Politics

Bulls and bears converge: Sentiment shifts, misperceptions in the global oil market

Bulls and bears converge: Sentiment shifts, misperceptions in the global oil market

Expect fluctuating oil prices for at least the next few quarters and potentially well into 2018 For the past two years, we have tended to be aligned with the pessimists camp relative to the timing of oil market rebalance and the ability of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) or anyone else—absent a […]

Oil sands often called ‘toxic’ but scientists’ evidence over-stated – Alberta health sciences prof

Oil sands often called ‘toxic’ but scientists’ evidence over-stated – Alberta health sciences prof

By Warren Kindzierski Three recent University of Alberta studies by Professor Bill Shotyk reported in the Edmonton Journal suggest that chemical contaminants in the Athabasca River around oil sands “may be overstated, with levels of metals vanishingly small.” That conclusion lit up the world of toxic-chemical alarmism. Five Canadian scientists led by David Schindler, also […]

Outgoing US regulator says ‘bring on more renewables,’ as grid study looms

Outgoing US regulator says ‘bring on more renewables,’ as grid study looms

US regulator Colette Honorable sees no problem with renewables’ reliability Colette Honorable, a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, said at a conference on Tuesday that renewables do not make the US electricity grid less stable. Honorable made the comments prior to the release of a study by the Trump administration that examined if […]

NY Supreme Court Justice to Schneiderman: “You are wasting my time”

NY Supreme Court Justice to Schneiderman: “You are wasting my time”

Justice asked whether attorney generals were using power of government to silence voices that disagree with them by Katie Brown, PhD, EnergyInDepth Late last week, a New York State Supreme justice, clearly frustrated with the shenanigans surrounding New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s #ExxonKnew crusade, “repeatedly expressed impatience with the length of the investigation,” as […]

ExxonMobil: NY Attorney General’s “reckless and false allegations” misstate climate policies

ExxonMobil: NY Attorney General’s “reckless and false allegations” misstate climate policies

ExxonMobil calls out attorney general for distributing filing to media before submitting it to court New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman made “inflammatory, reckless and false allegations” when he misstated how ExxonMobil assesses the potential impacts of climate policy on its business to justify expanding a politically based investigation with “ever-shifting and unravelling investigative theories,” […]

Sierra Club once again denies science on fracking and groundwater

Sierra Club once again denies science on fracking and groundwater

U.S. EPA 5 year study found no evidence of widespread contamination of drinking water from fracking by Nicole Jacobs, EnergyInDepth In a not-so-surprising move, Sierra Club issued a statement last week disregarding the findings of a recent United States Geological Survey (USGS) study that found fracking is NOT impacting groundwater in three major U.S. shale plays. […]

Managing Canada’s ‘Energy Transition’ – devil is in the details

Managing Canada’s ‘Energy Transition’ – devil is in the details

Evolution to a true low-carbon economy is not a 30-year transition, but a 50-to-100-year transformation By Daniel F. Muzyka, Conference Board of Canada In recent years, we have experienced a growing international consensus on the need to create a low-carbon future in order to mitigate major climatic changes that will impact economies and societies worldwide. […]

API Report: Amidst shale revolution, industry safer than ever

API Report: Amidst shale revolution, industry safer than ever

Injury and illness rate for U.S. oil, gas workers fell 45% from 2006 to 2015 by Jack Anderson, EnergyInDepth The American Petroleum Institute (API) released a new report last week that discusses the long history of hydraulic fracturing in the United States and forecasts the outlook for the future. Spoiler alert: the best may be […]

USGS study adds to overwhelming evidence fracking not significant threat to water

USGS study adds to overwhelming evidence fracking not significant threat to water

Data indicate UOG plays were not important sources of methane in sampled wells By Seth Whitehead, EnergyInDepth The United States Geological Survey (USGS) released a study Wednesday that echoes the topline conclusions of an already overwhelming list of peer-reviewed papers concluding hydraulic fracturing is not a major threat to drinking water. After randomly sampling 116 […]

NOAA study suggests research on Obama-era Methane Rules has inflated data

NOAA study suggests research on Obama-era Methane Rules has inflated data

NOAA study timely as EPA issued 90-day stay on Obama-era fugitive methane emissions rules by Seth Whitehead, EnergyInDepth A new peer-reviewed National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) study suggests emission estimates reported in a series of studies used to justify federal methane regulations may have been significantly exaggerated. The latter research garnered considerable media coverage based […]