Aug 29, 2012 Despite, or perhaps because of, the historic drought in the Midwest, farmers are making big profits. Isaac shuts down Louisiana's ports. And all those smartphones come with a cost: more than ever, we're tethered to our jobs.
Aug 29, 2012 Hurricane Isaac is battering the Gulf, which means a huge chunk of American oil drilling and refining is off line. There’s talk of America tapping into the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
Aug 28, 2012 Tropical storm Isaac is expected to become a hurricane, though it won't be nearly as powerful as Katrina. The storm has already shut down off-shore oil rigs in the gulf.
Aug 23, 2012 Which industries do well in public opinion polls? Computers get mostly positive marks, as do retail and anything having to do with food. The federal government and oil and gas, not so much.
Aug 23, 2012 But it probably won't have much impact on consumer's pocketbooks, especially when it comes to the price of gas or electricity.
Aug 22, 2012 From Nigeria, the Wall Street Journal has a provocative piece this morning on how the country's protecting its oil industry. The government's paying warlords, thieves and terrorists to guard the same oil pipelines they once plundered.
Aug 21, 2012 Oil refineries are among the many industries that use large volumes of water. A refinery in water-parched southern California turned to waste water for its needs.
Aug 13, 2012 Oil prices have jumped to a three month high in overseas trading. Brent Crude is at $114 a barrel this morning, despite forecasts that say global oil demand will be lower than first expected.
Aug 7, 2012 A major refinery for Chevron caught fire in California last night. The fire in Richmond, outside of San Francisco, has been extinguished, but the fire could be bad news for drivers across the West, because one less refinery online is likely to mean higher gas prices.