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Nick Cunningham

Contributor since: 04 Nov 2013

Nick Cunningham

Nick Cunningham is an independent journalist, covering oil and gas, energy and environmental policy, and international politics. He is based in Portland, Oregon. 

Latest articles from Nick

  • White House Targets Methane Emissions

    Published 29 March 2014 | viewed 16,644 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 23,465 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 9,662 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 19,867 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 9,285 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 7,383 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 35,393 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 10,690 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 6,833 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 18,168 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 13,631 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 16,455 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 5,081 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 14,696 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 9,586 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 12,529 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 25,714 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 9,975 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 17,994 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 14,033 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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