Paris Energy Update: I’ve Never Seen Anything Like This Before…

I’m opening a bottle of decent red, a normal thing one does here in Paris. Especially after the day I just had… The meeting with international energy financiers has broken up for dinner and down time. But sitting on a balcony overlooking Avenue Kléber and its late afternoon bustle, I find my mind wandering. Something[…]

Why You Shouldn’t Hold Your Breath for the Keystone XL Pipeline

On Tuesday, Donald Trump signed executive orders to move forward on the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines. Both projects have been very controversial, and served as reminders that policy decisions in the energy sector have impacts well beyond it. Of the two, the Dakota Access has been the more recent contest but also[…]

The Little-Known Energy Sector That’s Now in Trump’s Crosshairs

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), for better or worse, has huge influence over the U.S. energy markets. So President-elect Trump’s nomination of Scott Pruitt as the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is understandably grabbing a lot of headlines. For one, Pruitt has made no apology for his adamant opinion that the EPA[…]

Why I’m Paying Close Attention to the Looming UK Blackout

The UK is on the verge of another energy crisis. Like clockwork, these seem to hit the country almost every year. And it’s crucial to pay attention, because what’s happening over there shows the strength and opportunities of the energy market here at home. Earlier this year, as veteran readers will remember, the Brexit vote[…]

Here’s Who’s in Charge of the Oil Deal Now (It’s Not OPEC)

Crude oil prices moved above $52 a barrel for WTI (West Texas Intermediate, the oil benchmark rate traded in New York) before the market even opened yesterday, while Brent (the equivalent rate set in London) was above $55. Of course, the price surge results from last week’s “Vienna Accord” – the deal to cut oil[…]