UK Gets A One-Year Reprieve For Carbon Traders

Fri, 1 Dec 2017 08:24:00 -0500

British industry was staring at a fast-approaching cliff edge on 1 January when their carbon credits would become worthless. A compromise agreement has delayed this cliff edge, which could cost the UK £1 billion - but only for one year.

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Which States Will Have The Highest Energy Costs This Winter? [Infographic]

Fri, 1 Dec 2017 08:03:00 -0500

With temperatures expected to plummet next week, which states will have the highest energy bills this winter?

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Building Tougher Grids Drives Behind-The-Meter Software Consolidation

Fri, 1 Dec 2017 08:00:00 -0500

Longer hurricane seasons, higher summer peak power usage and lower renewable energy costs have driven strategic acquisitions of grid software start-up companies serving the utility market.

West Virginia's Senate Race Spices Up With Coal Baron Blankenship's Entrance

Fri, 1 Dec 2017 07:45:00 -0500

West Virginia’s 2018 U.S. Senate race is getting a lot spicier now that the former coal baron Don Blankenship says he will run — the same chieftain who spent a year in prison for violating mine safety rules. He hopes to best Senator Joe Manchin, who has said Blankenship has “blood on his hands.”

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Get Paid Watching The Grass Grow: Carbon Sequestration, Texas-Style

Fri, 1 Dec 2017 00:01:00 -0500

A lawyer working on flood control in Houston believes he has come upon a way—that conservatives will love—to remove a billion tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

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OPEC And Russia Kick Crude Oil Can Down The Road

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 19:42:00 -0500

OPEC and non-OPEC production cut decision is all about managing sentiment in a tricky market purely to maintain prices at the current levels over the near-term; that's not going to solve anything.

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Apple And Samsung Top Amnesty International Sustainable Cobalt Supply Chain Report

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 18:32:00 -0500

NGO Amnesty International has praised Apple and Samsung for their engaged approach to managing cobalt in the supply chain in a recent study. But other companies, such as Microsoft, Lenovo and Vodafone, have been critical for their lax governance of the key battery material.

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Some Oil & Gas Stock Picks Post-OPEC Meeting

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 17:30:00 -0500

Shares of BP, Suncor, Marathon Oil, Chevron and others might be worth picking up now that OPEC has agreed to extend production cuts through next year.

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Toyota To Turn Cow Manure Into Hydrogen To Back Its Fuel Cell Vehicle Push

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 14:26:00 -0500

The automaker is doggedly sticking with the clean fuel that has taken a backseat to batteries. The hydrogen-generation station at the Long Beach port, the first that's megawatt-scale and 100% renewable, will fuel arriving Toyota Mirai sedans and its Project Portal semi.

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2 World Changing Advances: Bionic Leaves And Harvesting Water From Thin Air

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 12:04:00 -0500

Two advances might help address our pressing need for more abundant, cheaper and cleaner water and energy.

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Natural Gas Shale In The Haynesville Ripe For Dealmaking

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 10:25:00 -0500

New fracking techniques have driven some impressive well results in the basin, where several large private equity-backed companies operate.

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EU Opts For More 'Flexible' Renewable Energy Targets

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 10:01:00 -0500

For the past ten years, each country in the EU has been obliged to meet national targets for renewables. From 2020, they will be free of those constraints.

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Natural Gas Outlook For 2018

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 09:01:00 -0500

Oil prices are probably headed higher in 2018, but higher oil production is likely to keep a lid on natural gas prices next year.

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Today's Poor Need More Oil, Natural Gas And Coal

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 08:52:00 -0500

The world is much poorer than most Westerners realize, and limiting energy options cannot be a goal.

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A Major Disruptive Force In The Global Economy? Look No Further Than U.S. Oil Exports

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 06:02:00 -0500

When we think of disruptive forces in the global economy, we often think of technological breakthroughs: more powerful computer chips; medical miracles; digital platforms that threaten the taxi industry, the retail sector, hospitality. We don't often think of oil.

