Louisiana state Sen. Sharon Hewitt in guest column: ‘Raising taxes is the easy way out’

Mark Twain famously said, “Never let truth get in the way of a story.” As the Legislature’s most recent special session closed and Gov. John Bel Edwards joined many in the Legislature in celebratory high-fives, what was left unsaid is just how much government spending, and the taxes we pay, have gone up. When I […]

New Mexican President Likely to Rein in, Not Reverse Energy Reform, Says GlobalData

Following the victory of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) in Sunday’s Mexican presidential election, Will Scargill, Senior Oil and Gas Analyst at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, offers his view on the impact on the upstream sector: “AMLO has been a fierce critic of the 2014 energy reform, but his tone has moderated […]

The Most Important Geopolitical Meeting This Year

Relations between the United States and Russia have deteriorated dramatically over the years due to Moscow’s intervention in neighbouring Ukraine and its annexation of Crimea. This change in foreign policy has some analysts talking about a ‘new cold war’. Moscow’s participation and support for President Assad of Syria put Russian interest and soldiers against America’s. […]

The Saudis Won’t Prevent The Next Oil Shock

Saudi Arabia is starting to panic, and is growing concerned that the growing number of supply disruptions around the world could cause oil prices to spike. Saudi Arabia is moving quickly to head off a supply crunch, aiming to dramatically ramp up production to a record high 11 million barrels per day in July, according […]

Oil & Gas Company Releases Geologists’ North STACK Findings

These engineering and geological analyses inform the firm’s acquisitions. Jericho Oil Corp. (JCO:TSX.V; JROOF:OTC) just made available on its website the first in a series of analyses on the North STACK oil and gas play in Oklahoma’s Anadarko Super Basin. Jericho’s lead geologists Shane Matson and Ron Haveman collected and analyzed data on the Sooner […]

Sorry Tom Steyer, you can’t sue your way to climate policy

Climate change is a vital issue, and we should all expect our elected officials and duly appointed expert regulators to develop and execute appropriate public policy that serves the public interest. Exactly how that should be done is the subject of great dispute and controversy. Some believe that any and all activities that do or […]

Global energy politics are front and center at the World Cup in Russia

If you’ve watched one of this summer’s World Cup soccer matches for 10 minutes, or even seen the highlights on the news, you’ve been subtlety exposed to global energy politics and Russian propaganda. We are used to seeing ads from Adidas, McDonald’s, and Powerade surrounding the field — but Gazprom is different. For decades, the Russian natural gas monopoly has bullied Eastern […]

U.S. Hydrocarbon Gas Liquids Consumption Increases as Prices, Expenditures Decrease

Consumption of hydrocarbon gas liquids (HGL) in the United States totaled 928 million barrels in 2016, up about 12% since 2010. During the same time, total U.S. HGL prices fell by 47% and, consequently, expenditures decreased by about 41%. In 2016, total U.S. HGL expenditures were $32 billion, the lowest since 2003. The Texas and […]

OPEC nations, including Iran, subject to Moscow-Riyadh decisions

Holding an important meeting on a Friday in summer is a great way of ensuring minimal news coverage. Having a second meeting on the Saturday following virtually guarantees that by the time of the Monday morning newspapers and news shows, other issues probably will be higher on the agenda. But this weekend could be different. […]

Is Europe ready for Mariner East?

As the Mariner East expansion stumbles toward completion, it is timely to examine how ready Europe is to absorb more U.S. propane.  The Mariner East expansion will enable the U.S. to triple seaborne exports of LPG from Marcus Hook to 115,000 b/d. The ability to export more product from the U.S. East Coast places the […]