Texas Oil Companies Work To Adapt To Falling Oil Prices

Fourteen months ago, during a U.S. Senate hearing on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), EPA was asked to explain how it decides how much ethanol will be blended into the nation’s fuel supply each year under the agency’s RFS authority. You can read about that conversation here, but the gist of the exchange is that… Keep reading →

Central Utah Anchors State's Coal Mining Industry

While mining is essential to modern civilization, providing the required resources to fuel our favorite luxuries, even miners understand that the practice can get messy. Moving and removing several thousand tons of rock and dirt will never be a thoroughly simple endeavor, and some communities near active mines could potentially be inconvenienced if the operation… Keep reading →

Australian Electricity Prices Surge 50 Percent In Five Years

On September 22, the Administration announced two new policies that will facilitate a more transparent and efficient permitting and review process for complex infrastructure projects.

Despite High Emissions, New Coal Power Plants Planned in Germany

  Some thoughts on EPA’s proposed program to encourage voluntary methane emissions reductions from existing sources. The Methane Challenge Program would expand on the Natural Gas STAR program by recognizing companies that make specific emissions reduction commitments and agree to submit annual data on the progress they’re making. First, industry supports voluntary. The program could… Keep reading →

Ethanol Industry Threatened By Midwest Drought

Motorcycles aren’t designed to use higher ethanol-blend fuels like E15, and the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) warns that using E15 in a motorcycle can void its warranty. There’s serious concern about inadvertent misfueling, as well as the possibility that the push for more E15 in the fuel supply could out E0 (gasoline containing zero ethanol).… Keep reading →

Arctic drilling

Amazing regulation is bad for Shell, walruses, and people, all at the same time.

Apple Borrego

The commercial and industrial solar power sector has not yet taken flight in the same way that residential and utility-scale solar has in recent years. But to many in the solar industry, that just screams opportunity. The C&I solar market is a strange animal for several reasons, but changing economics, regulations and technology appear to… Keep reading →

European Parliament Proposes Tough Measures On Conflict Minerals

Prime Minister David Cameron Tries To Take A Harder Line with Europe

On May 20, 2015, by a narrow margin the left wing of the European Parliament successfully pushed through amendments to a proposed conflict minerals law that would, if enacted, be much more onerous and involve hundreds of thousands more European businesses in the process of tracking conflict minerals than the regulation proposed by the European Commission and supported by the Parliament’s International Trade Committee and industry.

Markets Rise On Economic Data

Industries Are Critical of Proposed Stricter Ozone Standards The Hill: Business groups are waging war on the Obama administration’s proposal to reduce ozone pollution, arguing the regulations would cripple the U.S. economy. In order to comply with the proposed rule, many areas of the country would have to all but shut down land development and… Keep reading →

The Shale Play Today – February 2015

Oil Boom Shifts The Landscape Of Rural North Dakota

“Waters of the United States” or “WOTUS” in the esoteric taxonomy of the Clean Water Act (“CWA”), is a term with which many are becoming increasingly familiar. This deceptively simple phrase is anything but simple in its application…

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