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Oil Market Sweats Over When Russia's Cooperation With OPEC Could End

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 20:43:00 -0500

While Russia’s end game to extricate itself from OPEC’s initiative is reasonably clear, how the cartel itself gets out of a situation of its own making is anything but.

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Artificial Intelligence: Human-Like Behavior For Theatrics Or Solving Real Business Problems?

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 16:54:00 -0500

In many ways, Sophia is less about AI and more about theatrics. ‘Her’ creators have combined AI, robotics, and elements of show business to prove that a fake person can be sufficiently realistic to be appealing rather than repulsive.

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Trump's Pick Now Able To 'Tame The CFPB' While Judge Mulls Richard Cordray's Parting Shot

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 15:45:00 -0500

A federal judge on Tuesday rejected arguments by Leandra English, who was named the deputy director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau by outgoing director Richard Cordray, in a lawsuit she brought over the agency’s interim leadership.

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Move Over, Tesla: China Holds The Keys To Electric Vehicles

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 11:37:00 -0500

In an interview with Reuters, Arnoud Balhuizen, chief commercial officer of BHP Billiton, called 2017 the “revolution year [for electric vehicles], and copper is the metal of the future.” Balhuizen’s assessment couldn’t be more accurate, and the implications are too compelling to ignore.

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Why The World's Largest Pork Producer Is Breaking New Sustainability Barriers

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 09:28:00 -0500

This past year was likely the busiest ever for Stewart and his team at Smithfield, after they made an industry-leading commitment on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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Why Japan Should Release Radioactive Fukushima Water Into The Ocean

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 06:00:00 -0500

Slowly releasing tritium-contaminated water at Fukushima to the Pacific Ocean is a very good idea. No other radioactive elements are in the water and tritium just isn’t very radioactive. Tritium self-dilutes in all water really quickly, even in our bodies, making it almost impossible to harm anyone.

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Ukraine's Naftogaz Hires DC Lobbyist To Fight Russia's Gazprom

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 15:36:00 -0500

Atlantic Council senior fellow and former Senate Foreign Relations Committee Staffer to help Ukraine's gas company fight its Russian enemy, Gazprom.

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Seat Of Power Episode 8: Scott Harrison's Fight For Clean Water Around The World

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 13:17:00 -0500

Why charity: water founder and Scott Harrison built his organization as a digital-first charity, and how he's working to solve the global water crisis.

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Clean Power Plan Is Ripping Coal Country Down The Middle

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 13:05:00 -0500

The Trump administration took its cause of repealing the Clean Power Plan to coal country today. Some witnesses testified that such efforts would devastate their communities while others said that embracing the plan would catapult them light years ahead.

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Asia Upstream's Strategic Challenges

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 11:56:00 -0500

Asian companies have been on the back foot during the downturn, unlike the Majors, and yet many face steep declines in production in the early 2020s. They need to adopt a strategic approach to business development to build a self-sustaining, balanced and diversified upstream portfolio.

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How Utilities Can Save Their Customers $15 Billion

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 10:20:00 -0500

Leading utilities spend about 25% to 40% as much on operations and maintenance as their least-efficient peers. Here's how other executives can learn from their success.

Overpricing Renewable Power Is Dangerous

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 08:12:00 -0500

Contracts for renewable power are often over-priced and include unrealistic price inflation terms. This creates a risk for the producer as they receive price levels increasingly divorced from the market.

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After Investing Billions, Is Illinois Grid Modernization Paying Off For Utilities And Customers?

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 08:05:00 -0500

Illinois has invested billions in energy infrastructure, and ranks 2nd in the U.S. on grid modernization, but is this effort paying off? Expanding real-time electricity pricing could save customers money, reduce demand, and ensure the state gets the most out of grid modernization.

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Red States, Led By Texas, Spearheaded 'War On Coal'

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 00:01:00 -0500

When carbon emissions from coal plants dropped by record amounts in 2015, Texas led the charge, according to a new analysis from the Energy Information Administration. Nine of the ten states where emissions dropped the most in 2015 turned out to be red states that would go for Trump in 2016.

