Tag: Oil (Petroleum) and Gasoline

After 30 Years, Kazakhstan Gets a New Ruler. Sort Of.

At a time when would-be autocrats around the world are doing what they can to stay on the throne, the reigning master of their breed, Kazakhstan’s Nursultan Nazarbayev, unexpectedly announced his retirement as president after a mere 30 years. What gives? Most likely not much. Mr. Nazarbayev may no longer be “president,” but among the […]

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Obama-Era Oil Leases Broke the Law by Not Assessing Climate Impact, Judge Rules

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The Obama administration violated federal law by failing to adequately take into account the climate change impact of leasing public land for oil gas drilling in Wyoming, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. But the decision by the United […]

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Trump Administration Loosens Sage Grouse Protections, Benefiting Oil Companies

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Friday finalized its plan to loosen Obama-era protections on the habitat of the sage grouse, an imperiled ground-nesting bird that roams across 10 oil-rich Western states. The plan, which would strip away protections for […]

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Venezuela Blackout, in 2nd Day, Threatens Food Supplies and Patient Lives

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela ground to a halt Friday as a national power blackout entered its second day, stalling public transportation, decimating already scarce food supplies, crippling the vital oil industry and threatening the lives of thousands of chronic patients. A failure at the Guri hydropower plant, which provides the bulk of Venezuela’s electricity, has […]

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Russia Stands With Maduro (While Hedging Its Bets)

MOSCOW — On a rainy afternoon this week, a group of Russian officials and oil executives gathered for Mass in a Catholic church tucked away behind the imposing secret service headquarters in central Moscow. They did not come to pray. Instead, they were commemorating the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chávez, who poured billions of dollars […]

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John Hickenlooper Says He Is Running in 2020, Citing a ‘Crisis of Division’

DENVER — John Hickenlooper, the two-time Colorado governor and former brewpub owner who has overseen Colorado’s remarkable economic expansion, declared his candidacy for president on Monday. Mr. Hickenlooper, 67, a socially progressive, pro-business Democrat who has called himself an “extreme moderate,” had long said he was considering a run, and made early visits to Iowa […]

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John Hickenlooper, Former Colorado Governor, Declares Candidacy for President

John Hickenlooper, the two-time Colorado governor and former brewpub owner who has overseen Colorado’s remarkable economic expansion, declared his candidacy for president on Monday. Mr. Hickenlooper, 67, a socially progressive, pro-business Democrat who has called himself an “extreme moderate,” had long said he was considering a run, and made early visits to Iowa and New […]

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Over 50 People Missing After Nigerian Oil Pipeline Explosion

WARRI, Nigeria — More than 50 people were missing after a leaking oil pipeline exploded and caused a stampede in southern Nigeria, a local official said on Saturday. Nengi James-Eriworio, a spokesman for the Nembe Chiefs Council, told The Associated Press that the blast on Friday caused a massive oil spill in the Nembe Kingdom […]

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Saudi Crown Prince Promises $20 Billion in Investments for Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Saudi Arabia’s crown prince has pledged $20 billion worth of investments in Pakistan to shore up the country’s struggling economy while strengthening bilateral ties at a time when Islamabad is trying to revive its global standing. The pledges made Sunday evening — about double what had been expected — would also help […]

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Iraq Rebuffs U.S. Demands to Stop Buying Energy From Iran

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is pressuring Iraq to stop buying energy from its neighbor and sole foreign supplier, Iran, in what has become a major point of conflict between Washington and Baghdad. Iraqi leaders, fearing that a further shortfall in power would lead to mass protests and political instability in their electricity-starved country, are […]

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Trump Pushes Iraq to Stop Buying Energy From Iran

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is pressuring Iraq to stop buying energy from its neighbor and sole foreign supplier, Iran, in what has become a major point of conflict between Washington and Baghdad. Iraqi leaders, fearing that a further shortfall in power would lead to mass protests and political instability in their electricity-starved country, are […]

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Tests for Oil in Arctic Refuge Won’t Happen This Winter, Officials Say

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. A plan to conduct seismic testing for oil and gas exploration across a large swath of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska has been shelved for this winter, Interior Department officials have said. The announcement signals at least a […]

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Trump Chooses David Bernhardt, a Former Oil Lobbyist, to Head the Interior Dept.

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — President Trump on Monday announced he would nominate David Bernhardt, a former oil lobbyist and current deputy chief of the Interior Department, to succeed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who resigned amid allegations of ethical missteps. In a message […]

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How a ‘Monster’ Texas Oil Field Made the U.S. a Star in the World Market

MIDLAND, Tex. — In a global collapse of oil prices five years ago, scores of American oil companies went bankrupt. One field withstood the onslaught, and even thrived: the Permian Basin, straddling Texas and New Mexico. A combination of technical innovation, aggressive investing and copious layers of oil-rich shale have transformed the Permian, once considered […]

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Venezuela’s Best Path to Democracy? Pay Off the Military

It was surely no accident that on Jan. 23, the Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó declared himself the country’s legitimate president. That challenge to President Nicolás Maduro occurred on the anniversary of a military coup in 1958 that ended a decade of dictatorship and ushered in an era of Venezuelan democracy and economic progress. Venezuela’s […]

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Trump Administration Announces New Sanctions on Venezuela

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Monday announced it would impose sanctions on Venezuela’s state owned oil monopoly, the most aggressive move to date in President Trump’s challenge to Nicolás Maduro, the president of Venezuela. Administration officials indicated that Mr. Trump was still not ruling out military intervention in his efforts to pressure Mr. Maduro […]

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With Spies and Other Operatives, a Nation Looms Over Venezuela’s Crisis: Cuba

MEXICO CITY — When the opposition leader Juan Guaidó was briefly detained by Venezuelan intelligence agents last week, some saw the hand of another government at work. “This agency is controlled & directed by experienced oppressors sent by #Cuba & these kinds of tactics are textbook methods used by the Cuban regime,” Senator Marco Rubio […]

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Echoes of the Past in Venezuela Crisis, but Heard More Lightly

MEXICO CITY — The United States’ support this week of an opposition leader as Venezuela’s interim president seemed to follow a pattern familiar to Latin America, reawakening suspicions of Washington’s intentions in the region and calling to mind American interventions in recent decades. “Don’t trust the gringos,” President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela said this week, […]

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Oceans Are Getting Louder, Posing Potential Threats to Marine Life

Slow-moving, hulking ships crisscross miles of ocean in a lawn mower pattern, wielding an array of 12 to 48 air guns blasting pressurized air repeatedly into the depths of the ocean. The sound waves hit the sea floor, penetrating miles into it, and bounce back to the surface, where they are picked up by hydrophones. […]

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Deadly Mexico Pipeline Disaster Poses Major Test for New President

MEXICO CITY — Word spread quickly: free gasoline. It was spewing from a pipeline, through a hole punched by fuel thieves. People — as many as 900, by some estimates — flocked to the rupture, many carrying containers to fill. But just as quickly, the apparent windfall on Friday turned to disaster when the pipeline […]

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