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Supply? Demand? Emotion? The Future Of Crude Oil Futures Volatility

January 14, 2016 by Nathan Randazzo

Many crude oil market observers point to current global inventory levels to explain today’s low prices. The recent price decline is also attributed to concern about possible future decline in Chinese demand growth.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: Big Oil Addresses Climate Change

February 19, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Big Oil and Climate Change

This speech is important. Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben Van Beurden says that it is time for the oil industry to join the debate over climate change. Shell has long advocated for a price on carbon, but in a speech Thursday in London he took the message farther.[read more]

Breaking Free of Big Oil: Despite Oil Company Opposition, California is Moving Toward a Cleaner Future

August 26, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

California and Big Oil

The results of California’s latest cap-and-trade auction were released, marking another milestone in the state’s landmark climate and clean energy law, AB 32, which put limits on harmful climate pollution. But playing out in the background, the oil industry’s long-running campaign against AB 32 continues to escalate.[read more]

What Big Oil Isn't Telling You About California's Clean Energy Law

July 13, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Big Oil and Clean Energy Law

Last week, Big Oil cranked up, once again, its campaign to block the next critical step in California’s widely supported and successful clean energy law (AB 32) by backing last-minute radical changes to a bill by Assemblymember Henry Perea (D-Fresno) to exempt the oil industry from carbon pollution limits.[read more]

Climate Change, Public Policy, and the University

October 24, 2013 by Robert Stavins

Over the past year or more, on campuses across the United States, there has been a groundswell of student activism pressing colleges and universities to divest their holdings in fossil fuel companies from their investment portfolios.[read more]

Innovation Before Carbon Pricing

October 14, 2013 by Alex Trembath

Carbon taxes are in vogue. Economists’ predilection for price signals as the universal solution has fused with environmentalists’ impulse to punish Big Oil and Big Coal to make carbon taxes the darling of the climate change debate.[read more]

Oil and Gas Industry Violating Air Pollution Rules in Colorado

July 14, 2013 by Amy Mall

According to a recent report in the Fort Collins Coloradoan, oil and gas companies violated Colorado air quality rules 73 times in the first three months of this year alone.[read more]


Busting Big Oil Myths on the Renewable Fuel Standard: Part I

May 23, 2013 by Geoff Cooper

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Anyone with an interest in energy policy knows that a full frontal assault has been launched against the Renewable Fuel Standard. Big Oil has gone on the offensive, spreading myths and misinformation about renewable fuels.[read more]

Lessons From AT&T: Should Big Oil Get Scared?

February 5, 2013 by Zana Nesheiwat

Before 1984, only AT&T could sell long-distance telephone service, making a long-distance call to your great aunt cost $3.00 a minute. That monopoly and unfair pricing ended when a federal judge required AT&T to grant access to any carrier that wanted to sell long-distance services. Here’s a lesson from Economics 101: a monopoly has the power to set the price on a commodity.[read more]

Energy Potential vs. Energy Limitations

November 13, 2012 by Mark Green

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Think about how a new IEA projection  – that our vast shale resources will let the U.S. overtake Saudi Arabia and Russia as the world’s largest oil producer by 2020 – fits with last week’s decision by the administration to remove more than 1.5 million western acres from oil shale development.Short answer: Not very well.Although we’...[read more]

The Unlevel Playing Field for Energy

August 22, 2012 by Geoffrey Styles

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A recent analysis by the US Energy Information Agency (EIA) summarized the costs of the federal government's various "subsidies" for energy from different sources. This is both useful and timely, since discussions of specific subsidies such as the expiring wind production tax credit inevitably lead to questions about how incentives for renewable energy compare to those for oil, gas, nuclear, and other more traditional sources.[read more]

Finger-Pointing Continues on Gas Prices

April 18, 2012 by Peter Lehner

Big Oil's supporters in Congress have yet to come up with a credible plan to help get America out of the gas price crunch. Their latest effort, the Gasoline Regulations Act, is no exception. The bill merely uses gas prices as a cover to sneak through fundamental changes in longstanding clean air protections.  The bill seeks to...[read more]

Oil Companies Invest in Fossil Fuels Fifty Times More Than In Alternatives

December 15, 2011 by Simon Mui

Trend would be shifted with California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard NRDC has long supported efforts by companies to invest in cleaner technologies. We have started tracking oil industry investments in renewable fuels such as advanced biofuels, down to the company level. In a new analysis, NRDC compares those investments to traditional...[read more]

Natural Gas Splits Boone Pickens and Koch Bros While Oil Reaches $100

November 22, 2011 by Jim Pierobon

Call it a coincidence but there are undeniable linkages. Crude oil has risen once again is flirting with $100 a barrel. Meanwhile, legendary oilman T. Boone Pickens is ratcheting up his push for legislation that would boost the development of U.S. shale natural gas reserves and deploy the cleanest burning fossil fuel to supplant products...[read more]

Obama Seeks $41 Billion in Cuts To Oil and Gas Subsidies to Help Fund Jobs Package

September 14, 2011 by Joseph Romm

Just when it seemed like the debate about repealing oil and gas subsidies had faded away, President Obama gave the issue new life. Speaking at the White House yesterday, Obama proposed cutting certain tax credits to profitable oil and gas companies to pay for part of his $467 billion job-creation package.[read more]