Environmental Implications Of Lead-Acid And Lithium-Ion Batteries

Following recent articles I wrote on both lithium-ion and lead-acid batteries, I received significant correspondence about the environmental pros and cons of both types of battery. In this article I will use some of the […]

Energy Sector Predictions For 2020

We begin 2020 with the stock market again testing record highs. We just finished a year in which oil prices rose by more than 30%. However, natural gas prices closed the year nearly 40% lower, […]

How Much Oil Do We Import From The Middle East?

With tensions in the Middle East high, I have fielded a number of queries on how this might impact the world’s oil markets. Today I want to explore that issue. The Middle East presently produces […]

The Top-Performing Energy Companies Of 2019

I had originally intended on presenting my 2020 energy sector predictions today, but those aren’t quite ready. I expect to publish that column no later than a week from today. Instead, I present another column […]

The Top Energy Stories Of 2019

I close out every year with a story on how my annual predictions fared, followed by what I felt were the top energy stories of the year. I then open up the new year with […]

Grading My 2019 Energy Sector Predictions

At the beginning of each year, I make several predictions about the energy sector for the upcoming year. You can see those predictions and read the context at Energy Sector Predictions For 2019. There is […]

The Significance Of Chevron’s $10 Billion Impairment

Chevron surprised a number of people last week when it announced that it would take a non-cash, after-tax impairment charges of $10 billion to $11 billion in its fourth quarter 2019 results. Chevron issued a […]

Perceptions Give Way To Reality: ExxonMobil Cleared In Climate Change Trial

As I explained last month in Exxon Knew. Did They, Though?, perceptions outside of an oil company are often at odds with what is happening inside the company. I provided several examples. I explained that […]

OPEC Is Running Out Of Options

Last week OPEC, Russia and other oil-producing nations agreed to additional oil production cuts in an effort to support oil prices. Following the 177th Meeting of the OPEC Conference in Vienna, OPEC said it would […]

The World’s Top 10 Carbon Dioxide Emitters

About 200 countries are presently convened for the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP 25 in Madrid. The Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change (COP) is tasked with making sure […]