Volkswagen TDI

Citing German privacy laws, Volkswagen has refused to provide emails or other communications among its executives to attorneys general in the United States, impeding American investigations into the company’s emissions-cheating scandal. [The NY Times] Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today awarded $46 million in assistance to the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation to support energy efficiency and… Keep reading →

Working With Alaska To Reduce Energy Use And #ActOnClimate


During my first year as the Deputy Secretary of Energy, I had the privilege of visiting Alaska at the invitation of Senator Lisa Murkowski. Together we flew over the state, above the magnificent Denali National Park, and met with Alaskans to hear about the energy challenges they face. Two facts are very clear: one, remote… Keep reading →

The 70th Anniversary Of The D-Day Landings Are Commemorated In Normandy

A new draft agreement text emerged from the Paris climate meeting late Thursday that brought the process “extremely close to the finishing line,” said French foreign minister Laurent Fabius. [The Washington Post] Royal Dutch Shell waged a behind-the-scenes campaign to circumvent environmental regulations to enable it to drill for oil in the Chukchi Sea. [Alaska… Keep reading →

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Energy stocks rose this Monday morning along with the price of oil. [ABC] One of the most eroded Native Alaskan villages is being considered as a possible national model for moving entire communities whose futures are threatened by climate change. [The NY Times] Suncor Energy is making a $4.3 billion bid to acquire Canadian Oil… Keep reading →

Future Uncertain For Nuclear Energy In California

The UN atomic energy agency has received documents from Iran on its proposed nuclear programme initiating the country’s anticipated international clearance. [UN News Center] The recent Gold King accident has heightened a debate here over the future of the Mountain Region’s old mines, amid the risk of toxic demise that could occur at any of… Keep reading →

Yukos Oil and Gas Company

Bar the Shell-BG merger in April 2015, the value of oil and gas mergers  in the second quarter of 2015 was the lowest since 2008. [EIA] Hawaii Governor David Ige has stated that he doesn’t support the sale of Hawaiian Electric to Florida-based NextEra Energy. [The Huffington Post] A strategy pushed by former Alaska Governor… Keep reading →

Two U.S. Navy Vessels Collide

A recent analysis in “Today in Energy” looked at oil production in Alaska and concluded that oil exploration in the US Arctic continues despite the current low price environment. No surprise there given that the energy industry requires long lead times for new projects and new production in order to replace ‘extracted reserves’ and meet… Keep reading →


Last month President Obama defended administration policies on oil and natural gas development after opponents of Arctic drilling criticized a federal agency’s decision to give conditional approval to Shell’s exploratory drilling plans in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska. The president: Until the U.S. transitions to other fuel “we are going to continue to be using fossil fuels.… Keep reading →


WASHINGTON— Today, when visiting the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program at the University of Alaska-Anchorage, Deputy Energy Secretary Elizabeth Sherwood announced that as part of the President’s Climate Action Plan, the Department of Energy has selected five Alaska Native villages to receive technical assistance through the Alaska Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program.… Keep reading →


Tough timing for Shell on this announcement from the National Transportation Safety Board: The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the grounding of the mobile offshore drilling unit Kulluk was Shell’s inadequate assessment of the risk for its planned tow of the Kulluk, resulting in implementation of a tow plan insufficient to mitigate that… Keep reading →

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