Archive for August, 2014

 

Harsh Arctic Conditions Test Industry’s Capabilities

Federal regulators this week received Royal Dutch Shell’s application to bore an exploratory well in the Arctic waters of the Chukchi Sea. Although the company has not made any final decisions, the application, filed with th...

The “Oversupply” Narrative: Behind the Headlines

Last week’s moderate price slip, in which Brent Crude oil dropped to nearly $101 a barrel (from recent highs of $113 in June), and West Texas Intermediate fell to $93 per barrel (from $105, again in June), caused a flurry of pre...

Exports, Renewable Fuels Drive Questions on Larger Energy Challenges

Emboldened by the recent decision enabling Enterprise Product Partners and Pioneer Natural Resources to export unrefined condensate, a form of extremely light crude oil, producers are doubling down on efforts to enable broader ref...

Two Electric Vehicle Myths: Debunked

There are two common misconceptions as to why electric vehicles might not work for the typical American. The first is that EV owners are “left high and dry” because of an inadequate infrastructure network. The second misconcep...

China Seeks to Replicate Shale Boom in Quest for Natural Gas

Here in the United States, oil and gas extraction via hydraulic fracturing remains somewhat controversial from an environmental perspective. But right now, China is hoping that a shale gas revolution will bring significant environ...

Fifty-Five Million Dollars for Vehicle Efficiency and Energy Security

Last week, the Department of Energy announced a new round of funding for the research and development of advanced vehicle and vehicle efficiency technologies, allocating $55 million across 31 different projects. The projects are t...

Together with Grid Enhancements, EVs Make Important Strides

Electric vehicles are a rapidly growing component of the U.S. transportation sector. Last year alone, 97,000 EVs were added to U.S. roads and highways, helping to bring the nation’s total fleet to its current level of 225,00...

Russia Sanctions: Plenty of Wiggle Room

The latest round of sanctions from the European Union and United States have observers wondering what effects they will have on Russia’s oil production. There are differences of opinion from commentators, investment banks, and t...

China Surges Forward with “New Energy Vehicles”

It wasn’t long ago that the United States was the world’s largest importer of oil. While we maintain the dubious honor of being the world’s largest consumer of said black gold, China has now surpassed the United States a...

All Eyes on ISIS

With Islamic State (ISIS) forces approaching the Kurdish Autonomous Region, the Obama administration authorized air strikes on ISIS positions around Erbil. The city, which lies near a number of oil wells, is the capital of the Kur...
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