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Nick Cunningham

Contributor since: 04 Nov 2013

Nick Cunningham

Biography

Nick Cunningham is a Vermont-based writer on energy and environmental issues. You can follow him on twitter.

Latest articles from Nick

  • White House Targets Methane Emissions

    Published 29 March 2014 | viewed 9,676 times

    On March 28, the White House released a multi-pronged strategy to reduce methane emissions from a variety of sources, a step the administration says is…

  • A U.S.-Saudi Move to Lower Oil Prices?

    Published 27 March 2014 | viewed 16,487 times

    Could the U.S. unleash a flood of oil from the strategic petroleum reserve that would drive down prices in order to punish Russia? While the…

  • DOE Approves West Coast LNG Terminal

    Published 25 March 2014 | viewed 7,205 times

    The Department of Energy issued its conditional approval for a liquefied natural gas export terminal in Oregon on March 24. This marks the seventh overall…

  • Russia Looks East as Relations with Europe Deteriorate

    Published 22 March 2014 | viewed 12,458 times

    The standoff between the U.S. and the EU on one hand, and Russia on the other, intensified pretty quickly late last week. The U.S. quickly…

  • Outlook for Coal Darkens

    Published 20 March 2014 | viewed 7,684 times

    The coal market in the United States continues to shrink, dimming the industry’s future prospects. New data from the Energy Information Administration shows that planned…

  • How Will Crimea Influence Iran Talks?

    Published 18 March 2014 | viewed 5,100 times

    Talks are resuming in Vienna over Iran’s nuclear program between Iran and the P5+1 – China, France, Russia, the U.K., the U.S. and Germany. The…

  • Russia Eyes Crimea’s Oil and Gas Reserves

    Published 15 March 2014 | viewed 25,233 times

    According to Reuters, Crimea may nationalize oil and gas assets within its borders belonging to Ukraine, and sell them off to Russia. Crimea’s Deputy Prime…

  • Ukrainian Crisis Sparks EU Efforts to Improve Energy Security

    Published 13 March 2014 | viewed 8,684 times

    Russia’s incursion into Ukraine has sparked concerns over disruptions in natural gas supplies to Europe. Russia has previously shut off the taps for geopolitical leverage,…

  • Three Years After Fukushima, What’s Next for Nuclear Power?

    Published 11 March 2014 | viewed 5,406 times

    March 11 marks the third anniversary of the tsunami that hit Japan and led to the disaster at Fukushima-Daiichi. Thousands died from the tsunami, and…

  • Geopolitical Turmoil Takes its Toll on ExxonMobil

    Published 08 March 2014 | viewed 10,900 times

    ExxonMobil had a pretty rotten week. On March 5 it announced that it would reduce capital expenditures this year, after having “peaked” in 2013. Its…

  • Coal’s Comeback Year Runs into Trouble

    Published 06 March 2014 | viewed 10,775 times

    The U.S. coal industry is expected to have a comeback year in 2014, regaining some of the ground it lost in the electric power industry…

  • Russia Needs to Sell Gas More than EU Needs to Buy it

    Published 04 March 2014 | viewed 13,016 times

    The Russian occupation of Crimea has raised concerns about the European Union’s dependence on its eastern neighbor for natural gas. The EU gets about 34%…

  • Markets in Turmoil on Ukrainian Crisis

    Published 03 March 2014 | viewed 3,701 times

    The brewing war in Ukraine has quickly reverberated through the markets, sending stocks down and commodities up. Tension heightened over the weekend with Russia’s move…

  • China Moves Forward with New Nuclear Reactors

    Published 01 March 2014 | viewed 12,437 times

    On February 27th, China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) approved the construction of two new nuclear reactors in the eastern coastal province of Shandong. The…

  • Shell’s Troubles in Nigeria Continue

    Published 27 February 2014 | viewed 6,552 times

    Royal Dutch Shell is in the midst of a flurry of sell offs to fix its balance sheet, unloading billions of dollars of assets as…

  • Obama Admin Raises Liability Cap for Oil Spills

    Published 25 February 2014 | viewed 7,458 times

    On February 21, the U.S. Department of Interior proposed raising the cap on liabilities that oil companies are forced to pay in the event of…

  • Can U.S. LNG Break Russia’s Gas Grip on Europe?

    Published 22 February 2014 | viewed 19,241 times

    The spread between natural gas prices in the United States and Asia has many U.S. producers salivating at the prospect of shipping LNG overseas. Japan,…

  • Opportunity for U.S. LNG Exporters May Be Limited

    Published 20 February 2014 | viewed 7,914 times

    Natural gas prices in the U.S. for quite a few years now have hovered between the $2 and $4 per million btu (MMBtu) range, while…

  • Oil Train Derailments Reaching Crisis Point

    Published 18 February 2014 | viewed 11,093 times

    On February 13 a Norfolk Southern Railway train bound for New Jersey derailed in Vandergrift, Pennsylvania. About 3,500 to 4,500 gallons of crude oil spilled,…

  • Iranian Oil Exports Increase After Nuclear Deal

    Published 17 February 2014 | viewed 10,230 times

    Shaking off some of the restrictions of international sanctions, Iran managed to boost its oil exports by 100,000 barrels per day in January. According to…

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