The nation’s seven Class I railroads spent $11.5 billion on diesel in 2012. Given that LNG costs roughly half as much as diesel, the majority of the railroads have announced plans to test LNG-fueled locomotives.
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By News Desk | November 18, 2013 05:02 PM Comments (0)
By John Kingston | September 13, 2013 11:50 AM Comments (19)
We don’t want to keep picking on Vermont. (Maybe we do. The story sort of writes itself.)
But the latest developments there are more interesting chapters in a state that wants to be the greenest in the nation, but keeps running into what some people there might see as “unintended consequences.” But they are utterly predictable to anybody who understands energy tradeoffs.
So here’s a summary of the last few weeks in the Green Mountain State:
By Brian Scheid | July 2, 2013 05:36 PM Comments (1)
Swallowed up by the Edward Snowden story, a landmark Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage, immigration reform and even the start of the George Zimmerman trial, President Barack Obama’s long-awaited plan to combat climate change failed to capture America’s hearts and minds last week.
Sure, the plan drew some acclaim from environmentalists, a wave of criticism from fossil fuel interests and a sharp rebuke from congressional Republicans, and even some coal-state Democrats, that Obama was continuing his “war on coal.” But the responses were little more than press release bluster and widely expected.
By News Desk | June 10, 2013 12:01 AM Comments (0)
By James Bourne | June 7, 2013 01:35 PM Comments (0)
It was something of a surprise that there were no protesters at the recent Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association conference in Brisbane, capital of the eastern state of Queensland.
The three-day annual get together, which saw 3,700 delegates from 30 countries gather to meet, greet and discuss Australia’s oil and gas business, went off without a hitch.
The unspoken fear had been that demonstrators opposed to the production of coalseam gas would try to disrupt proceedings, which helped explain why a few bored-looking armed police could be seen patrolling the cavernous conference venue.
By News Desk | May 20, 2013 12:01 AM Comments (1)
By News Desk | March 18, 2013 12:01 AM Comments (0)
Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline, including its developer, TransCanada, are finding they’ve got a fight on their hands from environmentalists that hasn’t lost a step in terms of creating energy among the green movement. Gary Park in Calgary has had a front row seat, and he writes about it in this week’s Oilgram News column, Petrodollars.
By Christine Forster | March 13, 2013 12:01 AM Comments (1)
Nearly two years ago I wrote a blog entry for The Barrel discussing the fact that the Australian coalseam gas industry had averted a public relations disaster, after coming “within a blink” of being shut down by angry farmers and graziers.
Now it seems the tables have turned yet again, with the industry coming under heavy fire from environmental lobby groups and facing government-imposed restrictions on its activities.
MidAmerican deal on coal shows that it may be Bloomberg bucks, not Obama, that leads the fight against it
By Kathy Larsen | January 22, 2013 05:43 PM Comments (1)
On Tuesday, MidAmerican Energy said it would stop burning coal at five generating units in Iowa by 2016. Its settlement with the Sierra Club affects about 673 MW of capacity.
The announcement came a day after President Barack Obama devoted a surprisingly big part of his inaugural speech to the subject of climate change. It is unknown just what his administration will actually do about it. Read the rest of this entry »
By Yen Ling Song | January 3, 2013 11:00 AM Comments (1)
The past year could arguably be labeled as “China’s year that wasn’t”. The Year of the Dragon, while considered the luckiest of the Chinese zodiac, did not herald particularly auspicious tidings. Instead, China was saddled with a slowing economy, political scandals that rocked the country and territorial squabbles with its neighbors in the South China Sea.
In the energy sphere, widespread speculation about major overhauls to oil and gas pricing did not materialize, nor was progress made on gas pipeline sales from Russia. Monthly measurements of apparent oil demand contracted for the first time last year — in June and August — but then skyrocketed to record volumes at the end of the year.