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Will Financial Stress in the Shale Sector Slow Production Growth?

Making a profit in the shale patch has been an uphill battle to begin with for many companies, but the latest crash in crude prices makes that task much more difficult. Bankruptcies could begin to rise if oil prices fail to rebound.

topics: Bankruptcies, Oil and Gas, Permian, Shale, Shale Debt, Shale Oil Producers

Last-Minute Disruptions Hit Administration’s Revised Fuel Economy Rollout

The EPA's Science Advisory Board has voted to review the administration's revised fuel economy rules, as automakers urge the White House not to finalize its current proposal.

topics: Automakers, EPA, Fuel Economy, Fuel Economy Standards, NHTSA, NPRM

Can 2019 Match the EV Market’s 2018 Highs?

EV sales are off to a slow start in 2019, but automakers continue to bring out a wider range of EV options.

topics: BEV, Chevy Bolt, Chevy Volt, EV tax credit, EVs, GM, PHEV, Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles, Plug-In Vehicles, Tesla

Stage Set For Difficult OPEC Meeting

Russian discontent over Saudi intentions to reduce production is a likely potential flashpoint for the upcoming meeting—but internal OPEC politics, particularly between Saudi Arabia and Iran, mean this summit is rife with tension that threatens to upset proceedings.

topics: Iran, Iraq, OPEC, Russia, Saudi Arabia