Daily Archives: September 9, 2010

Sheila McNulty

In addressing the recent oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico, the US government has swung into action, mobilising the military and high-level officials for months on end. But roughly 350 miles east, the slow-motion environmental disaster above Houston continues unabated. Because air pollution is not only invisible, but its impact on health and the environment is not immediate, it provokes little outrage; there are no images of oil-soaked birds or devastated fishermen to provoke media ire and political action. Read more

Sylvia Pfeifer

Prepare for a media scrum next Wednesday. Tony Hayward, BP’s outgoing chief executive, will be grilled by the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee next week as part of its inquiry into the risks of deepwater drilling in the UK following the company’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. It will be Mr Hayward’s first appearance in public for several weeks and will no doubt be watched closely not just by the rest of the oil industry but also by lawmakers in the US. Read more

As Asia’s major economies bound forward and their hunger for energy surges over the next decade, Indonesia is strategically positioned to take advantage as the world’s largest exporter of coal. It is also neatly placed geographically, on the doorsteps (well, almost) of China and India. Read more

Masa Serdarevic

Elsewhere this Thursday:
- BP will find National Commission far tougher
- Who is buying Iran’s oil?
- The nearly forgotten Mariner explosion is just as bad as the BP oil spill
- A regenerative feat for solar cells
- Natural gas from shale rock promises energy revolution Read more

Masa Serdarevic

- Backlash greets BP’s internal report – FT
- Korea Oil’s hostile $2.6bn Dana bid marks new aggression – Bloomberg
- Dana offers ‘olive branch’ to KNOC – FT
- US offshore drilling agency overwhelmed, says report- WSJ
- Hyundai unveils its first electric car – Reuters
- Ikea buys six German wind farms – FT
- BP shares out thunder for its perfect storm – FT
- Legal battle over spill still wide open – FT Read more

In this week’s podcast: BP’s internal investigations report – we ask what the legal implications are for the company and are joined by Steve Cunningham, chief executive of metering company Landis + GYR, who tells Fiona Harvey, the FT’s environment correspondent, all about smart grids and smart meters Read more