Oil Prices Continue To Rise With Demand

On September 28, 2015, Royal Dutch Shell (Shell) announced its decision to cancel its Arctic drilling operations after unsuccessful exploratory drilling in the Chukchi Sea off the northwest coast of Alaska. Shell decided to exit the Arctic after an investment of approximately $7 billion in oil exploration, citing disappointing exploratory results at the Burger J… Keep reading →

Energy & Environment Update – September 2015 #4

As Default Deadline Nears, Congress Continues Debate Debt Ceiling Plan

Congress is focusing this week on finalizing a continuing resolution and preparing for new House Republican leadership in the wake of Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) retirement announcement.

Domestic Oil And Gas Production

America’s energy revolution means … A United States that’s more energy self-sufficient – less dependent on others, more secure in the world and better positioned to help friends abroad Economic growth and job creation – and with the right policy choices, a golden opportunity to secure American prosperity well into the future A stronger U.S.… Keep reading →


There weren’t too many surprises from Jeb Bush when he outlined his energy strategy in Pennsylvania earlier this week. The former Florida Governor is recovering from a drop in the polls following a poor showing in the latest Republican debate and was hitting all the right notes for traditional conservatives with his standard GOP energy… Keep reading →

With AFP Story by Veronique DUPONT: US-E

Nobody can predict the future. But from markets to sports, so much of our world is focused on speculation. Ohio-based FirstEnergy has a habit of missing market predictions in spectacular fashion, often because the numbers it advances “prove” the political point that would most benefit the utility’s bottom line. Consider the case of Environmental Protection… Keep reading →

Congress And Energy This Fall

Congress Reconvenes After Midterm Elections

Congress could consider wide-ranging energy legislation this fall if they can get past a Continuing Resolution, rumors of a government shut-down and pre-election year politics.

Manufacturing To Be A Key Election Issue

Chesapeake Energy announced it has cut about 15 percent of its workforce, or 740 jobs, as depressed oil and gas prices force deeper cost cutting. [CNBC] With Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs has just gone soft on energy following a recent $20 per barrel of oil prediction, some analysts are predicting prospective investments while prices… Keep reading →

OPEC Ministers Attend Conference In Iran

Three experts discuss the need to better inform U.S. and European companies about the continued risks of doing business with Iran, including the particulars of how secondary sanctions will be enforced once the nuclear deal is implemented.  On September 16, The Washington Institute held a special one-day conference on the ramifications of the Iran nuclear… Keep reading →

Congress Meets As Government Shutdown Looms

On September 22, 2015, Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Democratic Leader Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) released The American Energy Innovation Act of 2015.

Battle Looms For Coastal Wetland In Southern California

The Washington Post reports that a coalition of environmental activists wants the Obama administration to stop new federal leasing for oil and natural gas development. Notwithstanding the broad energy, economic and security benefits produced by America’s energy revolution, the opportunity to secure America’s future and significant air quality progress, their position is simple: Keep it… Keep reading →

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