Daily Archives: April 1, 2010

Kate Mackenzie

A good look at how Wednesday’s offshore drilling announcement will likely be viewed by individual Senators suggests it has. The move clearly risks losing 11 Democratic and independent votes. It could, maybe, make up for that by winning over some 13 Republicans – but that would be a highly unlikely scenario.  Read more

Kate Mackenzie

Switching to renweable power, as we frequently hear, is difficult. At the same time, fossil fuels are not looking like an easy option forever. PriceWaterhouseCoopers has come up with a sketch of how Europe and North Africa could get 100 per cent of their electricity from renewable energy by 2050.  Read more

Kate Mackenzie

Is natural gas the easy way to reducing greenhouse gas emissions that its supporters suggest? A very preliminary paper by Robert Howarth, a professor of ecology and environmental biology at Cornell University, says that natural gas might not be such a good option when total emissions are considered.  Read more

Kate Mackenzie

This week’s International Energy Forum in Cancun, Mexico, has marked something of a turning point for multi-lateral sentiment on oil markets. Despite some grumbling from the US, energy ministers of oil-importing countries were largely supportive of Opec’s recent actions to keep oil prices high enough to ensure investment in future production, despite the difficult history between Opec and consuming nations. Read more

Kate Mackenzie

News that Shell’s Perdido platform has begun to produce oil is a significant moment for the oil companies who are renewing their efforts to extract oil from much deeper below the Gulf of Mexico’s waters. Read more

Kate Mackenzie

- America’s more homegrown energy future

- Europe finds electric car religion

- CERA says Iraq’s oil plans are too ambitious

- The Chinese hackers are coming after our grid… or not

- Where wave and tidal power is up to

- Drill, but not everywhere Read more

Kate Mackenzie

White House seeks a climate consensus (FT)

Obama to permit Atlantic oil exploration (FT)

UK offers to back Kyoto protocol after 2012 (FT)

Energy-consuming nations align with Opec on intervention (FT)

Shell’s GoM Perdido platform starts production (Bloomberg)

Shale gas not cleaner than coal, says professor (Reuters)

Macarthur rejects $A3.3bn Macarthur bid (FT) Lex (FT)

UK CCGT output hits record in March (Argus) Read more

Sheila McNulty

The oil and gas industry has decided to meet the Obama Administration half way on its efforts to open up some areas of offshore drilling that had been closed to the industry. While they want far more than has been offered, so far, they also know they have to tread carefully given the world’s move against carbon intensive fossil fuels. Read more