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'Net-Zero Emissions' Is Within Our Grasp -- And Will Directly Benefit Our Grandchildren

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 17:52:00 -0500

Holding my granddaughter in my arms, I am overwhelmed by how great the danger of a warming world has become for those who are already alive today.

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Carrizo Oil & Gas Sells Off Last Of Non-Core Assets For $140M

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 15:50:00 -0500

The Houston company's asset sales will help it pay down debt and focus on its properties in the Delaware and Eagle Ford basins, but the markets haven't been impressed.

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Phoney Lawsuits: A 'Most Probable' Scheme Has TCPA Plaintiff On Track For One Last Payday

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 14:35:00 -0500

It’s likely that a Polish immigrant is taking advantage of a federal law to score hundreds of thousands of dollars in settlements, but that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be allowed to.

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Study Says Dealers Are Ill-Prepared For The Coming Wave Of Electric Cars

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 14:21:00 -0500

Not surprisingly, Tesla dealers do the best job of selling electric cars; other brands were found to fall far short.

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Opinion: China Has Tempered Its Expansion In The Disputed South China Sea

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 05:00:00 -0500

An accumulation of foreign pressure has mothballed Beijing's inflammatory use of landfill to build up islets for military use in the disputed South China Sea.

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Fear Will Drive Oil Prices In 2018

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 18:00:00 -0500

Oil prices are governed by cycles, and recent indications are that we are moving back into a cycle that will be governed by fear of insufficient oil supplies.

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Infiniti's 2019 QX50 Mid-size SUV Gets A New Engine And Platform At The LA Auto Show

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 13:17:00 -0500

The 2019 QX50 mid-size SUV is powered by the brand’s VC-Turbo engine, the world’s first production-ready variable compression ratio engine.

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Big Oil Seeks To Plug Methane Leaks And Burnish Its Image

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 11:27:00 -0500

Eight major oil companies are going all-in to cut their methane emissions -- and to push for those along their supply chains to do the same. Improved transparency and regulation are key to their efforts.

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Oil Prices Can't Find Direction

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:12:00 -0500

Oil prices were up but have fallen down a bit again. Extending the OPEC, non-OPEC production cut agreement beyond March 2018 is an obvious necessity.

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What Harvey Taught Us: Lessons From The Energy Industry

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:43:00 -0500

Planning exercises after Superstorm Sandy paid off for the energy industry when Harvey parked over Houston, dumping 51 inches of rain on the nation’s energy capital. Executives at a dozen companies offer a look at the industry before, during and after Harvey, and what areas still need improvement.

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In The First Brexit Direct Hit, UK Carbon Traders Are Set To Lose £400m On Jan. 1

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:31:00 -0500

After a humiliating failed attempt at blackmail, the UK government has been unable to block an amendment that will render British carbon permits worthless in six weeks time. The direct impacts of Brexit are starting to hit.

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DryShips' Strong Quarterly Results Show The Company's Earnings Potential

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:30:00 -0500

DryShips' third quarter results show the revenue power from its old fleet and the earnings potential of its new ships.

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Divergent 3D Raises Over $65 Million For Its Car Factory Of The Future

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:30:00 -0500

The Los Angeles-based startup backed by Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing has raised more than $90 million for a system using high-speed 3D metal printers, laser cutters and vinyl wraps rather than paint to make auto production cheaper, cleaner and more flexible.

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Nebraska State Regulators Approve Keystone XL Pipeline, Or Do They?

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:47:00 -0500

TransCanada Corporation's Keystone XL pipeline passed a major hurdle after receiving approval from the Nebraska Public Services Commission. Yet the Commission's decisions leaves many on both sides of the fight questioning the decision.

The Divestment Movement Runs Up Onto The Shoals Of Reality

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:18:00 -0500

As the health of the U.S. oil and gas industry improves, managers of major public pension funds find themselves under increasing pressure to justify the divestment-based strategies they have pursued in recent years.

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Taiwan Finds A Way Into The World Climate Dialogue Despite China

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:00:00 -0500

Taiwan came up with a clever way to get as close as possible to the climate change talks, known as the 23rd conference of the parties, in Bonn and score some international attention this month.

