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Shell hedges bets, adds hydrogen fuel to 1st U.K. station

Shell hedges bets, adds hydrogen fuel to 1st U.K. station

Anticipating a possible decrease in fossil-fuel consumption from the mass deployment of zero-emission vehicles, one of the world's largest oil companies is hedging its bets. Royal Dutch Shell is becoming increasingly involved in hydrogen fueling infrastructure, which will be needed if fuel-cell... read more

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Trump supported ethanol, but his team may not; is oil the reason?

As President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration draws closer, confusion still surrounds many of his possible energy policies. During the campaign, Trump indicated that he... read more December 30, 2016 by


 
Oil well (photo by John Hill)

Oil in ground may be worth less, Exxon concedes, unhappily

As low oil prices remain steady, many oil companies have been forced to write down the value of their reserves. It's something oil giant ExxonMobil has resisted, even as its... read more November 10, 2016 by


 
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Global oil demand could peak by 2020, says Shell

The rise of electric cars has led many analysts to make predictions about the future of the oil industry. ExxonMobil and OPEC have both made statements indicating confidence... read more November 9, 2016 by


 
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Electric cars pose 'resoundingly negative' threat to oil companies: analyst Fitch

It goes without saying that mass adoption of electric cars would lead to a massive decrease in oil consumption over time. So far, though, the oil industry hasn't seemed to... read more October 26, 2016 by


 
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Oil company pays $26 million for half-billion-dollar ethanol plant

The failure of cellulosic ethanol may prove beneficial to oil giant Royal Dutch Shell. Cellulosic ethanol was seen as an important component of mass ethanol adoption because... read more October 20, 2016 by


 
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Did you know Exxon researched hybrid cars (then ignored them)?

Hybrid cars are often thought of as a fairly recent development, but few things under the sun are truly new. In response to the 1970s oil crises, engineers began... read more October 14, 2016 by


 
Oil well (photo by John Hill)

U.S., China peer-reviewed reports lay out huge subsidies for fossil fuels

Critics of the renewable-energy industry argue that it's unfair that energy sources such as wind and solar often benefit from government subsidies. But the volumes and... read more September 22, 2016 by


 
Gasoline shortage due to ruptured pipeline, September 2016

Southeast gasoline drivers to get range anxiety after pipeline rupture?

The term "range anxiety" is commonly associated with electric cars because of relatively short ranges for many of them, along with a lack of charging infrastructure in many... read more September 20, 2016 by


 
Oil well (photo by John Hill)

What does OPEC think about electric cars? Same as Exxon: no threat

Just over five years after the first modern electric cars went on sale in significant numbers, they have become firmly entrenched in the marketplace. Carmakers are planning... read more September 1, 2016 by


 
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Oil and gas fracking industry targets Millennials for support

The oil and gas industries certainly know how to tailor their messages to specific demographics. The process of hydraulic fracturing—commonly known as... read more August 22, 2016 by


 
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U.S. states agreed to keep Exxon climate-deception probe secret: here's why

As far back as the 1970s, Exxon conducted research that confirmed the occurrence of climate change—and that burning fossil fuels is a major contributor to it. But the... read more August 14, 2016 by


 
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Oil is cheap, so Kuwait raised its own gas price to compensate

Cheap gasoline is good news for the economies of most countries, but not those that rely on oil exports. The sustained fall in global prices has led oil-producing countries... read more August 4, 2016 by


 
Oil well (photo by John Hill)

Wealthy nations on fossil-fuel subsidies: we'll end them...later

The world's wealthiest nations have not yet been able to commit to end subsidies to the fossil-fuel industry, even in the face of growing alarm over climate change. Members... read more July 5, 2016 by


 
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Gasoline demand rises in U.S., China, and India; more growth expected

Gasoline prices, which fell below $2 a gallon in many parts of the United States over the winter, have been slowly rising again. And given the supply-and-demand equations in... read more May 20, 2016 by


 
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French oil company Total agrees to buy battery maker Saft

Energy storage has never been the subject of more research, capital investment, and business interest than it's experiencing in this decade. With lithium-ion cells at the... read more May 12, 2016 by


 

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