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Trumping the precedent

Although President Donald Trump set a precedent of indifference to any climate change threat at the Paris Climate Change Summit earlier this year, cities across the United States have begun pledging for 100% renewable energy anyways. Even the entire state of Hawaii has planned to reach for 100% renewables, and with the most aggressive deadline […]

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Renewable Fuel Standards 2017 and the future of energy

On May 18th, 2016 the Environmental Protection Agency proposed their suggested renewable fuel standards for 2017. This proposal included historic increases in the level of renewable fuels the United States produces and, as expected, was met with much opposition from automakers, oil and gas enthusiasts, and other petroleum related businesses. Despite long term goals set […]

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OPEC production cuts: help or harm

OPEC continues to make headlines with their production cut plans possibly being extended past the original March 2018 deadline. However, the topic of whether these cuts will benefit or harm the long-standing oil capital of the world is absent from discussion. Back in January, the initial decision to cut supply was the driving force behind […]

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Methane regulation hotly contested

Last year Obama finalized new regulations on methane capture that would require oil and gas producers to better manage the expulsion of environmentally harmful methane gases from their extraction processes. However, before the rule could come into effect the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) postponed it’s implementation until 2019, giving the BLM more […]

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World politics and the energy industry

Politics across the globe affect businesses and industries of all shapes and sizes, but the energy industry in particular is closely tied to issues happening around the world. Policy changes and lawmakers are capable of drastically changing the landscape of the energy industry in one fell swoop. Furthermore, nations including Russia and China have used […]

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Scottish oil and gas a shining industry example

The oil and gas industry has faced many challenges this year as a result of oil prices fluctuating from $30 to $50 a barrel, half that of prices per barrel in 2014. But the challenge of making the industry profitable in this new age of pricing has largely revolutionized the sector for the better. Production […]

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Refinery shutdown causes gas prices to rocket

Gas around the country has experienced a shortage due to Hurricane Harvey shutting down many refineries in the Gulf coast area. The storm has caused approximately a third of the nation’s overall refinery capacity to go offline as floodwaters continue to prevent operators from getting back to work. Over the weekend pumps were offline at […]

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Harvey’s impact on energy

Hurricane Harvey blew through the Corpus Christi and Houston areas over last weekend, causing widespread flooding and a much needed moment to bring the nation together for a good cause. If you haven’t seen pictures of the extensive damage and flooding across Texas’ largest city, Houston, please take a look. It’s eye opening to see […]

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Renewable Reliability

It may be hard to believe, but solar and wind became cheaper than natural gas in many places at the end of last year according to the World Economic Forum. The LCOE, or levelized cost of electricity, for coal and natural gas runs at around $100 per megawatt hour. Ten years ago, solars levelized cost […]

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Texas offers more than oil

No farther south than you can possibly go in the continental United States lies the great country, sorry, I mean state of Texas, widely known among our peers as a safe place for cowboys, conservatives, and the booming oil and gas industry. Believe it or not, many misconceptions about TX and Texans are held by […]

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