David Koenig, Ap Business Writer Updated 12:02 pm CDT, Sunday, April 7, 2019 The U.S. oil and gas industry is praised by supporters for boosting America to the forefront of global production and attacked by critics who blame it for sowing doubt about the scientific consensus that burning fossil fuels is changing the Earth's climate. The American Petroleum Institute is the energy industry's lobbyist in Washington. These days it is led by Mike Sommers, previously the chief of staff for former Republican House Speaker John Boehner. Recently Sommers talked with The Associated Press about the energy industry, climate change, offshore drilling and other issues. His answers here have been edited for brevity. Q. The U.S. is now the world's biggest oil producer. What does that mean for the industry and investors? A. The most important component is what it means to the United States. It's given our lawmakers an incredible amount of flexibility to help lead the world. No longer … [Read more...] about CEO of oil group sees no slowdown in US production
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Climate change is scary. As October’s UN report highlighted, we have about a decade left to fight off its worst effects. But if you’re going to lose sleep over our warming climate, you may as well do so on a sustainably sourced mattress. Thanks to companies like Covestro, you can actually do one better – up to 20 percent of each of their cardyon-based mattresses are made from captured, atmosphere-bound carbon dioxide. Covestro is just one such company. A whole wave of startups has emerged to convert greenhouse gases into clothes, animal food, toothpaste, jet fuel, vehicles, concrete, plastics, shoes and more. They’re all part of a growing, environmentally critical industry known as carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS), most recently highlighted at Y Combinator’s Demo Day. Without it, we may not stand a chance. What is CCUS? CCUS, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, is the “process … [Read more...] about The growing market of everyday products made from greenhouse gases
By Sergio Chapa, Staff writer Published 12:00 am CST, Sunday, January 20, 2019 Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Democrat, reacts to a a bay wing hawk flying over him and fellow congressman Rep. Will Hurd, a Republican, at Mitchell Lake in October. The congressmen are part of a bipartisan group of Texas lawmakers seeking to strengthen the ties of the U.S. energy sector to Mexico even as the political battle over the border wall partially shut down the federal government less Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Democrat, reacts to a a bay wing hawk flying over him and fellow congressman Rep. Will Hurd, a Republican, at Mitchell Lake in October. The congressmen are part of a bipartisan group of ... more Photo: Josie Norris, Staff / San Antonio Express-News Photo: Josie Norris, Staff / San Antonio Express-News Image 1 of … [Read more...] about Bipartisan group aims to boost natural gas exports to Mexico
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Jon Chesto Globe Staff December 19, 2018 With lawmakers raking the natural gas industry over the coals, this might seem like a strange time to seek support at the State House for expanded pipeline capacity.But the headlines regarding Columbia Gas’ Merrimack Valley disaster and the union lockout at National Grid don’t seem to be getting in the way.The progas Mass Coalition for Sustainable Energy continues to grow its ranks: The Neponset Valley, Cape Cod Canal, and Sandwich chambers of commerce recently joined. And pipeline operator Enbridge has hired Brian Dempsey, a former top lieutenant of House Speaker Robert DeLeo’s, to lobby on its behalf. The coalition’s primary financial backers — Enbridge, Eversource, and National Grid — don’t have a specific bill lined up. But they want to pave the way for legislation that would … [Read more...] about Natural gas industry burns for more pipeline capacity in Mass.
Proof that good things don't always come in nice packages can be found by taking the fast train from Beijing to Tianjin and then driving to the coast. Tianjin, China's third-biggest city, originated as Beijing's port on the Yellow Sea. But in recent years Tianjin has reclaimed so much of its muddy, unstable shoreline that the city has effectively moved inland and a new, crazily active port has sprung up at the water's edge. In this hyper-industrialized zone, its highways choked with trucks, stand scores of factories and utility plants, each a mass of pipes, reactors, valves, vents, retorts, crackers, blowers, chimneys, and distillation towers—the sort of facility James Cameron might have lingered over, musing, on his way to film the climax of Terminator 2. Among these edifices, just as big and almost as anonymous as its neighbors, is a structure called GreenGen, built by China Huaneng Group, a giant state-owned electric utility, in collaboration with half a dozen other firms, … [Read more...] about Renewables Aren’t Enough. Clean Coal Is the Future