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Corporate America Calls for Invoking 25th Amendment; Chevron Urges Orderly Biden Transition

Corporate America Calls for Invoking 25th Amendment; Chevron Urges Orderly Biden Transition

Calls were escalating Thursday from lawmakers and major business groups, including the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), for President Trump to step down from office before his term ends on Jan. 20. A mob of Trump supporters on Wednesday stormed the U.S. Capitol, wreaking havoc and terror inside the hallowed halls of democracy. Four people…

January 7, 2021
Fossil, Renewable Energy Advocates Alike Applaud Passing of $2.3T Spending Bill

Fossil, Renewable Energy Advocates Alike Applaud Passing of $2.3T Spending Bill

Proponents of the natural gas, oil and renewable energy sectors all found something to like about a $2.3 trillion omnibus spending and coronavirus relief package passed late Monday by the House and Senate. The American Petroleum Institute (API) praised legislators for including several provisions from Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s (R-AK) American Energy Innovation Act, including parts…

December 22, 2020
Mixed Reaction from Oil, Natural Gas Industry as Biden Names Top Climate, Energy Picks

Mixed Reaction from Oil, Natural Gas Industry as Biden Names Top Climate, Energy Picks

President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Thursday unveiled his picks for the top climate and energy posts in his administration, leaving little doubt of an impending sea change in federal policy when he takes office on Jan. 20. The nominations and appointments comprise U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM), Department of the Interior (DOI) secretary; former…

December 18, 2020
Mexico Natural Gas Market Hangs On in Tortuous 2020

Mexico Natural Gas Market Hangs On in Tortuous 2020

Mexico’s natural gas market continued to grow in 2020 despite the chaos wrought by Covid-19 and unease around the government’s state-centric energy policies, underscoring the molecule’s increasing importance to the local economy. Looking back, NGI’s Mexico GPI forecasts last year may have been wildly optimistic. The year started innocently enough, but it took a sharp…

December 17, 2020
Cabinet Changes in Mexico Bring Hope for Improving Investment Conditions

Cabinet Changes in Mexico Bring Hope for Improving Investment Conditions

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico reshuffled his cabinet early in December in what several analysts consider a move that will improve relations with the private sector and potential foreign investors. The new officials, the analysts suggested, are likely also to work more closely with their U.S. counterparts in the upcoming administration of President…

December 16, 2020
Green Groups Applaud Biden Picks for Energy Secretary, White House Climate Czar

Green Groups Applaud Biden Picks for Energy Secretary, White House Climate Czar

President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. reportedly has chosen former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm to lead the Department of Energy and former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy to serve as White House climate czar under the new administration. A two-term governor, Granholm served from 2003-2011. During her tenure, she signed into law bipartisan clean…

December 16, 2020
‘Incredibly Well Qualified’ FERC Nominees Headed to Full Senate After Committee Vote

‘Incredibly Well Qualified’ FERC Nominees Headed to Full Senate After Committee Vote

The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee on Wednesday voted to advance a pair of President Trump’s FERC nominees for consideration by the full Senate, raising the prospect of restoring the agency to a full complement of five commissioners by the start of 2021. Trump tapped Republican Mark Christie and Democrat Allison Clements to…

November 19, 2020
Trump Administration Moves to Auction Alaska ANWR for Oil, Natural Gas Development

Trump Administration Moves to Auction Alaska ANWR for Oil, Natural Gas Development

The Trump administration on Monday began a formal push that possibly could allow oil and natural gas leases to be auctioned in Alaska’s pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) before Joseph R. Biden Jr. is sworn into office in January. According to a preliminary notice in the Federal Register to be published on Tuesday, the…

November 16, 2020
Column: Five-Year Plan Offers Worthy Natural Gas Projects, Some Important Omissions

Column: Five-Year Plan Offers Worthy Natural Gas Projects, Some Important Omissions

Editor’s Note: NGI’s Mexico Gas Price Index, a leader tracking Mexico natural gas market reform, is offering the following column by Eduardo Prud’homme as part of a regular series on understanding this process. Prud’homme was central to the development of Cenagas, the nation’s natural gas pipeline operator, an entity formed in 2015 as part of…

November 13, 2020
U.S. Energy Industry Bracing for Change as Biden Becomes President-Elect

U.S. Energy Industry Bracing for Change as Biden Becomes President-Elect

Joseph R. Biden Jr. has become the president-elect and will take office in January, heralding a seismic shift in energy and climate policy from the executive branch. However, any major legislation could be stymied by a divided Congress, assuming Republicans retain their majority in the Senate, while executive actions could be challenged by a more…

November 9, 2020