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Big Oil lobby showing subtle shifts on climate change

It shows the oil industry's gradual embrace of climate change as a problem the government should address.

Dec 11, 2019 - Energy & Environment
Why climate change is so hard to tackle: Our stubborn energy system

Our dependence on fossil fuels has remained about the same for 30 years.

Aug 26, 2019 - Energy & Environment
The U.S. is exporting oil to 31 countries

The number was essentially zero before 2015.

Aug 2, 2019 - Energy & Environment
The age of American oil

Thanks to the end of a 40-year-old crude oil export ban, a shale boom and a host of geopolitical changes.

Mar 13, 2019 - Energy & Environment

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Amazon defends working with oil companies to reach its zero-carbon goal

Kara Hurst in Seattle.

Partnering with oil and gas producers is necessary for Amazon and other companies to achieve their climate goals, the tech giant's chief of sustainability, Kara Hurst, said during an Axios virtual event on Thursday.

The big picture: Amazon aims to hit carbon neutrality in 2040, 10 years earlier than the Paris climate accord. The company plans to reach its goal in part by helping companies develop climate-friendly technologies through a $2 billion venture fund. The first recipients were announced on Thursday.

Amy Harder, author of Generate
Sep 17, 2020 - Energy & Environment

How sudden geopolitical events bring about long-term changes in oil use

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Reproduced from Morgan Stanley; Chart: Axios Visuals

Sudden changes in world politics can bring about permanent changes in oil-and-gas use, per a recent Morgan Stanley report.

Driving the news: Geopolitical unrest in the late '70s and early '80s — the Iranian Revolution and start of the Iran-Iraq war — disrupted a lot of oil supply that, in turn, sent prices skyrocketing. That sudden jolt to the global oil system permanently cut oil consumption per capita that’s stayed with the world ever since, says Martijn Rats, managing director for equity research for Morgan Stanley.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Sep 16, 2020 - Energy & Environment

BP's renewable energy plans come into focus

Photo: Aleksander Kalka/NurPhoto via Getty Images

BP is providing more info this week about its decades-long plan to diversify away from its dominant fossil fuel business — including expectations for the first few years.

Why it matters: European-based global oil giants are all vowing some kind of decades-long pivot toward more climate-friendly products and deep emissions cuts.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Sep 15, 2020 - Energy & Environment

Oil faces "treacherous" path as COVID-19 digs in

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The International Energy Agency this morning cut its estimate for the pace of global oil demand recovery from the depths of the pandemic-fueled collapse, and warned that "uncertainty created by COVID-19 shows little sign of abating."

Driving the news: The agency now projects that full-year 2020 global demand will be 8.4 million barrels per day less than in 2019, compared to 8.1 mbd in last month's estimate.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Sep 13, 2020 - Energy & Environment

BP projects peak oil demand is very close or already happened

Oil drilling ship Tungsten Explorer off the coast of Lebanon on Feb. 25, 2020. Photo: Joseph Eid/AFP via Getty Images

Global oil consumption is slated to plateau early this decade even without vastly stronger measures to combat climate change, BP said in a new analysis.

Why it matters: BP now sees this moment arriving a decade sooner than last year's version of their long-term outlook for oil-and-gas, coal, renewables, cars and more.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Sep 10, 2020 - Energy & Environment

BP makes billion-dollar offshore wind play

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BP is making its first move into offshore wind via a new deal and partnership with Norway-based Equinor, which is developing big U.S. projects.

Driving the news: BP is paying Equinor $1.1 billion for a 50% stake in wind farms Equinor is developing off the coasts of New York and Massachusetts. The oil-and-gas companies — which are both making more moves into renewables — also announced a "strategic partnership" to jointly pursue other U.S. offshore projects.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Sep 9, 2020 - Energy & Environment

Energy analysts look decades ahead amid industry chaos

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Modeling the long-term future of global energy sources and demand was a fraught and dicey thing even before the once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, but we're about to see a bunch of analysts take their best swings.

Driving the news: Next week BP will unveil the big annual look-ahead to 2050, while next month will bring midcentury outlooks from the International Energy Agency and the Energy Information Administration.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Sep 9, 2020 - Energy & Environment

The yin-yang of Trump's drilling policy

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It would be easy to feel some whiplash over recent Trump administration moves on oil-and-gas industry access — or lack thereof — to areas currently off-limits.

Driving the news: Trump used a Tuesday stop in Florida — a swing state with a huge electoral vote bounty — to announce an order that keeps the eastern Gulf of Mexico off-limits through 2032.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Sep 8, 2020 - Energy & Environment

Trump extends Florida offshore drilling ban

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President Trump said Tuesday that he will extend a longstanding ban on offshore drilling off the coast of Florida, a critical 2020 swing state, and expand it to Georgia and South Carolina.

Why it matters: The announcement would further seal off the eastern Gulf of Mexico, a region long-coveted by oil companies.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Sep 8, 2020 - Energy & Environment

The oil market's recovery loses ground

Data: Yahoo; Chart: Axios Visuals

The oil market's recovery from the depths of the pandemic-fueled collapse has gone into reverse lately.

Driving the news: Prices stalled in the low $40s per barrel for the U.S. benchmark WTI several months ago and have been losing ground in recent days.

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