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We Are Still In and We're More Committed than Ever

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:32:00 -0500

With COP23 concluded and my Ceres colleagues home from Bonn, I’m grounded in a renewed affirmation of where we stand – as both Americans and as global citizens – and I’m more energized than ever to move faster and more boldly into the future.

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In Search Of Fiscal 'Win-Win' To Spur Upstream Investment

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:57:00 -0500

Most host governments are struggling to attract capital to offshore E&P. The industry's doing its bit in driving costs down, but governments also have a part to play and the two sides can be their own worst enemy. We map out a way forward to break the impasse that should spur upstream investment.

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Smart Contracts On The Blockchain: Can Businesses Reap The Benefits?

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:20:00 -0500

Companies and individuals alike can no longer avoid the hype around blockchain and crypto currencies. While all hypes should be taken with a pinch of salt, some elements of blockchain, such as smart contracts, are being held up as truly set to drive dynamic and positive change.

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There's A Time For Everything -- Especially Buying Stuff

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:00:00 -0500

Whether it’s oil, uranium, rooftop solar, luggage or refrigerators, it turns out there’s a best time to buy stuff. Although it turns out to depend on the stuff, it also depends whether you’re buying at a store or online.

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Is This A Normal Business Cycle, Or Are We Seeing Structural Changes To The Energy Business?

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:03:00 -0500

It’s easy to assume that today’s relatively low oil prices are just a sign of the latest commodity cycle. But a number of factors point to something else – the beginnings of long-term structural change in the energy business.

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With Route Approval In Place, What Next For Keystone XL Pipeline?

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:34:00 -0500

Nebraska has given the pipeline its final needed regulatory approval. Environmental groups are expected to try to tie the project up in court, but their hope that the lower price of oil will make the pipeline uneconomical is wrong. Here's why it still likely pencils out.

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Delhi's Deadly Air: How India Is Falling Short On Fighting Pollution

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:30:00 -0500

BY SANTOSH HARISH - Since the beginning of November, average pollution levels in Delhi, India's capital, have exceeded 10 times the World Health Organization-recommended 24-hour levels. At its worst, pollution levels were nearly 40 times this number.

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Did Elon Musk Just Say Tesla's New Roadster Will Fly?

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:09:00 -0500

It’s claimed to be as fast as a rocket, so why not?

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Turning Point: Global Supply Chains And Carbon

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:28:00 -0500

Twenty-five years ago the Union of Concerned Scientists published what they hoped would be a game-changing wake-up call to the world. In it, 1,700 esteemed scientists called out what they saw as a broad pattern of rising environmental damage that would, if unchecked, lead to “vast human misery.”...

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"Coal strikes out" versus cheap renewables, but winning on climate may require a policy pinch hitter

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:05:00 -0500

Renewable energy is the world's cheapest source of new electricity generation, according to the International Energy Agency. But while cheap renewables means “coal strikes out,” reducing emissions enough to avoid dangerous climate change requires comprehensive policy action.

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A New U.S.-China Energy Relationship May Be On The Horizon

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:00:00 -0500

During President Trump's visit to China, two important energy proposals were signed. If these come to fruition, they will represent a new energy relationship between the countries.

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An Economically Rational Argument For Corporate Diversity

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 06:34:00 -0500

Aside from meeting standards of fairness, there is a strong argument to be made from an economic point of view for diversity in corporate leadership.

It Looks Like The U.S. May Never Leave The Paris Climate Accord

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 19:30:00 -0500

Based on the behavior of U.S. delegates at the UN climate summit in Bonn, many countries are starting to suspect that the U.S. government is operating under the assumption it will never leave the global climate accord.

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Natural Gas Prices Have Finally Started To Rise

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 19:04:00 -0500

It's taken a while of course, but U.S. natural gas prices have started to rise right at the start of the winter heating season, where demand can double from summer to up over 140 Bcf/d.

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Yes, Even Millennial Households Can Afford Solar Energy

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 06:00:00 -0500

Getting solar energy is easier than you think, and it can save you money. Learn three tactics that utility companies don't want you to know.

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