All Energy Voices

  • Oil markets wonder: Whither OPEC?

    There is a high degree of uncertainty over how November's OPEC meeting and Iranian nuclear negotiations will unfold. Either way, the end of November will have a huge impact on oil prices.

  • How Russia could derail US natural gas exports

    US natural gas producers may be seeing their dream of substantial liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports suffer fatal injury because of Russian exports to the Chinese market, Cobb writes, a market that was expected to be the largest and most profitable for LNG exporters.

  • Keystone XL: Does it matter anymore? (+video)

    Debate on the Keystone XL pipeline has resurfaced on Capitol Hill in the last week. But with oil prices falling and alternative routes for oil to get to market, the Keystone XL pipeline is less important to global oil flows than it was six years ago.

  • Winter is coming. Is US energy ready?

    While no-one can accurately predict the weather, judging from the market as it currently stands, a repeat of 2014's polar vortex-effect is unlikely. Winter is indeed coming, Topf writes, but it seems natural gas supplies are ready for it.

  • Can the Iraqi-Kurdish oil deal last?

    Kurdistan and Iraq's central government have inked a major but temporary deal over oil exports. 

  • Halliburton, Baker Hughes merge; Keystone XL returns; US, China go green [Recharge]

    Halliburton and Baker Hughes join forces amid plummeting oil prices; Debate over Keystone XL resurfaces in Congress; The US and China reach a groundbreaking climate deal. Catch up on the latest in global energy with Recharge.

  • Are US and China climate goals realistic?

    US President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced commitments this week aimed at stemming climate-warming carbon emissions. But observers wonder if those goals are realistic, and if they're ambitious enough to make a difference.

  • Oil supplies may not keep up with demand, IEA says

    Oil prices may be low now, but don't bank on cheap prices forever. The International Energy Agency's latest report indicates that demand will rebound significantly, and the supply side will have difficulty keeping up.

  • Russia in weak position for new gas deal with China

    The new natural gas deal between China and Russia is lopsided in China's favor. Western sanctions, plunging oil prices, and a plummeting currency all put Russia at a bargaining disadvantage vis-à-vis China.

  • Early signs of a pullback in US oil drilling

    Watch out, US shale boom: Plummeting oil prices are challenging the economics of expensive shale drilling. Low oil prices make shale drilling less profitable, and some oil companies are paring back spending and drilling plans as a result. 

  • Oil sands companies under pressure following wildlife deaths

    More than a hundred birds died in Alberta oil sands waste ponds last week, raising questions about whether oil companies in Canada are doing enough to protect wildlife. 

  • Republicans capture Senate; Report warns of climate change; Cheap oil creates price showdown [Recharge]

    Republicans won the Senate in last week's midterm elections, setting the stage for pro-oil and gas legislation and a fight over Obama's clean power plan. The International Panel on Climate Change released a report describing "severe, widespread, and irreversible impacts" of climate change. Tumbling oil prices threaten Saudi Arabia's profits and the US's shale boom.

  • Midterm election results: Good news for Keystone XL pipeline

    Republicans captured the Senate in Tuesday's elections, setting the stage for the GOP to push major energy issues – including approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. And with support from moderate Senate Democrats, Keystone likely has the support to make it through Congress.

  • Slow climate change or end energy poverty? Let's do both.

    The goal of curbing global greenhouse gas emissions can sometimes appear at odds with efforts to expand electricity access to the 1.3 billion around the world without it. But it is feasible to make progress on both fronts, write Goolman and Nicholson, so long as policymakers aim high. 

  • The case against US oil abundance

    The swift decline in oil prices has the media buzzing about an oil supply glut, Cobb writes. But can oil – which now trades at eight times its price during 1998's glut – be said to be experiencing an oil glut now?

  • Hyundai, Kia fine: It's more than just $100 million

    Automakers Hyundai and Kia underestimated the mileage for more than 1 million of its vehicles, landing their parent company a $100 million fine. But the Hyundai Motor Group will also have to give up greenhouse gas credits valued at more than $200 million.

  • Greens spent millions on midterm elections and lost. Or did they?

    Environmental groups dropped tens of millions to influence the midterm elections. And while they didn't keep the Senate blue, green groups hope they've made inroads with the GOP, and have elevated the profile of climate change and clean energy in American politics.

  • Oil price tumbles on Saudi price cut. Big Oil feels a pinch. (+video)

    Oil prices keep dropping and oil companies in the US and abroad are beginning to adjust their plans for a bear market. A fall in oil prices is a relief for US drivers, but it is very bad news for domestic producers that rely on high prices to keep oil flowing.

  • Elections 2014: Would a GOP win open up Arctic drilling?

    If Republicans win the US Senate in Tuesday's midterm elections, it's likely the party will move to open up Arctic drilling for oil. The controversial issue has come back in this year's midterm elections in Alaska. 

  • Despite campaign rhetoric, coal country readies for low-carbon future

    From Georgia to Wyoming, regulators in coal-dependent states are cutting emissions to meet EPA's Clean Power Plan. The plan calls for emissions cuts of 30 percent, although states have considerable flexibility to reach that goal.