Politics

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
‘Joe Biden Will Not Ban Fracking,’ Says Harris in VP Debate

‘Joe Biden Will Not Ban Fracking,’ Says Harris in VP Debate

A Biden administration will not ban hydraulic fracturing (fracking) if he wins the November election, his vice presidential candidate, Sen. Kamala Harris (CA), said repeatedly during a debate with Vice President Pence Wednesday night. Energy and climate change figured more prominently during Wednesday’s contest in Salt Lake City than in the chaotic presidential debate that…

October 8, 2020
Argentina Said Poised to Need Additional Natural Gas Starting Next Year

Argentina Said Poised to Need Additional Natural Gas Starting Next Year

Macroeconomic and political uncertainty could stymie development of Argentina’s vast Vaca Muerta shale play in western Argentina, leading to a greater need for natural gas imports. “There is a lot of uncertainty because of the exchange rate, macroeconomic conditions, and fracking activity which is almost halted, not only due to the pandemic effect but because…

September 24, 2020
Argentina’s President Calls for Oil, Gas Push to Advance Economic Development

Argentina’s President Calls for Oil, Gas Push to Advance Economic Development

Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández, in a meeting with new energy secretary Darío Martínez last week, said the country needed to stimulate oil and gas production as a road to national economic development. In the presidential residence in Olivos last Thursday, Fernández echoed what he said last year during campaigning. The energy sector was key to…

September 3, 2020
GOP Doubles Down on Deregulation, as Trump Claims Biden to ‘Lay Waste’ to U.S. Oil, Natural Gas

GOP Doubles Down on Deregulation, as Trump Claims Biden to ‘Lay Waste’ to U.S. Oil, Natural Gas

President Trump is betting that, by touting deregulation and deriding his Democratic opponent as an extremist who will raise taxes and throw wrenches into oil and gas development, he will galvanize domestic energy industry support ahead of the November election. Culminating the Republican National Committee (RNC) convention Thursday night in Washington, DC, Trump claimed his…

August 28, 2020