North America
Shale fuelling a looming energy credit crunch
10 May 2012
The financial woes of the US’ largest unconventional gas players could not only destabilise the energy sector, they pose a threat to the wider economy, argues Dr Ruud Weijermars*
Back to the future for US oil as it changes dynamic
29 March 2012
New outlooks are transforming the US energy market, with many more shifting boundaries set to come
Energy policy provides key to US election
28 March 2012
It could well be the sleeper issue of the US election campaign - pump prices and the rising cost of fuel for motorists.
Ethical oil revisited amid Keystone XL decision
1 December 2011
Does the US really depend on repressive nations to meet its oil consumption needs?
Gulf of Mexico investment opportunities for UK firms
17 November 2011
UK oil and gas companies would do well to keep the Gulf of Mexico on their radar as Pemex opens the door to foreign investment
Keystone XL all but dead as special investigation is announced
8 November 2011
The US State Department has a tack in its left hand and a hammer in its right. The final nail in Keystone XL’s coffin is about to be struck
Ted the Terrible downplays oil sands in favour of clean energy
3 November 2011
Alberta's new energy minister, Ted Morton, is reaching out to Canada, downplaying the oil sands in favour of new, clean-energy technology
Obama signs the US up for transparency
21 September 2011
In a speech, President Obama noted the importance of energy companies disclosing the payments that foreign governments demand of them
US plots South Sudan sanctions relief
21 September 2011
US government officials are drawing up guidelines that will allow the country’s oil companies to operate in South Sudan, without breaching sanctions imposed against its northern neighbour
Canada grapples with its energy strategy
13 July 2011
As an emerging energy superpower, Canada’s disparate provinces must agree a united approach to energy policy
Niko Resources pleads guilty to bribery in Canada
29 June 2011
Calgary-based oil and gas explorer Niko Resources has pleaded guilty to bribery in only the second case of its kind in Canada
Big Oil set for Senate finance committee show-down
10 May 2011
US oil executives are preparing for a face-off with the Senate finance committee on Thursday as lawmakers called on the industry to defend tax breaks worth an estimated $4 billion a year, even as consumers face rising gasoline prices
Industry riled by ‘no we can’t’ US energy policy
5 May 2011
Representatives of the US offshore industry are demanding that the Obama administration lift political obstacles to exploration
Texas governor asks Clinton to back Keystone XL
7 April 2011
Texas governor Rick Perry has written to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asking her to approve a controversial pipeline from the Canadian oil sands to the US Gulf coast
US corporate transparency legislation: Lifting the veil
31 March 2011
The oil industry is worried that new US corporate-transparency legislation will undermine the EITI and its strategy of good governance
Energy policy: A state of disunion in the US
24 February 2011
President Obama's plans to green the US economy face political and financial obstacles
What they said about Obama's State of the Union address
24 February 2011
Opinions on the SOU, energy and the US economy from across the industry and political spectrum
The US: A gas market turned on its head
24 February 2011
US LNG-import terminals are signing agreements to export North American gas, but many variables affect the economics of these potentially risky ventures
What the spill commission didn't say about Deepwater Horizon
27 January 2011
Obama's White House has failed to deliver the energy-policy reform the US needs
After the US mid-terms
28 October 2010
US energy policy remains President Obama's number-one priority, but with control of Congress in the balance, it will remain in limbo
$80/b oil: An obstacle to US economic recovery
28 October 2010
US unemployment data suggest the country's economic recovery remains weak. This will weigh on world energy markets in the coming months
China and Canada building bridges
28 October 2010
Canada is under mounting pressure to decide how far it will allow foreign state ownership of natural resources
Worried, big oil fights back
30 September 2010
The US oil and gas industry's leading trade association has launched a powerful campaign aimed at mobilising Americans to oppose legislation it says would hinder economic growth, cost jobs and erode energy security
Who's who in the congressional climate-change battle
1 September 2010
THE US' debate over GHG emissions has become as heated as the effect of those emissions on the earth's air and oceans. Emotions have been running high as fierce advocates of both sides of the issue take their battle to the House and Senate floor
US Congress looks at spill-liability limits
1 September 2010
COSTS associated with BP's massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico have already risen to more than $6bn, including over $300m to compensate people and businesses adversely affected by the incident
United States: Obama misses opportunity on climate change
1 July 2010
PRESIDENT Barack Obama addressed the US from the Oval Office last month, intending to reframe the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in terms of a push for legislation on climate change. He failed