Oil sands: Chevron may sell its 20 percent stake in Canada's Athabasca Oil Sands project, which could bring in $2.5 billion, according to Reuters.
- Why it matters: There's a trend among international oil heavyweights that's leaving oil sands more consolidated in the hands of Canadian companies. Chevron would be the latest to walk away from holdings there, following divestments by Shell, ConocoPhillips and Statoil.
Apple: Three more of the tech giant's suppliers — Compal Electronics Inc., Sunwoda Electronic Co. and Biel Crystal Manufactory Ltd. — have committed to using only renewable energy, which means seven suppliers have made that pledge, Bloomberg reports. Apple says it already gets 96 percent of its direct energy supplies from renewables.
- Quick take: Corporate procurement of renewable power could become an even more important U.S. driver of wind, solar and other tech as the federal government backs away from Obama-era policies.
ConocoPhillips: The company is selling $3 billion worth of holdings in the San Juan basin natural gas region of Colorado and New Mexico to a partnership between Hilcorp Energy and the Carlyle Group, a private equity firm.
- Corporate context: The Houston Chronicle points out that this comes shortly after the company announced it's shedding assets in Canada's oil sands. The transactions "mark another step in its transformation from one of the world's largest oil companies, with integrated oil refining and production operations, to a leaner U.S. oil producer focused on domestic shale plays," the report states.
Congress: A town hall meeting dominated by ... climate change and not health care? Apparently so! According to Michigan's MLive media group, one of GOP Rep. Justin Amash's town hall meeting this week in Byron Township was very heavy on the topic.
On campus: Reuters decided to survey college 21 Republican clubs about climate change and found that roughly half agree with the scientific mainstream.
- "About half said their members believe climate change is predominantly human-caused." A fourth said their members had a mix of views, while three said it doesn't come up often.