The Hidden Danger of the Gas Boom

February 8, 2012By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

The hype surrounding the US gas industry continues to grow as America moves ever closer to its cherished dream of energy independence. Yesterday, Bloomberg reported that “the U.S. is the closest it has been in almost 20 years to achieving energy self-sufficiency, a goal the nation has been pursuing since the 1973 Arab oil embargo … Read More

A Road Map to Renewal or Ruin?

January 18, 2012By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

The oil boys from Houston must be wriggling with delight after President Obama’s official jobs council called for an “all-in approach” to energy policy that includes expanded oil-and-gas drilling as well as more pipelines. “We should allow more access to oil, natural gas and coal opportunities on federal lands,” argued the President’s Council on Jobs … Read More

British LNG Imports at Risk in Gulf Crisis

January 16, 2012By Andy RowellBlog Post

More on the growing Iranian crisis. Brent crude is rising this morning due to worries over serious disruptions to the supply of crude after Iran warned its Arab neighbours of “consequences” if they raised oil output to replace Iranian loses through international sanctions. As the US has increased diplomatic pressure on countries that import Iranian … Read More

The API doesn’t just threaten Obama, it threatens us all.

January 5, 2012By Lorne StockmanBlog Post, Featured 2 Comments

 Yesterday’s presentation by American Petroleum Institute CEO Jack Gerard (right) was reported widely as the oil industry laying down the gauntlet for Obama to approve Keystone XL. The threat was indeed pretty clear. Gerard claimed President Obama would face “huge political consequences” if he denied the permit for the project. But the API’s agenda, which is clearly … Read More

Don’t Look Away Now

November 21, 2011By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

Love it or loath it as the voice of business, you can say one thing about the Financial Times, it normally covers the energy beat with a reasonable degree of accuracy. That’s why is was so disappointing to read the latest misguided comment piece by the paper’s Washington columnist Edward Luce, in an article “Look … Read More