New EPA Regulation To Cut Emissions From Coal-Fired Plants In US

Last October, the 10 CEOs of major oil and gas producers, including BP, China National Petroleum and Saudi Aramco, announced an aspiration to reach near zero methane emissions from their companies’ natural gas value chains. They pledged, as part of their participation in the Oil & Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI), to work together on a target that… Keep reading →

General view of an oil refinery

Recently, Texans for Natural Gas (TXNG) issued a report claiming methane emissions have drastically decreased in several of the largest natural gas producing counties in Texas from 2011 to 2016. The notion of methane emissions rapidly declining across Texas during the largest U.S. oil and gas boom of the century is described in the report’s blog post… Keep reading →

Renewable Energy Update – March 2017 #3

California Power Grid Strained By Heat Wave

Environmentalists are cheering California Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León’s (D) plan to accelerate, the state’s current renewables mandate of 50 percent by 2050.

Demand For Natural Gas

Bernie Sanders launched a new climate campaign on Wednesday, aimed at fighting global warming by banning new coal, oil and gas mining on public land. [The Guardian] Duke Energy is dropping plans for a 45-mile transmission line that would have run across the Western Carolinas. [The Citizen Times] Shell has announced Tuesday its $70 billion… Keep reading →

Arctic Drilling 2

Shell loses, but everybody wins.

San Francisco Career Fair Helps Military Veterans Find Jobs

The energy industry – oil & gas sector in particular – is bracing itself for a massive wave of retirements over the short to medium term, which has been dubbed “The Great Shift Change.” As the industry prepares for this turnover, companies are looking to the next generation of candidates with skills ranging from finance, geology,… Keep reading →


Given the global political, economic, and corporate forces involved in drilling for oil in the Arctic it is… cute that 13 Greenpeace activists and a “coalition of kayaks” think they can effect meaningful change. Yesterday, Greenpeace choked off the shipping channel on the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon to stop Royal Dutch Shell from getting… Keep reading →

Arctic drilling

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


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 →

Shell Reports Large Drop In Quarterly Earnings

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